Nvidia GTX 950 Review featuring MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G

GTX 950 : the younger one

The lower end of the GPU market spectrum is an interesting place, while the GPU makers hardly pays any attention to it the majority of the revenue comes from that so called “low end” area. That being said the lower end is not completely forgotten by the manufacturers completely, the card we have for review today is a new entrant in the low end arena : the GTX 950 from Nvidia DSC_0350_edit

NVIDIA GPU Specification Comparison
GTX 960GTX 950GTX 750 TiGTX 650 Ti
CUDA Cores1024768640768
Texture Units64484064
ROPs32321616
Core Clock1126MHz1024MHz1020MHz925MHz
Boost Clock1178MHz1188MHz1085MHzN/A
Memory Clock7GHz GDDR56.6GHz GDDR55.4GHz GDDR55.4GHz GDDR5
Memory Bus Width128-bit128-bit128-bit128-bit
VRAM2GB2GB2GB1GB
FP641/32 FP321/32 FP321/32 FP321/24 FP32
TDP120W90W60W110W
ArchitectureMaxwell 2Maxwell 2Maxwell 1Kepler
GPUGM206GM206GM107GK106
Transistor Count2.94B2.94B1.87B2.54B
Manufacturing ProcessTSMC 28nmTSMC 28nmTSMC 28nmTSMC 28nm
Launch Date1/22/20158/20/20152/18/201410/9/2012
Launch Price$199$159$149$149

Diving into specifications, with the GTX 950 what we essentially have is a cut down version of the GM 206 which is present in GTX 960. GTX 950 loses one-quarter of its SMMs – going from 8 to 6 – bringing the CUDA core count down from 1024 to 768 with the memory bus/ROP clusters left intact, with 32 ROPs connected to a 128-bit GDDR5 memory bus.

GM206-950Coming to the clock speed, the GTX 950 didnt took much of a cut with respect to the GTX 960, we see a wider delta between base clock and boost clock with a 1024MHz base and 1188MHz boost and a little cut on the memory clock from 7GHz to 6.6GHz whicH is more to create an artificial distinction since nobody ships a 6.6GHz GDDR5 speed grade as far as I know.

 

Sumon Pathak

Lawyer by day, Overclocker and reviewer by night, and a sniper in weekends.

Sumon Pathak
News Reporter
Lawyer by day, Overclocker and reviewer by night, and a sniper in weekends.
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