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MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G Video Card Review

MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G Video Card Review
NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture dips down to $159, powering the new GeForce GTX 950 GPU. Today we check out MSI's Gaming 2G version of it. (TPE:2377, NASDAQ:NVDA)
By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Introduction

 

The latest member of the Maxwell family is the new GeForce GTX 950 from NVIDIA, featuring the GM206 GPU. The new GTX 950 supports all of the key features and technologies that the flagship GTX Titan X is capable of, including DirectX 12, GameStream, SLI, and much more.

 

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This is the most entry level that Maxwell gets on the desktop, and with the GTX 960 crawling around still, we wonder what type of performance the GTX 950 has in store for us. The GTX 950 is the perfect upgrade for someone still using a GTX 650 (or so), with some great 1080p performance numbers that we'll share with you soon.

 

The biggest point here with the GeForce GTX 950 is the price. With a $159 price tag, this is going to be one of the best video cards to buy for casual and MOBA gamers. Especially when you consider the GTX 650 vs. GTX 950 debate, where the GTX 950 is 3x faster than the GTX 650 in many games. The new GM206-powered GTX 950 also has 2x the performance per watt of the GTX 650, all while using just 90W of power.

 

 

Quick Specs

 

NVIDIA has pumped 768 CUDA cores into the GM206-powered GeForce GTX 950, with 48 texture units. We have 2GB of GDDR5 RAM spread out on a 128-bit memory bus, with 32 ROPs joining in on the technological fun.

 

 

One of the great features of Maxwell was its display connectivity, where we have the same 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 2.0 and 1 x DVI output. The GTX 950 is even capable of driving four displays, at up to 5K (5120x3200).

 

 

Availability & Price

 

With the release of the GeForce GTX 950, NVIDIA is providing a price of $159 for the GTX 950, while the GTX 960 is priced at $199. This gives AIB partners like MSI a little bit of wiggle room to offer a card for around $160, with a better cooler and factory overclocks out of the box.

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