NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Custom Models Pictured and Listed Online – Sub-$200 Maxwell Coming To Users Soon

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Aug 12, 2015

Update: GDM.OR.JP points out that the GeForce GTX 950 will be launching on 20th August. The more surprising bit is that the source also mentions that the GeForce GTX 950 Ti will also launch the same day.

This month is going to be an interesting one since NVIDIA and AMD have planned to launch some new graphics cards that include the GeForce GTX 950, Radeon R9 370X and Radeon R9 Nano. Over at the green team, we are anticipating the launch of the GeForce GTX 950 graphics card really soon, featuring the Maxwell architecture in a sub-$200 package.PNY GeForce GTX 950 2 GB

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Custom Models Pictured – Listed By Online Retailers

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 is going to be an interesting graphics card considering that it has been some time since NVIDIA touched the sub-$200 market space. Their previous cards were the first generation Maxwell GPU based GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 750 Ti cards which launched at $119 and $149 US respectively. After the launch, NVIDIA introduced second generation Maxwell with better performance per core and greater over all efficiency. The most basic Maxwell graphics card that could be bought today is the GeForce GTX 960 which is based on the 2nd generation Maxwell core while the GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti received several price cuts down the road but were the only cards available under the sub-$150 range. AMD on the other hand already strengthened their market positioning in this range with the $109 US, Radeon R9 360 and the $149 US Radeon R9 370. While slower than the GeForce GTX 960 which competes perfectly with the $199 US Radeon R9 380, these cards do represent that NVIDIA did miss some market share even though they sold just around 15 million Maxwell GeForce 900 series cards ($199 US +).

With reference and custom GeForce GTX 950 models, NVIDIA will be able to tackle two cards at once. These will include the $149 Radeon R9 370 and the upcoming $179 US Radeon R9 370X. Speaking about the technical specifications, the NVIDIA 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. Based on the Maxwell GPU architecture that is a superb clocker, the GPU will come with clocks of 1150 to 1250 MHz base and 1350 up to 1450 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 to 6.75 GHz and a maximum bandwidth output of 107.68 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. 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 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 will be one of the last graphics cards based on the Maxwell GPU architecture along with a possible Dual-Chip card that launches close to the Fury X2. After that, NVIDIA is going to make a full transition to HBM2 powered Pascal cards with over 1 TB/s bandwidth and up to 32 GB of VRAM which will make these cards ideal for next generation high-res and VR gaming.

The one card revealed by Videocardz is a PNY made GeForce GTX 950 featuring a dual slot design that adopts a fancy cooling system. This card will be powered by a single 6-Pin connector and comes with a three year official warranty. Listings for the ASUS STRIX GTX 950 DirectCU II OC can be found across the net with very high prices which is because the card hasn’t launched yet and the prices provided are just pre-launch. Expect more details for the card during this week as launch is anticipated in mid of August.

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
224.0 GB/s
(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