Nvidia to Phase out 2GB versions of the Geforce GTX 960
Nvidia is reportedly planning to phase out 2GB versions of the Geforce GTX 960, leaving just the 4GB versions to make it more attractive to buyers. The 4GB model costs only around $40 more than the original 2GB model, so the latest move by the chip maker makes sense.
The GM206 based GeForce GTX 960 features 1024 CUDA cores, 64 Texture mapping units and 32 Raster operation units. The card is clocked at 1127 MHz base and 1178 MHz boost, and comes with either a 2 GB or 4GB GDDR5 memory. It houses a 128-bit bus that is clocked at 7.00 GHz (1753 MHz QDR), pumping out 112 GB/s of cumulative bandwidth.
The GTX 960 graphics card features a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of about 120W that is provided by a single 6-Pin connector. The display outputs include Dual-DVI, HDMI 2.0 and a single display port.
The report comes from the Korean website HWBattle, which states that this probably comes in response to the fact that the GTX 960 doesn’t perform well when compared to its AMD price-rival, the Radeon R9 380.
The Tonga Pro based R9 380 is cheaper and features 2GB or 4GB of vRAM along with a 384-bit memory bus, which provides significant gains in performance than the 128-bit on the GTX 960, especially with most AAA titles.
So Nvidia seems to be making a good move by discontinuing the 2GB model, but the company should do some rethinking about this particular price point. Considering the Maxwell GM206 is an insane overclocker, so with a price reduction for 4GB versions, the Geforce GTX 960 could better compete with the R9 380.