• Memory: 2GB GDDR5
  • Ports: DVI x2, HDMI x1, DisplayPort x1
  • Slot Size: Double
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Price
  • Cons:
  • Noisy in OC Mode
  • Benchmark Results
  • Fire Strike: 5,830 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 2,921 points

The Tiny Card That Packs A Big Punch

t’s easy to forget that there is also a market for gamers who aren’t necessarily looking for the biggest and most powerful cards around. As NVIDIA announced the latest addition to its GTX 9xx family, ASUS went ahead and slapped on its own STRIX cooler onto the card, and what we have is the ASUS GTX 950 STRIX, a card meant for mid-range gamer who are looking for something that’s compact, powerful, but doesn’t break the bank.

Featuring a base clock of 1,140MHz, the STRIX 950 also comes with 2GBs of GDDR5 memory, and two modes, which includes Game Mode, with a GPU Boost clock of 1,129MHz and OC Mode, with a base clock of 1,165MHz and a Boost Clock of 1,355MHz.

At the back are two DVI ports, and one HDMI and DisplayPort each, allowing users to connect multiple monitors to the card with ease. As far as cooling goes, the card is equipped with ASUS’ DirectCUII Dual Wing Blade fans, which also features the 0dB Fan Design, which means that the fans don’t spin until they reach a certain temperature point.

During our tests, the fans indeed do not spin until we ran certain benchmarks, or tested it with some games. While the GTX 950 is engineered to be optimised for games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends, we find that the GTX 950 is still capable of playing many of the current games at HD or Full HD resolutions with a bit of tweaking in the graphical settings menu.

Titles such as The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V and Grand Theft Auto mostly ran above 30FPS on HD, with some bells like anti-aliasing turned down to minimum values. We should also note that while the fans are silent for the most part, turning OC Mode on will yield a considerable amount of noise as the fans go hard at work to dissipate as much heat as possible.

For the users who want to squeeze every bit of performance out of the card, the card also supports ASUS’ GPU Tweak II and Gaming Booster, which not only makes overclocking the card easy, but also allows you to up the performance of your PC in just a few simple steps.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For those looking for a GPU that’s good enough to do gaming without all the bells and whistles of the more powerful cards, the ASUS GTX 950 is definitely a card to consider.

(previously published in issue October 2015)