ASUS GeForce GTX 950 (No PCI-E Power) Graphics Card Review

With the slew of new cards that hit the market recently, one can’t help but wonder where would the low-powered GTX 950 stand. The ASUS GeForce GTX 950 is one such model, one that doesn’t require PCI-E power connector.

ASUS GeForce GTX 950 (No PCI-E Power) Graphics Card Review

The ASUS GTX 950 here looks no different from it’s usual form, it’s just that this time it doesn’t require PCI-E power connection.

ASUS GeForce GTX 950 (No PCI-E Power) Graphics Card Review

ASUS GeForce GTX 950 (No PCI-E Power) Graphics Card Review

ASUS GeForce GTX 950 (No PCI-E Power) Graphics Card Review

Here’s the GPU-Z of the GTX 950.

ASUS GeForce GTX 950 (No PCI-E Power) Graphics Card Review

Test Setup

Processor Intel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAM Apacer Blade Fire 2x 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz
Motherboard ASRock X99 OC Formula
Power Supply Cooler Master V850
Operating System Windows 10 64bit

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 28
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 31
ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP 62

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 44
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 50
ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP 85

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 36
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 43
ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP 89

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 63
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 71
ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP 114

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 16
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 19
ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP 45

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 27 59
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered (Full RPM) 26 50

On AUTO the fan tops out at around 35% which is very silent.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an Cooler Master V850 with around 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 107w.

Card ASUS GTX 950 Low-Power
Furmark Burn-in 187
Estimated Actual System Draw 168
Estimated Card Power Draw 62

The Verdict

The ASUS GeForce GTX 950 (No PCI-E Power) Graphics Card is said to retail at slightly above RM 800 but here’s the thing, as far as I’ve observed the market the card is no where to be found.

To make things worse, Nvidia introduced the 10 series cards not long after the non-powered GTX 950 came into the market. In terms of power consumption cards like GTX 1060 doesn’t draw that much more but offers A LOT more performance. As if that’s not bad enough, some models of GTX 1060 can be acquired for a little over RM 1,000 (with discount coupon) so the GTX 950 doesn’t look all that attractive already.

Based on my experience with Nvidia GTX 1060, it peaked at around 76W power draw which is not far from what the GTX 950 here is able to do. So even if the price of the GTX 950 is lowered to RM 600 range, it still makes better sense to buy a GTX 1060 and downclock it to run at lower power draw. Then again, unless you run a very low powered PSU (like sub-200W) then there’s really nothing to be concerned about when it comes to cards with already such low power draw. Note also that the GTX 1060 is very close when it comes to power draw but offers double (or more) when it comes to performance.

Overall, the GTX 950 non-powered unit (regardless of brand) comes in a little too late. It’s no surprise that Nvidia already considers the 900 series legacy products as the 10 series made them ancient in comparison.

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