The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 graphics card is going to launch on 20th August but some people are too excited for this little card that they went ahead to post an unboxing video. Found by Videocardz, the unboxing video of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 OC model shows us that the card is going to be as compact as possible with the horsepower to run games on 1080P with decent visual quality.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 OC Gets Unboxed - Reveals Single 6-Pin and SLI Connectors
The video shows the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 OC model which is one of the two models which got leaked a few days ago. The GeForce GTX 950 is going to feature the GM206 GPU (GM206-250-A1) that features six SMM units that house 768 CUDA Cores, 48 texture mapping units and will retain the 32 ROPs. We don't know what clock speeds will the Gigabyte OC model come with but the reference model will presumably come with clocks of 1089 MHz base and up to 1266 MHz boost clock speeds. On the memory side, the card will feature 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM that operates along a 128-bit bus, running at 6.6 GHz and a maximum bandwidth output of 106.7 GB/s. The card is going to feature a 90W TDP which will be 10W lower than AMD’s entry level card (R7 360) but overall, the GTX 950 will be the faster out of the two. Based on the same GM206, the GeForce GTX 950 will showcase a 30W drop in TDP numbers compared to the 120W, GeForce GTX 960. Display ports on the card will include Dual-Link DVI-D/DVI-I, HDMI 2.0 and a Display Port 1.2 connector on the reference variants.
The card in specific is small and comes with the 90mm Gigabyte fan cooling design which regulates air towards the circular fin heatsink at the bottom of the shroud that makes direct contact with the GM206 GPU core. The surprising thing is that the card being an OC model comes with just a single 6-Pin connector which is decent so we can expect really low power consumption while gaming and using applications. The card has been designed to be used in HTPC form factor rigs that is implied by its compact design. The GeForce GTX 950 also comes with a single SLI connector which is something that was missing from the GM107 based GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti card that launched in early 2014. This will allow users to put two of these $150 US cards in their compact PCs with out the need to worry about power consumption.
As for competition, we already know that AMD is launching more and more GCN based graphics cards in the sub-$200 market, NVIDIA had to come up with a solution of their own. Currently, there are two cards which NVIDIA has to worry about which include the Pitcairn based Radeon R7 370 and Radeon R9 370X (Launching Soon). The Radeon R7 370 has a $149 US price while the Radeon R9 370X will have an expected price of $179 US. It is said by the source that the Radeon R7 370 has poor performance against the GeForce GTX 950 while being the same in terms of pricing so they will probably use the R9 370X against it. NVIDIA might also have a plan for the 4 GB GeForce GTX 950 Ti in late Q3 or Q4 2015. Currently, the Ti is speculation at best but there are multiple reports that NVIDIA might have the card under development and soon going to launch in market.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Custom - Thermal Test (Via HWBattle):
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Custom Models (Courtesy of Videocardz):
NVIDIA GeForce 900 Series Graphics Cards:
|Graphics Card||GPU Core||Core/TMU/ROP Configuration||Core / Boost Clock||TDP / Power Connectors||VRAM / Memory Bus||Memory Bandwidth||Price|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X||GM200||3072/192/96||1000/1089 MHz||250W (8+6 Pin)||12 GB / 384-bit||336.6 GB/s||$999|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti||GM200||2816/176/96||1000/1076 MHz||250W (8+6 Pin)||6 GB / 384-bit||336.6 GB/s||$649|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980||GM204||2048/128/64||1127/1216 MHz||165W (6+6 Pin)||4 GB / 256-bit||224.0 GB/s||$499|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970||GM204||1664/104/56||1051/1178 MHz||149W (6+6 Pin)||4 GB / 256-bit|
(192.0 GB/s With Cross Bar GM204)
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960||GM206||1024/64/32||1127/1178 MHz||120W (6+6 Pin)||2 GB / 128-bit||112.2 GB/s||$199|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950||GM206-250 A1||768/48/32||1024/1188 MHz||90W (6-Pin)||2 GB / 128-bit||105.6 GB/s||$149|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 SE||GM206-251 A1||768/48/32||TBC||75W (6-Pin)||2 GB / 128-bit||TBC||~$129|