NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 950 sales 20 August 2015 at a recommended price of $159 . This is Maxwell 2.0 architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6.6 GB/s are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 105.6 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 7.938" (20.2 cm). 1x 6-pins power connector is required, and power consumption is at 90 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 27.94 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 950's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
43.68
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM206
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
20 August 2015
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$159
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$187.59
 
of 4762.99 (Quadro P6000)

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 950's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 950's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
768
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
CUDA cores
768
 
Core clock speed
1024 MHz
 
Boost Clock
1188 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,940 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
90 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
49.2 billion/sec
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
1,825 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 950's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
7.938" (20.2 cm)
 
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
Width
2-slot
 
Recommended system power (PSU)
350 Watt
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pins
 
SLI options
2x
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 950: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
6.6 GB/s
 
Memory bandwidth
105.6 GB/s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 950.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
HDCP
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
G-SYNC support
+
 
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
+
 
GameWorks
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 
GeForce Experience
+
 
Surround
+
 
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12.1
 
OpenGL
4.5
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 950. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
27.94
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
250111.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
37454.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5605.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
6207.50
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
8351.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
46966.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
4800.46
 
 
Passmark
5213
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
6560
 
 
Octane Render OctaneBench
41
 
 

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 950. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
233 Mh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
9.97 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 950 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
15.33
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
110.00
 
medium / 768p
89.90
 
high / 1080p
49.10
 
ultra / 1080p
38.80
 
4k / 2160p
14.20
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
110.00
 
medium / 1080p
51.00
 
high / 1080p
46.00
 
ultra / 1080p
32.00
 
4k / 2160p
12.00
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
287.00
 
medium / 768p
207.00
 
high / 1080p
95.80
 
ultra / 1080p
55.20
 
4k / 2160p
28.80
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
105.00
 
medium / 768p
66.30
 
high / 1080p
38.80
 
ultra / 1080p
30.60
 
4k / 2160p
13.00
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
102.00
 
medium / 768p
74.10
 
high / 1080p
35.40
 
ultra / 1080p
27.30
 
4k / 2160p
12.90
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
113.00
 
medium / 1080p
47.30
 
high / 1080p
29.50
 
ultra / 1080p
13.80
 
4k / 2160p
6.50
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
142.80
 
medium / 768p
87.40
 
high / 1080p
46.90
 
ultra / 1080p
37.80
 
4k / 2160p
14.90
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
150.20
 
medium / 768p
142.00
 
high / 1080p
64.30
 
ultra / 1080p
9.90
 
4k / 2160p
28.30
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
119.40
 
medium / 768p
97.10
 
high / 1080p
53.20
 
ultra / 1080p
47.70
 
4k / 2160p
16.50
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
212.10
 
medium / 768p
137.60
 
high / 1080p
74.20
 
ultra / 1080p
46.60
 
4k / 2160p
18.80
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
120.40
 
medium / 768p
71.90
 
high / 1080p
38.00
 
ultra / 1080p
20.50
 
4k / 2160p
12.70
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
101.30
 
medium / 768p
96.10
 
high / 1080p
52.30
 
ultra / 1080p
39.40
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
198.30
 
medium / 768p
131.80
 
high / 1080p
95.30
 
ultra / 1080p
85.40
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
199.70
 
medium / 768p
176.70
 
high / 768p
123.40
 
ultra / 1080p
48.00
 
4k / 2160p
23.40
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
138.60
 
medium / 768p
112.30
 
high / 768p
78.80
 
ultra / 1080p
29.00
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
454.50
 
medium / 768p
255.40
 
high / 768p
163.70
 
ultra / 1080p
74.90
 

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 950 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 950 from AMD is Radeon R9 270, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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