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6.8 Out of 10
When looking at price/performance only, AMD's R9 285 should be on your shopping list as it offers much better performance at an excellent price of $170, a price that could be lower if you are in the market for used cards.
One of the oldest and most engaging game franchises, Tomb Raider deserves to be reimagined to fully make use of the current generation of gaming hardware.
GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 950 among GPUs between $200 and $400
Benchmarks Real world tests of the GeForce GTX 950
Reviews Word on the street for the GeForce GTX 950
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Edition, typical gaming power draw is increased by around 20% over other cards, which is due to the large overclock on the GPU and memory.
In idle, its fan is quite noticeable at 32 dBA - other GTX 950 cards are much quieter than that in full-on gaming.
NVIDIA's MSRP is $160 and MSI is asking another $10 for their GAMING variant, which, while a very reasonable increase, brings the price quite close to the GTX 960 that can be had for $190 and offers better performance.
I would recommend the GTX 950 for 900p gaming, or 1080p gaming with reduced details or less demanding games, like MOBA titles.
This high-fantasy action RPG offers a bigger open-world to explore than its previous games and advances the storyline from Dragon Age II.
During heavy gaming, the card stays quiet with 31 dBA, but other custom GTX 950 designs do better here, reaching as low as 26 dBA, which is quieter than whisper quiet.
NVIDIA's MSRP is $160 and EVGA is asking another $10 for their SSC variant, which brings the price close to the GTX 960 for $190, and it offers better performance.
Still, the price is dangerously close to the GTX 960 that can be had for $190 and offers better performance.
This lets the card beat the R7 370 conclusively with a 20% performance gap.
The price increase of $10 over NVIDIA's reference design is acceptable, bringing the total to $170.
The price increase over the reference design is a reasonable $15, which brings the total to $175.
The price increase of 10 dollars over NVIDIA's reference design is reasonable.
Gigabyte's WindForce OC comes with a relatively small overclock, resulting in a 4% performance improvement over the reference GTX 950, which has the card beat the R7 370 by 17.
Edition, a reasonable increase if you consider the metal cooler and large overclock.
Edition comes with a large overclock out of the box on both the GPU and memory, which makes it the fastest GTX 950 we've reviewed today.
Specifications Full list of technical specs
|Clock speed||1,190 MHz|
|Turbo clock speed||1,393 MHz|
|Is dual GPU||No|
|Reference card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 1 GHz 2 GB|
|Texture mapping units||48|
|Render output processors||32|
|Pixel rate||38.1 GPixel/s|
|Texture rate||57.1 GTexel/s|
|Floating-point performance||1,827.8 GFLOPS|
|Memory clock speed||1,653 MHz|
|Effective memory clock speed||6,612 MHz|
|Memory bus||128 bit|
|Memory bandwidth||105.8 GB/s|
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