NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Review: Affordable Maxwell For The Masses

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Test System and Unigine Heaven v4.0

How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard powered by an Intel Core i7-5960X octal-core processor and 16GB of Corsair DDR4 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disable any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's X.M.P. profile was enabled to ensure optimal memory performance and the solid state drive was then formatted and Windows 10 Professional x64 was installed. When the installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered
Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-5960X
(3GHz, Octa-Core)
Asus X99 Deluxe
(Intel X99 Chipset)

Radeon R7 270
Radeon R9 285
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 960
GeForce GTX 950 (Asus and EVGA)

16GB Corsair DDR4-2133
OCZ Vertex 4
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network
Relevant Software:
Windows 10 Pro x64
AMD Catalyst v15.17.1 Beta
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v355.65

Benchmarks Used:
Unigine Heaven v4
3DMark "Fire Strike"
Thief
MIddle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor
Metro Last Light Redux
FRAPS

Unigine Heaven v4.0 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v4.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion). It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.


Unigine Heaven

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The new GeForce GTX 950 cards from ASUS and EVGA have no trouble dispatching the Radeon R9 270X (which will perform similarly to the Radeon R9 370) and GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. The GeForce GTX 960 and Radeon R9 285 finish well ahead, however.

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