Look out MOBA masses becausehas been paying attention to all that data from the Steam hardware survey, and they've noticed a high proportion of GeForce users are using a GTX 660 or older.
Most of those are playing the likes of DOTA 2 or League of Legends. The new GTX 960 is designed to tempt an upgrade to this fresh mid-range Maxwell GPU priced at under £200.
"They want to purchase a GPU they know will work perfectly, and will continue to do so for the next couple of years,” remarked Nvidia’s head of consumer PR, Ben Berraondo. “It’s the most cost effective way of getting a high-end gaming experience".
The GTX 960 has 4K in mind and usesto downsample higher resolution images to fit the screen size of monitors, giving a higher quality look.
They boast the GTX 960 is "perfect for MOBA gaming" as it consumes just 30 watts of power even at 1080p and 60fps with maximum settings on League of Legends for example. “That really is truly unheard of,” said Berraondo. “That means you’re using so little power that the card’s fans will actually completely turn off. You’ll have truly silent gaming."
"GTX 960 is all about Maxwell hitting that sweet spot of GPUs. It’s twice as efficient as our previous generation.” The 900 series of GeForce GPUs are known for their significant drop in power requirements, and so produce less heat.
Nvidia add it can tackle some of the "top games" out today, which by that they mean technically demanding. It's why they list Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Beyond Earth and Thief. The average price of the new GTX 960 is floating around £180.
"We fully encourage users to go and test cards and overclock them to see just how good they are."
GeForce GTX 960 technical specs:
▪ CUDA cores - 1024 ▪ Base clock - 1127 MHz ▪ Boost clock - 1178 MHz ▪ Memory config - 2GB/128-bit ▪ Physical memory speed - 7.0 Gbps ▪ Effective memory speed - 9.3 Gbps ▪ Power connectors - 6-pin ▪ TDP - 120W ▪ Outputs - 2x DL-DVI, HDMI 2.0, Displayport 1.2
▪ Base clock - 1127 MHz
▪ Boost clock - 1178 MHz
▪ Memory config - 2GB/128-bit
▪ Physical memory speed - 7.0 Gbps
▪ Effective memory speed - 9.3 Gbps
▪ Power connectors - 6-pin
▪ TDP - 120W
▪ Outputs - 2x DL-DVI, HDMI 2.0, Displayport 1.2