NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Video Card Roundup – ASUS, EVGA and Zotac


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Video Card Roundup

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series is without a doubt the the best selling desktop graphics card right now and the introduction of the GeForce GTX 950 last month at the $149 price point will only help solidify the sales dominance of the series. NVIDIA’s GM206 ‘Maxwell’ GPU with 1024 CUDA cores enabled delivers the performance needed for 1080P gaming on the GeForce GTX 950. The GM206 also features all the NVIDIA bells and whistles, so you’ll find support for NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA G-Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology and of course DirectX 12 support (API Feature Level 12_1) for those wanting to run Windows 10. This is the most feature rich video card ever released at the $149 price point, so its no wonder that gamers around the world are looking at the card for their next gaming system update. When we released our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 launch article we only had the ASUS GeForce GTX 950 STRIX Gaming 2GB to look at, but since then we’ve gotten cards from both EVGA and Zotac. It’s been over a year since we’ve done a video card roundup, so we figured we give it a shot and see what happens.

ASUS EVGA Zotac GeForce GTX 950 Roundup

All of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 video cards on the market are custom designed by the add-in board partners as no one released a card based off the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950. That means when you go online pick out a GTX 950 to purchase you’ll quickly discover that they are all different with respect to the board design, GPU cooler and even the clock speeds.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Roundup Video Cards

The three cards we are looking at today are great examples of this as no two cards have identical clock speeds, power phase designs or even card lengths. Ironically, all three of these cards are priced at$169.99 after current rebates and promotions. We made a quick table to show you some of the key differences between the cards.

GeForce GTX 950
Model Number STRIX-GTX950-DC2OC-2GD5 02G-P4-2958 ZT-90603-10M
CUDA Cores 768 768 768
GPU boost clock 1355MHz 1405MHz 1405MHz
GPU base clock 1165MHz 1203MHz 1203MHz
Texture Units 48 48 48
Texture Fillrate 55.92 GTexel/s 57.74 GTexel/s 57.74 GTexel/s
Memory 2GB 2GB 2GB
Memory clock 1653MHz (6612MHz) 1653MHz (6612MHz) 1755MHz (7020MHz)
Memory interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 105.8 GB/s 105.8 GB/s 112.3 GB/s
PWM Phase 4+1 6+2 3+1
0dB Fanless Idle Yes Yes Yes
Length 221mm 256.5mm 208mm
Street Price $169.99 $179.99 (+$10 Rebate) $169.99

As you can see the clock speeds are fairly close with the Zotac GeForce GTX 950 AMP! having the highest clock speeds of the group with a boost clock of 1405 MHz and a GDDR5 memory clock speed of 7020MHz (effective).

GTX950 Roundup

Let’s take a closer look at each of the cards though and then move along to the benchmark and overclock testing that we’ll be doing on each card.