NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 technical specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 950 sales 20 August 2015 at a recommended price of 159 USD. This is a 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). An additional 1 6-pins power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 90 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 23.93 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA Quadro P6000.

General info

Info on video card type (desktop or notebook), its architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
50.36
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM206
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
20 August 2015
 
Launch price (MSRP)
159 USD
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
149.99 USD
 
of 4808 (Quadro P6000)

Technical specs

Quantitative parameters such as shaders number, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly say of video card performance, but to be more precise you have to review it's 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 video card 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). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus - if the video card is inserted into the slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
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 the video card - type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. 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 (Tesla M10)
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

Video connectors present on the video card. Mostly actual for desktop video cards since notebook ones' available video connectors vastly depend on the notebook model.
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 supported by the GPU. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
3D Vision
+
 
GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
+
 
GameWorks
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 
GeForce Experience
+
 
Surround
+
 
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 

API support

APIs supported by video card, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12.1
 
OpenGL
4.5
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
23.93
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
37454.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5605.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
6207.50
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
8351.00
 
 
Passmark
5197
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
6560
 
 
Octane Render OctaneBench
41
 
 

Mining hashrate

Video card cryptocurrency mining performance. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
233 Mh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
9.97 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

How good for gaming a particular GPU is. Gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade of the video card.
Overall gaming performance
16.01
 
 
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
 

Relative perfomance

Overall video card performance compared to nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 950 from AMD is Radeon RX 460, which is faster by 1%.

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