Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB GDDR5 PCIe3.0 Graphics Card runs without six-pin 75W and quiet at BT Shop £124.43 delivered
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Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB GDDR5 PCIe3.0 Graphics Card runs without six-pin 75W and quiet at BT Shop £124.43 delivered

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Found 16th May 2016
I bought the rather excellent Dell Vostro 3900 deal but wanted a decent graphics card upgrade without the hassle of upgrading the power supply. I also wanted a quiet PC and low electricity bills. I installed my new Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB GDDR5 today. This card is running fine with a quad Intel® Core™ i5-4460 Processor on a 300W PSU.

Until the last week or so, the best, indeed only, option for playing games on 75W PCI power were the GTX 750Ti cards. The GTX 950 is about fifty per cent faster than them and will run demanding current games like Shadow of Mordor or Bioshock Infinite at decent frame rates on medium at 1080. Most older games can be maxed out. It also has advanced DirectX 12 support, H.265 (HEVC) encoding and decoding and HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 for Ultra HD Blu-rays which should help with future proofing.

The twin fan design of the Asus is quiet and should be quieter than the single fan 75w GTX 950s from EVGA, MSI and Gigabyte. I think it comes with a three year warranty. Don't compare the cost to one of the older GTX 950s which consume about 90W and need a six or eight pin power connector.

The Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB GDDR5 is £129.99 plus delivery on Amazon, £129.54 plus delivery on Scan. So, it is about £10 cheaper at BT Shop when delivery is taken into account.

I know if I spent £300 I'd get a faster card which would consume the power of my local electricity substation but I don't want that. This has better graphics than a PS4 or XBox One and will do very nicely.

Review is here (thank you, woffle99):
techpowerup.com/rev…tml
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Nice that it works without a 6-pin connector. Thanks OP.
Hadn't realised that this was even a thing so thanks for the heads-up. I have been waiting for a successor to the 750ti for my kids PCs (old HPs with decent CPU but rubbish PSU) and this looks to be a decent option (about 33 - 50% quicker than the 750ti - techpowerup.com/rev…tml).

Still thinking I'll wait for the next-gen Nvidia and AMD cards to see whats on offer there at the low-power end.
Try hwcompare.com/205…50/
its a great website to compare different gpus
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Nice card if you don't want the expense of a PSU too
Congrats on that extra cost of a subway sandwich you managed to save in electricity bills...
Good info, thanks for posting.
pointless waiting for newer low end cards .. these have onlybeen out about three months so Id reckon about a years wait .. there should also be a single slot anf halfheight option, You really dont lose meuch compaered to a gtx960.
Only issue with this is that it does not perform as well as a stock 950 due to GPU boost and does not overclock as high if you have any sort of 80 plus power supply I would go with a six pin model. If you are upgrading a OEM PC then go with this.
With GTX 750 Tis reaching ~£80 on occasion, I like the GTX 950 in theory but find it a tough sell over £120. As soon as they hit £100-120, they'll be kicking ass and taking names. Ahem.

If your PSU is up to it, and you're only running Windows with no interest in perhaps trying SteamOS in future, you can currently get a 2GB 380 for a smidge under £130. Faster Windows gaming performance across the board.
BetaRomeo

With GTX 750 Tis reaching ~£80 on occasion, I like the GTX 950 in theory … With GTX 750 Tis reaching ~£80 on occasion, I like the GTX 950 in theory but find it a tough sell over £120. As soon as they hit £100-120, they'll be kicking ass and taking names. Ahem.If your PSU is up to it, and you're only running Windows with no interest in perhaps trying SteamOS in future, you can currently get a 2GB 380 for a smidge under £130. Faster Windows gaming performance across the board.



Unless you have a budget CPU (I3, or old i5)... Then it's slower across the board, and the CPU bottleneck causes FPS stutters.
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keepitonthelow

Only issue with this is that it does not perform as well as a stock 950 … Only issue with this is that it does not perform as well as a stock 950 due to GPU boost and does not overclock as high if you have any sort of 80 plus power supply I would go with a six pin model. If you are upgrading a OEM PC then go with this.



I just tested my new 75W Asus 950 and it overclocked to 1350 Mhz with memory at 2 GHz with no difficulty at all.

I'm sure it will go quite a bit higher but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. In the review they went to 1447 Mhz and 2060 Mhz.
Original Poster

I just tested my new 75W Asus 950 and it overclocked to 1350 Mhz with … I just tested my new 75W Asus 950 and it overclocked to 1350 Mhz with memory at 2 GHz with no difficulty at all.I'm sure it will go quite a bit higher but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. In the review they went to 1447 Mhz and 2060 Mhz.



I've now been running the gtx 950 at 1400MHz and 7GHz with no stability issues at all. It is still reasonably quiet.
is this the same card?
amazon link

is this the same card?amazon link


I don't think so. But it's difficult to tell. There's no mention of 75Watts power. The reviews are from months ago and the 75W version only came out in the last few weeks.
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is this the same card?amazon link



No. This is the new card. You need to check the model numbers carefully.

That card is 90w and requires a 6-pin. Scan has stock of the new EVGA and Asus 75w cards and it makes the low power requirements very clear. Last time I looked Ebuyer had the Asus but not the EVGA. But I'd rather buy from BT Shop and I strongly suspect the twin fan design of the Asus will be much quieter.

Edited by: "musical" 6th Jun 2016

No. This is the new card. You need to check the model numbers carefully. … No. This is the new card. You need to check the model numbers carefully. That card is 90w and requires a 6-pin. Scan has stock of the new EVGA and Asus 75w cards and it makes the low power requirements very clear. Last time I looked Ebuyer had the Asus but not the EVGA. But I'd rather buy from BT Shop and I strongly suspect the twin fan design of the Asus will be much cheaper.




Thank you. You have saved me a lot of trouble have ordered from the BT shop grateful for your research.
How quiet is this card without it being overclocked? Thanks.
Original Poster

How quiet is this card without it being overclocked? Thanks.



I think it is quiet. Measurements and comparative tables here

techpowerup.com/rev…tml
Interested in the card. could you please let me know how's it doing, which games are playable at high settings or which games you are playing.
Thanks in advance
Original Poster

Interested in the card. could you please let me know how's it doing, … Interested in the card. could you please let me know how's it doing, which games are playable at high settings or which games you are playing. Thanks in advance



See the review here for loads of games tested with the card.

I've been playing Mad Max at 1080 with the card overclocked to 1400 Mhz and memory at 7 Ghz and getting 60ish fps at highest quality settings. Completely stable.
Edited by: "musical" 8th Jun 2016
Original Poster

Interested in the card. could you please let me know how's it doing, … Interested in the card. could you please let me know how's it doing, which games are playable at high settings or which games you are playing. Thanks in advance



See this too:

youtube.com/wat…BCM
Edited by: "musical" 8th Jun 2016
GwanGy

pointless waiting for newer low end cards .. these have onlybeen out … pointless waiting for newer low end cards .. these have onlybeen out about three months so Id reckon about a years wait .. there should also be a single slot anf halfheight option, You really dont lose meuch compaered to a gtx960.


People have become a bit blasé since GPUs were stuck at 28nm for so long, but Nvidia have just launched 16nm and AMD are about to launch 14nm. While Nvidia's first Pascal (GP104) is never going to fit under 75W, the later ones like GP108 (GP106 is perhaps a bit borderline but this is GM206, so a cut down version might hit 75W eventually) should do so easily and bring with the performance enhancement of upto twice the transistors of this.
AMD's Polaris 11 (the smaller chip as Polaris 10 is the larger one: apparently they were code-named in the order the project were started) should be around this and faster too. And that should be launching soon as AMD have demoed it lots of times but the unknown is whether a big OEM like Apple is going to get all the early ones.

vinny939

Try … Try http://www.hwcompare.com/20577/geforce-gtx-750-ti-vs-geforce-gtx-950/its a great website to compare different gpus


Correction: that is a good site to compare the paper specs of cards. And paper specs are only really relevant if the cards are already quite similar. So that means the same vendor as there is not much point comparing paper specs of AMD and Nvidia. And preferably even from the same generation: at an extreme Ferni paper specs to Pascal paper specs will tell you next to nothing. And even Kepler to Maxwell, Maxwell1 to Maxwell2 may not tell you much useful.
Still, kudos to hwcompare.com for keeping their database of specs up to date!
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