• Memory: 2GB GDDR5/128-bit
  • Ports: 3x DisplayPort, 1x DVI, 1x HDMI
  • Slot Size: Dual-slot
  • Dimensions: 270 x 137 x 37mm
  • Weight: 602g
  • Pros:
  • Twin Frozr V
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • 2GB only
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark
  • Fire Strike: 5,626 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 2,903 points

The Midrange Mauler

MOBA games are truly booming in popularity recently, and with only a need for midrange-graphic cards to play the game, it’s hard not to be enticed. Fitting right into that range is the GTX 950 from NVIDIA, designed and tailored for MOBA gamers. MSI’s GTX950 GAMING 2G comes with their signature black and red Twin Frozr V cooler, that delivers less noise and better heat dissipation.

The MSI GTX950 GAMING 2G is the perfect graphic card if you’re into mid-range gaming, as it finds itself with a perfect balance between performance and power. It also comes with different profiles which allows you to tweak your gaming experience. Each mode/profile will provide varying clock speeds, so beginning with the OC Mode the GTX950 has a base clock of 1127MHz and boost clock of 1317MHz, whereas the Gaming Mode will have slightly lower base clock of 1102MHz and boost clock of 1279MHz. And finally the Silent Mode with an even lower clock of 1026MHz and 1190MHz respectively, for the times you want to play silently.

MSI has put three DisplayPort ports on their card which is quite excessive as most monitors still use either VGA, HDMI and DVI ports openly, maybe it’s for a possibly future but right now we think it would be better to have an additional DVI or HDMI port instead, as there’s only 1 DVI and HDMI port found on the card. Moving on to the Twin Frozr cooling solution, the shroud is nicely done and doesn’t take up much space so it’ll easily fit into small form factor PC’s which is a nice plus. In addition, the cooler is equipped with TORX fans which to maximise air dissipation and dispersion.

The Twin Frozr V cooler does an excellent job keeping the card cool and quiet when playing games like DoTA 2 and League of Legends, but may get a bit loud when playing much more intensive games. OC Mode and Gaming Mode noise levels are about the same regardless of what game we were playing but Silent Mode did provide a noticeable softer sound albeit lower performance.

CHIP CONCLUDE: At its price it’s hard to find another strong contender for this card, when it comes to performance and cooling efficiency. All-in-all if you need a card that suits your midrange gaming needs, then the MSI GTX950 GAMING 2G does a great job. Although, having 3GB of memory for multiple-displays would really be a kicker and make this card even better than it is.

(previously published in issue December 2015)