NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 950, A Mid-range Card Featuring Maxwell 2.0
Today, NVIDIA finally launched their highly-anticipated second generation, Maxwell based GeForce GTX 950 graphics card. The card is designed to be as compact as possible, but it’s power enough to run a wide array of games at 1080p while keeping the price as low as possible in the sub-$200 US range.
The GeForce GTX 950 will replace the the GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 750 Ti, which were the first to feature the Maxwell core architecture. NVIDIA has now updated the GTX 950 with the Maxwell 2.0 aimed to bring improved benefits in terms of performance, power efficiency and including full support for DirectX 12 API.
The GeForce GTX 950 is based on the GM206-250-A1 GPU, which is a cut down SKU of the full GM206 GPU. The GPU comes with clocks of 1024 MHz base and up to 1188 MHz boost clock speeds. Given the thermal headroom is available, it can further boost to higher clock speeds in the range of 1350-1450 MHz, which is impressive for a form-factor card.
The card features six SMM units that equip 768 CUDA Cores, 48 texture mapping units and 32 raster operation units. While, on the memory side, it packs 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM across a 128-bit interface, running at 6.6 GHz and a maximum bandwidth output of 105.6 GB/s.
The card has a thermal design power (TDP) requirement of 90W, which although is lower than AMD R7 360’s 100W, the GTX 950 will be the faster out of the two in the overall performance. The power is fed through a single 6-Pin connector. In terms of output, it features one DVI connector, one HDMI 2.0, and three Display Ports.
The GTX 950 is targeted towards users who simply want to play all the latest games at 1080P with decent amount of quality. Especially, the card is expected to be extremely popular among MOBA gamers who currently either have the GeForce GTX 650 or GeForce GTX 750 in their rigs.
As I said before in the previous posts, the GTX 950 will directly compete against the AMD’s Radeon R7 370, which currently retails at $149 US. However, as revealed by earlier reports, the GTX 950 ends up faster than the Radeon R7 370, while being the same in terms of pricing.
So AMD tends to counteract the release of GTX 950 with its upcoming Radeon R9 370X, that will retail at $179 US and more for custom variants.
Let’s see how NVIDIA’s latest offering fares against the R9 370X, and which graphics card ends up on top.