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Gigabyte GTX 950 OC Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Contents
  3. Closer Look
  4. Overclocking Impressions
  5. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  6. Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark (2013)
  7. Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark 11
  8. Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark Vantage
  9. OpenGL Benchmark: Cinebench 11.5 and R15
  10. Unigine Benchmark Heaven 3.0 and 4.0
  11. Batman Arkham City
  12. Hitman Absolution
  13. Metro 2033
  14. Shadow of Mordor
  15. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
  16. Sniper Elite V2
  17. GPU Computation Benchmark
  18. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  19. Overclocking Performance
  20. Conclusion
  21. Online Purchase Links
  22. View All

The all-matte-black cooling shroud has a two 11-blade fans. The GPU does not have any backplate. As you can see, the GPU cooler is slightly longer than the card’s PCB. But having a cover for all the connectors, including the SLI and PCIe interface, is a good touch. From the sides, you’ll notice that the entire passive sink is metal based.

Video Output Options

Gigabyte GTX 950 WindForce OC Edition has the commonly used ports such as DVI and HDMI ports but also has a single DisplayPort.

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The card uses 4x Samsung K4G41325FC-HC28 7000 MHz 512MB GDDR5 memory modules- two on the outer PCB and two on the inside.

The cooling shroud is mounted on a card with no more than four spring-loaded screws surrounding the GPU core from the inside. Once you remove them, you’ll notice that there is no thermal pad or anything other than the thermal paste on the graphic card. Those who would have any need to re-apply a fresh coat of thermal paste in the distant future should be able to do it without breaking a sweat.

Note that the card does not have any heatpipes or any copper base. It would be interesting to know if Gigabyte GTX 960 has a similar setup, but Zotac GTX 960 AMP! Edition did use a combination of a copper base for the core and two copper heatpipes. Remember, GTX 960 uses the same core as GTX 950, but with two out of six SMMs disabled.

The metal sink is very light compared to many GPU sinks I’ve dismantled in the past. The cooling frame has 2x Powerlogic PLD08010S12HH sleeve-bearing fan.

The GPU uses a 4+1 phase design for the power delivery. The GPU core and the two other VRAMs are placed slightly offset from the center. The card has a six-pin PCIe power connector has slightly offset from the PCB’s center.

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