Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 2 GB 14

Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 2 GB

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Introduction



NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 950 was released a few weeks ago, covering the entry-level price-point at around $160, right below $200, where competition from AMD is strong.

NVIDIA gave the GeForce GTX 950 a solid and cost-effective foundation in the 28 nm GM206 silicon on which the GTX 960 is also based. This is a tiny chip, and compared to the R7 370, it has a narrower 128-bit memory bus for just four memory chips on the card. NVIDIA makes up for some of the deficit with lossless texture compression tech, which improves effective bandwidth by around 20%. The sheer pixel-crunching muscle of the Maxwell architecture takes care of the rest, which creates immense room for future cost-cutting measures.



Today, we are reviewing Gigabyte's tweaked up GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming, which is the company's flagship GTX 950 card. It comes with an overclock on both GPU and memory and has a backplate, all for $180.

GeForce GTX 950 Market Segment Analysis
 Radeon
R9 370
Radeon
R9 270X
GeForce
GTX 950
Gigabyte
GTX 950
GeForce
GTX 760
GeForce
GTX 960
Radeon
R9 285
Radeon
R9 380
GeForce
GTX 770
Radeon
R9 280X
GeForce
GTX 780
Radeon
R9 290
Radeon
R9 390
GeForce
GTX 970
Shader Units102412807687681152102417921792153620482304256025601664
ROPs3232323232323232323248646456
Graphics ProcessorPitcairnPitcairnGM206GM206GK104GM206TongaTongaGK104TahitiGK110HawaiiHawaiiGM204
Transistors2800M2800M2940M2940M3500M2940Munknownunknown3500M4310M7100M6200M6200M5200M
Memory Size2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB3072 MB3072 MB4096 MB8192 MB4096 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit256 bit128 bit128 bit256 bit128 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit384 bit384 bit512 bit512 bit256 bit
Core Clock975 MHz1050 MHz1024 MHz+1114 MHz+980 MHz+1127 MHz+918 MHz970 MHz1046 MHz+1000 MHz863 MHz+947 MHz1000 MHz1051 MHz+
Memory Clock1400 MHz1400 MHz1653 MHz1750 MHz1502 MHz1753 MHz1375 MHz1375 MHz1753 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz
Price$150$150$160$180$210$190$200$200$300$210$290$250$330$310
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