• GPU: GTX 950 GAMING 2G
  • Memory: 2GB GDDR5/128-bit
  • Ports: Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort
  • Slot Size: Dual-slot
  • Pros:
  • Budget friendly
  • Low power usage
  • MOBA optimised
  • Cons:
  • Memory only 2GB
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark
  • Fire Strike: 5,626 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 2,903 points

Budget Gaming For MOBA Players

Not every gamer requires a high-end graphics card, some just prefer to play games that aren’t so graphically intensive, and with the exponential rise in popularity of Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games these days it’s not surprising that gamers nowadays don’t require the top of the line flagship GPUs. So what does NVIDIA have to offer for this new generation of gamers?

NVIDIA sent in the MSI GTX 950 GAMING 2G for us to review their GTX 950 card. To start off, the GTX 950 is built on the Maxwell GPU microarchitecture which was developed as the successor of the Kepler, but on the GTX 950 a second-generation of Maxwell was introduced together with a slew of new technologies such as Dynamic Super Resolution, NVIDIA VXGI (Real-Time-Voxel-Global Illumination), HDMI 2.0 support, and many more.

Getting into the dirty details, the GTX 950 has a Core clock of 1024MHz and Boost clock of 1188MHz together with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a 128-bit bus memory width. The card only requires a single 6-pin connector to fully power it, and has a TDP of 90W which is quite power efficient. It will also support DirectX 12 and will feature G-Sync.

To really test what this card was built for we decided to pick up League of Legends to see how it does. The card performs exceptionally well in League of Legends, it plays smoothly in the highest settings at 1080p. But NVIDIA believes that just having smooth gameplay isn’t enough when it comes to MOBAs, and takes it a step further. Using GeForce Experience’s one-click Optimal Playable Settings delays are reduced and responsiveness increased through a combination of improved performance and latency optimisation.

So does it really work? One of our more “experienced” MOBA players came to the conclusion that he could feel that actions were much more responsive. The delay between the click and when the action is performed is reduced as advertised and improves fluidness during gameplay. But of course playing just a single game isn’t going to fully gauge the card, so we tested it with a few other games. The card smoothly plays most of the latest games at 1080p but between Med-High settings.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you are just a casual gamer that dabbles in a bit of high-end games or you might be a MOBA player tearing up DoTA and LoL, this graphic card will be perfect for you.

(previously published in issue October 2015)