Nvidia was rumoured to be preparing a low-powered variant of the GTX 950 a few weeks ago. Those rumours have turned out to be true with Nvidia’s AIB partner, Asus, unveiling the low powered GTX 950-2G.
The graphics card is equipped with 2GB GDDR5 memory and, instead of the 640 CUDA cores that was rumoured, Asus’ latest graphics card comes with 786 CUDA cores along with 48 texture units. The memory clock speed of the graphics card is 6610Mhz, which is similar to that of the reference GTX 950.
Here is where things get a little more interesting. Despite being low powered – a TDP of 75W – the GTX 950-2G comes with a base core clock of 1026MHz, which is surprisingly faster – but not by much – compared to the reference GTX 950, which boasts a TDP of 90W and a base core clock of 1024MHz. In fact, the GTX 950-2G also has slightly higher base core clock speeds even when compared against the reference GTX 750 Ti. The boost clock speed of the graphics card tells the same story as well.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, then the fact that the Asus GTX 950-2G only requires power from the PCIe slot will definitely attract plenty of attention. This could probably be due to the efficient Maxwell 2.0 GPU architecture and GM206 core. Full specifications of the GTX 950-2G can be found here.
Unfortunately, Asus did not mention the price and availability of its GTX 950-2G, but sources are estimating the price to be in the region of US$129 (about RM530). Those that are looking for a good mid-range graphics card might want to keep an eye on this one.