5 FPS? That would almost be like watching paint dry.
Two primary upgrades and one secondary upgrade worth considering to speed up your work flow.
- According to this the Quadro M4000 is recommended for use with Blender:
PNY - PICK YOUR QUADRO
nvidia quadro m4000 by pny datasheet_eng_web.pdf
With its 256bit memory bus, 8GB of VRAM, 1664 CUDA cores, a faster GPU and pro graphics capable firmware, the Quadro M4000 offers a decisive upgrade over your current 128bit, 2GB, 1024 CUDA core, slower GPU and non-pro graphics capable firmware-equipped GTX 960.
As comparatively hefty as the Quadro M4000’s price is, the next model up is the 8GB of ECC VRAM-equipped Quadro M5000 which sells for more than twice as much. Thus within the context of your Z97 Extreme6 motherboard and Core i5-4690K (neither of which supports ECC RAM), the Quadro M4000 supplies the best overall value in terms of expected reliability, greater suitability for 3D content creation and performance matching with the rest of your rig at a price which should be measurably offset by increased productivity.
BTW. From what I’ve read on the differences between nVidia’s Quadro and GeForce product lines, the former’s firmware supports pro-level graphics features at a mild cost in speed while the latter’s firmware is deliberately knee-capped re pro graphics (which aren’t needed for games or general desktop duties) in favour of greater speed.
I’ve also read somewhere that even though the Quadro and GeForce cards both use the same drivers and GPUs (although the Quadro cards’ *lower failure rate suggests the use of cherry-picked components) it’s not a good idea to employ both card types in the same machine due to potential conflicts arising from driver reactions to the respective differences in the two cards’ firmware features. But I’d expect there’s other forum members here who know more about this than I do.
*"…As a whole, Quadro cards are about three times more reliable than GeForce cards…"
December 30, 2016
Most Reliable PC Hardware of 2016 - Puget Custom Computers
Configure PC w/ PNY Quadro M4000 PCI-E 8GB Video Card
NVIDIA Quadro M4000
PNY Technologies | SD Cards, USB Flash Drives, Memory Modules, SSDs, Graphics Cards
The PNY Quadro M4000 ships with only a single Display Port-to-DVD-D SL adapter (1920 x 1200). However supplemental adapters are also available as a **single unit or as a pack of four (some of the prices being charged for these are quite outrageous. Shop around or better yet get the M4000 + a DP-DVI-QUADKIT-PB as a package deal):
PNY Quadro M4000 VCQM4000-PB 8GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Full Height Workstation Video Card - Newegg.com
As well the Quadro M4000 is also manufactured by:
NVIDIA Quadro M4000 - HP Store UK
Nvidia Quadro M4000 8 GB GDDR5 DP x 4 by Lenovo | 4X60K59926 | Lenovo | UK
- This RAM kit for channel two of your ASRock Z97 Extreme6 would substantially increase the amount of RAM Linux Mint can use as a buffer:
FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR3 1600MHz CL10 DIMM
Part Number: HX316C10FBK2/16
Specs: DDR3 , 1600MHz , CL10, 1.5V, Unbuffered,
Timings: 1600MHz, 10-10-10, 1.5V
ValueRAM for ASRock Motherboard Z97 Extreme6
- A secondary upgrade option which can speed up your system in most regards: An NVMe card (but there’s a ***catch)
ASRock > Z97 Extreme6
June 6, 2016
***Samsung 950 Pro M.2 Throttling Analysis - Puget Custom Computers
June 6, 2016
***Samsung 950 Pro M.2 Additional Cooling Testing - Puget Custom Computers
Re editing a forum signature:
On this forum’s Windows-centric flip-side, forums.geforce.com, I have to log out and then log back in to edit my forum signature. Since everything I do over there shows up here I’d expect that devtalk.nvidia.com works the same way.