Should I Upgrade My GeForce GTX 460 to a GeForce GTX 960 Video Card?

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Crysis 3

crysis3-SS Like the others, it is a first-person shooter developed by Crytek, using their CryEngine 3. Released in February 2013, it is well known to make even powerful system choke. It has probably the highest graphics requirements of any game available today. Unfortunately, Crytek didn’t include a standardized benchmark with Crysis 3. While the enemies will move about on their own, we will attempt to keep the same testing process for each test. crysis3-settings crysis3-settings2 Crysis 3 has a reputation for being highly resource intensive. Most graphics cards will have problems running Crysis 3 at maximum settings, so we settled on no AA with the graphics quality mostly set to Very High with 16x AF. We disabled v-sync and left the motion blur amount on medium. crysis3-cpu-utilization Crysis 3 appeared to run for the most part on just 3 CPU threads and used up about 15-18% of our Intel Core i7-4960X processor with these settings. Notice that the processor speed was at 3.53GHz and we very seldom, if ever, saw the processor go into turbo mode on Crysis 3. crysis3 Benchmark Results: The ASUS STRIX GTX 960 DirectCU II OC 2GB video card was found to be 2.32x faster than the NVIDIA GeFroce GTX 460 1GB video card in Crysis 3.

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  • somesome11

    I have a GTX 460, but I swear I got a weird one or something, because that thing puts out enough heat to raise the temperature of the bedroom it is in by several degrees, so I’m looking to replace it. From the benchmarks it looks like the 970 gets even hotter?!

    My GTX 460 also says, according to the onboard sensors, that it gets up to around 65 degrees C, but after that it seems to crash so I have to have the fan on the thing at 100% all the time. I have no idea how you’re keeping them at 60 degrees F, I have a HAF 932 case so I don’t think there should be any significant buildup of heat going on.

    • Slade0113

      I have two Nvidia 460’s in SLI that were temping around 73C at load. Try blowing the dust out of your card(s) and applying new thermal compound. I did last year and reduced their avg. temps by more than ten degrees C. That was with a two year old tube of OCZ Freeze. Probably better with a new tube of Arctic Silver. Thermal paste can get dried and gummy after six years, losing its efficacy. 🙂 Anyway, don’t discount the need for occasional maintenance on PC equipment. Especially if you have wall-to-wall carpeting or pets. Since you’re having trouble with stability, that could be your issue. The HAF 932 is an excellent case, but make sure you’re positively pressurizing it as much as possible. (More intake than exhaust.) Makes a big difference for dust control. I’ve discovered recently that my filtered intake EVGA Supernova G2 1000w PSU was sucking in dust from the gap between the case and PSU, inside the case! Massive dust bomb when blown out last week. I’m looking into some sort of weatherstripping solution. Anyway, all that to say it’s an important issue. The 60 Deg F was probably a typo. Happens to the best of us. 60 Deg C is still a great temp @ load.

  • Dansolo

    Another day, another reviewer that doesn’t understand the difference between “faster” and “as fast as.” 2 is 100% greater than 1. 2 is 200% the size of 1. When you say “faster,” you have to exclude the initial value of 100%.

  • Adriana Tomic

    What about the GTX 460 with 2GB memory? ..I have that one,so I am curious about that

  • RDA

    Wonder what the comparison is for two 460’s in SLI.

  • joe

    I’m confused. How is it that the memory bandwidth is more on the 460? Does it even matter?

  • I was hoping to see performance comparisons AFTER over clocking both cards to their max clock speed obtainable on the provided coolers. I run my 1GB 460 at 800mhz clock for example and it gets me a lot more mileage in modern games. I’m also not entirely interested in the 960’s performance at out of the box speeds that I will be changing the moment I install it. Really appreciate the article for what it is, however

    • Nathan Kirsch

      yeah, that is the big concern as no two people are going to be running the same speeds. I can re-do the testing at higher clock speeds, but if I increase the clock speeds by 20% on both cards the performance difference would remain about the same.

  • ramonzarat

    I was hoping for a complete x60 series comparison show down: GTX 260, 460, 560, 660, 760 and 960, single and SLI, on 2 platforms, the good old i7-920 @ 4Ghz and i7-4770K also @ 4Ghz.

    That would have been an amazing article showing the GPU evolution and CPU scaling. Great article nevertheless.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      I have nearly 300 video cards on hand, but I gave all my 560’s and 660’s away to staff and friends. 🙁

    • Eddie Jewell

      yes this is what i have been wanting to see myself!

  • JamesMaseoBrown

    How is obtaining healthcare comparable to natural disasters? And how does that tie into deciding whether or not to upgrade a video card? Keep your politics out of your articles, because not everyone is a wingnut and agrees with you.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      I was merely stating some of the big events that happened in 2010 that people might remember. I wasn’t bring politics into the article or saying the ACA is bad. Obviously it can be read in a manner other than I envisioned.

      • Seerak

        I’d have said “wingnut, heal thyself” seeing as he’s the one seeing politics everywhere. I wouldn’t sweat his sort, Nathan.

    • SaneThinker

      Anyone who off the bat uses “wingnut” as an insult doesn’t have any right to judge someone else’s political views, or claim a false moral high ground.