NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 have a solid build and cost-effective foundation in the 28 nm GM206 silicon, which you can get on its brother - the GTX 960. The chip on GTX 950 is tiny compared to the R7 370, with a narrower 128-bit memory but just four memory chips on the card. NVIDIA disable two of its eight streaming multiprocessor (SMM) units. The base core is clocked at 1024 MHz, with a GPU Boost frequency up to 1188 MHz, and the memory ticks at 6.60 GHZ (GDDR5-effective). In this review, we will be testing the GIGABYTE GTX 950 WindForce OC, which has been pre-overclocked to 1102 MHz from 1024 MHz out of the box.
The Gigabyte Windforce cooler is a compact variant with two fans that will cool this awesome graphics card, which cost less than RM1,000.
Unlike the previous ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition we reviewed earlier on, the GIGABYTE doesn't have a backplate but that isn't a huge concern.
The graphics card offers a DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D and DVI-I connectivity.
The fans on the cooler might look small, but it's sufficient enough to cool down the small core on this graphic card.
In order to have more performance, the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 950 OC requires 6-Pin power in order to have sufficient power to run the card to its ideal performance.
Test Rig Configuration
In term of performance, the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 950 OC is slightly outperformed by an insignificant margin from its competitor ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition. However, it blew away the AMD R7 370 on some top-tier games like GTA V and Batman: Arkham Knight.
As expected, the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 950 OC edition is falls slightly behind compared to its competitor ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition.
The Fire Strike Extreme score without overclocking for the GIGABYTE GeForce GX 950 OC.
After 230 MHz to the GPU clock and 100 MHz to the memory clock, we’re able to gain an additional 372 points to the score.
GIGABYTE is using a really simple cooler on this card, one without any head pipes on, and it’s just a piece of metal that soaks up the heat the GPU produces. However, this specific graphics card does not turn off the fans when idle, but during gaming it’s not as noisy as the ZOTAC AMP! Edition. I wish GIGABYTE had included a backplate, which instead can be found on ZOTAC AMP! Edition, even though it is not a requirement in this particular market segment.
Overall, the GeForce GTX 950 seem like a very good card, but it is held back by pricing. The GTX 950 is essentially cheaper than the GTX 960 with respectively less performance but the same feature set. When looking at price/performance only, the AMD’s R7 370 is too slow and barely cheaper, and the same goes for the R9 270X. NVIDIA’s GTX 960 is another good option if you have a few more extra ringgit to spend. Anyhow, the graphics card are pretty awesome for the price it asks for and the overclocking room isn’t huge but it’s good enough for this card.
- Overclocked out of the box
- Compact form factor
- HDMI 2.0
- Quiet during idle
- Fans don't turn off in idle
- Limited overclocking range
- No backplate