NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card Review – ASUS STRIX GTX 950

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • AMD CATALYST 15.7.1
  • NVIDIA GeForce 355.65

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Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1501 that came out on 01/15/2014. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-12-12-30 1T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements than the old Corsair AX1200 power supply did.

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Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard
ASUS P9X79-E WS
Memory
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Monitor Sharp PN-K321 32″ 4K

 

ASUS STRIX GTX 950 DirectCU II OC 2GB Card GPU-Z Info:

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  • EMRE ER

    it says 3 display ports, but i see only 1. well ?

    • Tiger

      I see four: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, DVI-D, DVI-I

  • X-47B

    How many watts of power supply is good enough for GTX 950? Will 430 watt PSU do?

  • Socius

    I’m liking your reviews. I used to be a fan of Anandtech but they’ve dropped the ball. The biggest thing I like about your reviews is that you do take overclocking into consideration. I just wish you had also done a performance comparison against the 750ti in this review to show not just the 1 card above it, but also the 1 card below it in terms of performance/value.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thanks Socius! We had a very limited amount of time to get this done before we left for IDF on Sunday (8/16) and we did a clean install of Windows 10 on the test system. This is actually our first use of Windows 10 on the site as we are just now starting to move our main test systems over to it! That means we need to re-test everything, so expect the charts to grow in the future!

    • Freeman4096

      nah man, anandtech is as legit as it gets.