How is Maxwell at $159?
At just $159, this card is going to be a great upgrade for those who are gaming on an older GTX 600 series card. If you've got a GTX 650 and you've been waiting to upgrade - with the GTX 960 being a little too out of your price range, or you weren't interested in the AMD Radeon R7 370 - the GTX 950 should be a huge blip on your radar.
It offers some damn fine performance at 1080p, where with a bit of tweaking you could easily hit 60FPS solid in virtually all of the games on the market. When it comes to MOBA titles, it's ensured that you're going to hit 60FPS because of the less intense graphics compared to some of the titles we put our video cards through.
The older Kepler-based GTX 650 was one of the big sellers for mainstream/mid-range gamers, so we're comparing our new MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G against the EVGA GeForce GTX 650 - as that's the perfect card to aim for when upgrading from. We've included some numbers from the GTX 960 and a bunch of AMD's mid-range cards to give you a better picture of the GTX 950.
Performance at 1080p
Performance at 1920x1080 in Battlefield 4 was impressive, with an average of 81FPS. This is a great number to start things off on, as it means that you can blast around in BF4 at 60FPS+ without a problem. This is a great achievement for a $159 card in a game as good looking as Battlefield 4.
Moving onto our other games, we had 91FPS average in GRID - which is just fantastic. Metro: Last Light is normally quite harsh on our video cards, but with an average of 46FPS on the highest preset, you could enjoy 60FPS with a few tweaks to in-game visual settings. Most of our other games sat at an average of 50FPS, so again, with some in-game tweaks, you're going to hit 60FPS in most games.
Performance at 1440p
Performance starts to scale down at 1440p, but we're still hitting around 30FPS average. In Battlefield 4, we have a decent 52FPS average, so with some changes to in-game settings 60FPS is achievable. All of our other games averaged 30FPS or so, which has the MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G positioned as a great card for 1440p gaming at 30FPS.
Performance at 4K
With a 128-bit memory bus, we knew that 4K gaming wasn't going to be a strong part of the GTX 950, and the results show it. An average of around 25FPS at 4K at our mixed Medium/High in-game settings. Battlefield 4 performance is surprising at 4K, with 28FPS average - not bad for $159.
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