GIGABYTE GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 2GB

Closer Look

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The GIGABYTE GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming is a dual slot GPU based on the same 28nm GM206 core as the GTX 960’s. In fact, save for a bit of limited hardware the Xtreme Gaming GTX 950 essentially is a GTX 960. You get a 1203 MHz base clock with a 1405 MHz boost clock, combined with a memory clock of 7000 MHz which puts the Xtreme Gaming GTX 950 in the position to potentially be the fastest GTX 950 available. You may have seen GIGABYTE’s GPU Gauntlet Sorting feature, what exactly does that mean? When components are being manufactured some inherently have better physical properties than others, which makes for a better performing end product, to ensure the Xtreme Gaming GTX 950 produces satisfactory results GIGABYTE selects only the top performing cores for this series.

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The addition of a backplate on the Xtreme Gaming GTX 950 gives it more of a higher end feel for a mainstream card. A backplate protecting the PCB is always welcomed and gives another dynamic to the look of the card, most importantly it adds a slight peace of mind knowing you are that much more safe guarded against accidents. We like the angled corners as they save space, a little extra clearance space never hurt anyone. The card measures:  22.5 cm x 12.0 cm.

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For power the Xtreme Gaming GTX 950 requires one 8-pin PCI-Express power connector. For power management we get a OnSemi NCP 81174 voltage controller. The memory chips are supplied by Samsung. The processor is Nvidia’s GM206 weighing in with a transistor count of 2.9 billion. Below is a table of a few Nvidia GPUs to show how the Xtreme Gaming GTX 950 compares to a few similar GPUs.

GIGABYTE GTX 950 Xtreme GamingEVGA GTX 960 SSCGeForce GTX 760
ChipGM206GM206GK104 Kepler
Process28 nm28 nm28 nm
Transistors2.94 billion2.94 billion3.54 billion
GPU clock1203 MHz1279 MHz960 MHz
GPU Boost clock1405 MHz1342 MHz1033 MHz
Memory GDDR52048 MB2048 MB2048 MB
Memory clock1750 (7000) MHz1750 (7010) MHz1500 (6000) MHz
Memory interface128 Bit128 Bit256 Bit
Memory bandwidth112.0 GB/s112.16 GB/s192.200 MB/s
TMUs488596
Shader Cores76810241’152
ROPs323232
TDP125 Watt160 Watt170 Watt
Slots22Reference Design
CoolerWINDFORCE 2XACX 2.0NVIDIA Reference

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A look at the back I\O shows the GIGABYTE GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 2GB equipped with one HDMI port that is 2.0 compatible, three DisplayPorts, and one DVI port. There is also a few slots cut in the panel to allow a bit of exhaust airflow. GIGABYTE has also coated the PCB in a breathable aerospace-grade coating to shield against moisture, dust, and corrosion, interesting. SLI is also supported and is quite effective as you will see later on.

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Here we see the two LED indicators that let you know when the fans on the GIGABYTE GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 2GB are not in operation. When using the stock fan profile operation the WINDFORCE fans will not start spinning until the GPU hits 55°C, staying nice and quiet. We personally don’t care about the noise these fans produce as we’d choose lower temps over silence any day, even at 90% the fans aren’t really loud enough to bother us personally. For those who are noise conscious the GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 2GB will be perfectly healthy operating at stock function.

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When the Xtreme Gaming GTX 950’s fans do kick on the WINDFORCE badge will illuminate letting you know cooling action is in full effect. With the help of OC Guru II you can choose from different LED options. Colors include Blue, Light Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Purple, White, and Random. LED modes include static, breathing, flashing, and dual flashing. If you want the LEDs on all the time that is an option, the brightness level can also be changed.

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