The New Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Mining Performance

22 Jan
2015

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Today Nvidia has introduced a new mid-range GPU based on their latest Maxwell architecture – the GeForce GTX 960. Specifications wise the new GTX 960 is kind of half the parameters of the GTX 980 at about half the price, but it is actually more interesting as an alternative to GTX 750 Ti in our opinion. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 GPUs should provide roughly 1.5x to 2x the performance of a GTX 750 Ti being slightly more expensive and with 120W TDP according to the official specifications. We have managed to get our hands on one GeForce GTX 960 from Palit, their reference-like design though it is still slightly overclocked version, but the lowest and cheapest version that they currently offer and have decided to compare it to the performance of a reference GTX 750 Ti card with no factory overclocking to see the difference in performance.

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We have used the latest ccMiner 1.5.31-git Fork by SP for Maxwell to test on both GPUs and you can see the results in the table above. As expected the performance result from the GTX 960 we are seeing are in the range 1.5x-2x the ones that GTX 750 Ti provides. With a more serious factory overclocked GTX 960 results more to the 2x can be observed as compared to a reference non overclocked GTX 750 Ti GPU. There were however a few weird things that we have noticed and also the reason why there are no results from all of the supported algorithms listed in the table. Lyra2 for example performs worse on GTX 960 than on GTX 750 Ti, it probably needs some optimizations to show the maximum potential that the GTX 960 can offer. NIST5 seems to be broken in the latest ccMiner fork as it did not properly work on any of the Maxwell cards, the Blake, Blakecoin and Penta algorithms provided too weird results and very significant difference between the two cards. So we have decided not to include them until further investigation on why the results are so strange and different for the two GPUs. Anyway, it seems that the GTX 960 could be an alternative solution for GPU mining instead of the GTX 750 Ti for mining rigs that use multiple video cards. That is if you consider investing in GPU mining rigs for mining crypto coins with the idea not to mine for profit at the moment, but to keep the mined coins expecting better times to trade them as currently GPU mining is not very profitable with the low exchange rates at the moment.



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5 Responses to The New Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Mining Performance

d

January 22nd, 2015 at 18:41

Its probably just the default intensity for Lyra is set wrong for the 960. You should be able to change those via -i (-i is not a per card setting however, at least currently, so if you have a 750 and a 960 in the same box you need to run separate ccminer instances with different -d and -i values).

Balzero

January 22nd, 2015 at 19:53

Yeah, working on new maths and macro economic model, to increase the price of Darkcoin above 0.10btc (21 million max crypto currency) and make GPU mining profitable in 2015. Not finished yet, will post when BitcoinTalk when done ;)

Balzero

January 22nd, 2015 at 21:59

On more relevant note to this article: 2 750TI’s would cost £200 (£100 each) ???

The Nvidia GTX 960 costs £250. Two 750TI’s will outperform this card in net hashpower in every category ???

It would be mad economics to buy a Nvidia GTX 960 for mining crypto-currencies; the 750TI’s are still the best card for mining when hashpower indexed to initial purchase price.

Not that Nvidia really cares, the volume and profit ratio on 750TI’s is going to outstrip sales of the GTX 960, which is why they couldn’t be bothered to release this GPU for over 6 months :-D

James

January 23rd, 2015 at 12:46

Way off the mark there, a single 960 OC will cost around £170

admin

January 30th, 2015 at 16:52

Some more tests using a more factory overclocked GTX 960 from ASUS here: http://cryptomining-blog.com/4249-asus-geforce-gtx-960-strix-oc-hashrate-and-power-usage/

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