NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1024
  • Max video memory 2 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 6.6 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2015
Performance 18.13

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 950 sales 20 August 2015 at a recommended price of $159. This is Maxwell 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 dual-width 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 poor gaming and benchmark performance at

18.13%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 950's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating258
Value for money18.00
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)
GPU code nameGM206
Market segmentDesktop
Release date20 August 2015 (6 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$159
Price now$192 (1.2x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 950's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base 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 / CUDA cores768of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores768
Core clock speed1024 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1188 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors2,940 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)90 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate49.2 billion/secof 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance1,825 gflopsof 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 supportPCI Express 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length7.938" (20.2 cm)
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)
Width2-slot
Recommended system power (PSU)350 Watt
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pins
SLI options+

Memory

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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed6.6 GB/sof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth105.6 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 950. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display ConnectorsDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support4 displays
HDMI+
HDCP+
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536
G-SYNC support+
Audio input for HDMIInternal

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.

GameStream+
GeForce ShadowPlay+
GPU Boost2.0
GameWorks+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.5of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.1.126
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 950. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 950 18.13
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • Octane Render OctaneBench

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 950 5392

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 950 8351

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 950 5605

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 950 37454

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 950 6208

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GTX 950 17880

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 950 17670

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 950 15806

Octane Render OctaneBench

This is a special benchmark measuring graphics card performance in OctaneRender, which is a realistic GPU rendering engine by OTOY Inc., available either as a standalone program, or as a plugin for 3DS Max, Cinema 4D and many other apps. It renders four different static scenes, then compares render times with a reference GPU which is currently GeForce GTX 980. This benchmark has nothing to do with gaming and is aimed at professional 3D graphics artists.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

GTX 950 41

Mining hashrates

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

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 950 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD52
4K21

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 18−20

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18−20
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Battlefield 5 18−20
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18−20
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 18−20
Far Cry New Dawn 18−20
Forza Horizon 4 18−20
Hitman 3 18−20
Horizon Zero Dawn 18−20
Red Dead Redemption 2 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18−20
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18−20
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Battlefield 5 18−20
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18−20
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 18−20
Far Cry New Dawn 18−20
Forza Horizon 4 18−20
Hitman 3 18−20
Horizon Zero Dawn 18−20
Metro Exodus 18−20
Red Dead Redemption 2 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18−20
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 38
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18−20
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Battlefield 5 18−20
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 18−20
Far Cry New Dawn 18−20
Forza Horizon 4 18−20
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 21
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18−20
Hitman 3 18−20
Horizon Zero Dawn 18−20
Metro Exodus 18−20
Red Dead Redemption 2 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18−20

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18−20
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Battlefield 5 18−20
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 18−20
Far Cry New Dawn 18−20
Forza Horizon 4 18−20
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18−20
Hitman 3 18−20
Horizon Zero Dawn 18−20
Metro Exodus 18−20
Red Dead Redemption 2 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18−20
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 13

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18−20
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Battlefield 5 18−20
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 18−20
Far Cry New Dawn 18−20
Forza Horizon 4 18−20
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 950 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 950 from AMD is Radeon HD 7970, which is slower by 3% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

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