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NVIDIA launches GTX 950 DirectX 12 ready GPU for $159

NVIDIA's entry-level GPU packs a performance punch that won't break your wallet

By Derek Strickland | Aug 20, 2015 12:00 pm CDT

Today NVIDIA unleashed the GeForce GTX 950 card aimed at gamers who want to play PC games at 60fps 1080p without breaking their wallets.


The Maxwell-based GTX 950 has an entry-level price point of $159 and packs in 768 CUDA cores clocked in at 1021 MHz that can be boosted to 1188 MHz, and sports 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM operating on a 128-bit bus clocked at 6.6GHz. Power will be supplied via 6-pin connector, and the card will draw 90 Watts of power.

Standard NVIDIA performance tech is compatible with the GTX 950 including SLI, V-Sync adaptive sync, and PhysX. This budget model will fully support the new DirectX 12 API and will be able to play DX12 games when they become available.


NVIDIA affirms that the GTX 950 is "faster than the world's most powerful console" and can play the latest and greatest games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and GTAV at 1080p 60fps...but even with all of its tiny might the card won't be able to render games at max settings. If you prefer multiple-screen gaming the GPU supports multi-monitor display over four monitors with a max resolution of 5120x3200 at 60Hz (with dual DisplayPort connectors).

The card will likely sell like hotcakes as it sits at a perfect price point for a variety of gamers--whether you're a MOBA fan or a console gamer looking to convert to the realm of performance gaming, the GTX 950 looks like a great place to start. Be sure to check out our GTX 950 review to see how it performs.


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