Gigabyte GTX 950 OC Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Contents
  3. Closer Look
  4. Overclocking Impressions
  5. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  6. Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark (2013)
  7. Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark 11
  8. Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark Vantage
  9. OpenGL Benchmark: Cinebench 11.5 and R15
  10. Unigine Benchmark Heaven 3.0 and 4.0
  11. Batman Arkham City
  12. Hitman Absolution
  13. Metro 2033
  14. Shadow of Mordor
  15. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
  16. Sniper Elite V2
  17. GPU Computation Benchmark
  18. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  19. Overclocking Performance
  20. Conclusion
  21. Online Purchase Links

Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 does put GTX 960 in a very awkward position. But it is cheaper, something that would attract MOBA players who are shifting from much older cards than GTX 750/GTX 750 Ti. If you’re playing newer titles on this card, it should be fine with 1080p with low-to-mid settings, depending on the game. Then again, a graphic card is going to be with you for a fair bit amount of time. Performance boost after overclocking isn’t something great either.

But if you’re playing games like Counter-Strike, DOTA 2 and such MOBA titles for 1080p gameplay, it’s something you can take a look at if you don’t want to take a look at first gen Maxwell GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti cards.

The GTX 950 is an entry-level card so it’s obvious the contents and the build quality would reflect that. Then again GTX 950 uses the same core and has the same set of features that GTX 960 has. Unfortunately, we cannot compare it with latest AMD cards because their respected contacts have apparently lost the ‘Reply’ button and never get it whenever I send an email (either that or they’re just conveniently ignoring it- an awkward icebreaker when I get the chance to use it). No worries. I’ve told at times it magically re-appears.

Sleeve bearing fans on the card produces some amount of noise at 60% fan setting. It would be nice if Gigabyte had a backplate for the card. Other than that, it’s nothing special. It’s close to reference variant. The fans don’t turn itself off in idle mode even when the fan speed is set on auto. It’s a non-reference card. Either it should have some of the non-reference card’s usual features or have a close-to-stock pricing.

No case badge too, but that’s the least point on my compared to what I’ve mentioned above. Not that it’s a bad card. Its a good card from a good manufacturer but doesn’t really offer anything great. But look at what others are offering.

Let’s take a look at GTX 960. As of now, Zotac GTX 960 AMP! costs $194.99. The most expensive GTX 950 card at the time of writing is $169.99. For a minor performance difference, which would you give more value to? That’s a US$25 difference.

The card is priced for US$169.99 in Newegg, that US$10 more than Asus Strix GTX 950 which is having two fan and also copper heatpipes and with an OC mode clock speed of 1165MHz, followed by EVGA GTX 950 with base clock of 1190MHz. Zotac’s variant is $10 cheaper and the cooler is as short as the card’s PCB, but at the expense of a single fan.

But Gigabyte does provide two DVI ports. Like all cards, Gigabyte offers a three-year warranty on this variant.

Gigabyte GTX 950


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