GeForce GTX 950 

Released August, 2015
  • 1 GHz
  • 2 GB GDDR5
7.9 Out of 10

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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.
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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.
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 950 among Desktop GPUs for under $200

Gaming

GeForce GTX 950
7.6
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

GeForce GTX 950
9.9
T-Rex, Manhattan and Cloud Gate Factor

Computing

GeForce GTX 950
7.0
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

GeForce GTX 950
8.4
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 30 more

Value

GeForce GTX 950
5.9
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 30 more

Noise and Power

GeForce GTX 950
7.6
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.9

Overall Score

GeForce GTX 950
7.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the GeForce GTX 950

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 950
235.19 mHash/s
Radeon RX 460
245.72 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 950
75.2 mPixels/s
Radeon RX 460
55.67 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 950
3,353.86
Radeon RX 460
3,355.32

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 950
3,714.3
Radeon RX 460
3,437.01

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

GeForce GTX 950
43.37

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

GeForce GTX 950
302.94
Radeon RX 460
280.94

Thief

GeForce GTX 950
40.4

Battlefield 4

GeForce GTX 950
48

Reviews Word on the street for the GeForce GTX 950


8.3
On NVIDIA cards with Boost, the values discussed is the highest observed boost clock after overclocking.

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Applications

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.
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In idle, its fan is quite noticeable at 32 dBA - other GTX 950 cards are much quieter than that in full-on gaming.
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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.
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Gaming

I would recommend the GTX 950 for 900p gaming, or 1080p gaming with reduced details or less demanding games, like MOBA titles.
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This high-fantasy action RPG offers a bigger open-world to explore than its previous games and advances the storyline from Dragon Age II.
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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.
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Performance

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.
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Still, the price is dangerously close to the GTX 960 that can be had for $190 and offers better performance.
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This lets the card beat the R7 370 conclusively with a 20% performance gap.
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Power

This configuration is specified for up to 150 W power draw.
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The GTX 950's power efficiency is excellent, just like on all recent NVIDIA Maxwell cards.
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Power delivery requires a single 6-pin PCI-Express power connector.
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Price

The price increase of $10 over NVIDIA's reference design is acceptable, bringing the total to $170.
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The price increase over the reference design is a reasonable $15, which brings the total to $175.
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The price increase of 10 dollars over NVIDIA's reference design is reasonable.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand Nvidia
GPU name GM206
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,024 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,188 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 768
Texture mapping units 48
Render output processors 32
Pixel rate 32.8 GPixel/s
Texture rate 49.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 1,572.9 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,653 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,612 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit
Memory 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 105.8 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 90W
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Hi Jason! I wrote you thru email but not sure if you received it. I wanted to ask if you would take a look at my 1st build (gaming). I am hoping for your expertise to see if my build can be enhanced or if there are any ways I can bring the cost down. I understand your busy & understand if you cannot. Here is the link to my setup via pcpartpicker. Many thanks for your time in reviewing this post. Ian blugrsvt@hotmail.com http://pcpartpicker.com/user/blugrsvt/saved/JPz323
Ok cool, thanks for getting back to me, i dont get on this DISQUS site much, but i have been lately. I live in UTAH, USA. Ya Im looking for a solid R9 380 for a good deal on a Client Build im working on putting together here soon. So i was curious if you could point me in the right direction. Thanks again Reponse!
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Where do you live? I can find the R9 380 for less expansive in my country but in others country you can find R9 280x easier so you can find a lot of things for the budget.
@ reponse - hey where can you find an r9 380 at around that price or better like you posed?! Im looking to buy a cheaper gpu for a client build that is cheap but great for 1080p gaming. Let me know please or email me at jason.unlimitedwealth@gmail.com the link to the R9-280, again i'd appreciate it a lot!
R9 380 can be found for less and it's way better.
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