Wednesday, March 16th 2016

ASUS Announces the TUF Echelon GTX 950 Limited Edition Graphics Card

ASUS today announced Echelon GTX 950, a limited-edition gaming graphics card with unstoppable performance, military-grade quality and reliability, and stunning arctic camouflage coloring on both the card and backplate. Powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 graphics processing unit (GPU) - clocked at 1329MHz - Echelon GTX 950 delivers up to 10% faster performance than reference cards in the 3DMark 11 (Extreme) benchmark.

Echelon GTX 950 features ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology and a dual-ball-bearing fan for 20% cooler performance and a 4X-longer lifespan than reference cards. Industry-first Auto-Extreme fully automated production technology, TUF Components, and rigorous server-level testing ensure premium quality and military-grade reliability for tough, dependable service.

Echelon GTX 950 comes with GPU Tweak II, an intuitive yet powerful overclocking tool designed to let users get maximum performance out of their graphics card. It also comes with a 14-day XSplit Gamecaster premium license, so gamers can easily stream or record their gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.

Ultimate cooling and longevity: DirectCU II with dual-ball-bearing fan
Echelon GTX 950 is equipped with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology, which features flattened copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU and have double the heat-dissipation area for 20% cooler and 3X-quieter performance. A dual-ball-bearing fan design eliminates the problem of oil drying that is common in sleeve-bearing fans, resulting in a 4X-longer fan lifespan. Additionally, the reduced friction of ball bearings allows the fan to run smoother, further improving card lifespan and cooling efficiency.

Military-grade quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with TUF Components
Echelon GTX 950 is produced using ASUS-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-first, 100% automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality. Auto‑Extreme technology ensures consistent graphics card quality as well as improved performance and longevity. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Echelon GTX 950 also incorporates military-grade TUF components to ensure incredible durability and high reliability. TUF capacitors last 2.5X longer than standard capacitors, strong alloy chokes manufactured using high-grade materials provide 13.6% better heat dissipation and unbeatable durability.

In addition to being built with military-grade components, Echelon GTX 950 is subjected to extreme environment measurements, thermal-shock testing, and punishing burn-in tests with temperatures of up to 55°C for 48 hours at humidity levels as high as 90%. Echelon GTX 950 is also tested with over 1000 devices and goes through more than 7000 hours of strict validation. With so many whole-build server-grade stability tests, Echelon GTX 950 can be trusted to operate reliably in all conditions.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for easy tweaking and streaming
Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier and more visual than ever, while still retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 14-day XSplit Gamecaster premium license lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.
For more information, visit the product page.
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12 Comments on ASUS Announces the TUF Echelon GTX 950 Limited Edition Graphics Card

#1
P4-630
Nice card, but it stays a GTX950. Nice upgrade for people that own a GTX750Ti though.
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#2
erixx
A shame, for them, that they do not launch this flavour at the same time as they launch that white TUF mobo...
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#3
natr0n
Nice looking card.

I still remember the name echelon from the console ripping scene.
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#4
rruff
btarunr said:
Echelon GTX 950 delivers up to 10% faster performance than reference cards in the 3DMark 11 (Extreme) benchmark.
Pretty much all the 950s will OC 20% FPS over reference.
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#5
yun4l
Sexy ... EXCEPT The Eyebrow ... ;)
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#6
9700 Pro
TUF version of a low-end card, really Asus?
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#7
LTUGamer
P4-630 said:
Nice card, but it stays a GTX950. Nice upgrade for people that own a GTX750Ti though.
If you having GTX 750 ti it is not worth to buy GTX 950, performance difference is too small
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LTUGamer
P4-630 said:
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+750+Ti
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+950

;)
I prefer this kind of tests https://i.gyazo.com/9634bbcc61c430618d61f0779a824f06.png I bet GTX 950 haves better CPUs and etc. Graphics cards could be compared only in identical systems

It looks like difference is only 27%. It is enough for successor , but not reason to pay a lot of money for a new card.

And finally if you can spend only 150€ for graphics and upgrading just in every single generation (GTS450 -> GTX550Ti -> GTX650Ti -> GTX750Ti -> GTX950... ) it would be much better to pay twice more and buy every second generation (GTX 470 -> GTX 670 -> GTX 970)
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P4-630
As I said before, this card IS a nice upgrade for people that don't want to spend much cash that own a GTX750Ti.
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rruff
LTUGamer said:
It looks like difference is only 27%. It is enough for successor , but not reason to pay a lot of money for a new card.
Come on... grade school math. 95/69 is 38%, not 27%.
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LTUGamer
rruff said:
Come on... grade school math. 95/69 is 38%, not 27%.
Well. GTX 950 is 38% faster than 750Ti. 750Ti is 27% slower than GTX950.

69+38%=95
95-27%=69
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