New ASUS GeForce GTX 950 2G Requires No PCIe Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 4, 2016 - 04:48 PM |
Tagged: PCIe power, PCI Express, nvidia, GTX 950 2G, gtx 950, graphics card, gpu, geforce, asus, 75W

ASUS has released a new version of the GTX 950 called the GTX 950 2G, and the interesting part isn't what's been added, but what was taken away; namely, the PCIe power requirement.

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When NVIDIA announced the GTX 950 (which Ryan reviewed here) it carried a TDP of 90W, which prevented it from running without a PCIe power connector. The GTX 950 was (seemingly) the replacement for the GTX 750, which didn't require anything beyond motherboard power via the PCIe slot, and the same held true for the more powerful GTX 750 Ti. Without the need for PCIe power that GTX 750 Ti became our (any many others) default recommendation to turn any PC into a gaming machine (an idea we just happened to cover in depth here).

Here's a look at the specs from ASUS for the GTX 950 2G:

  • Graphics Engine: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • Video Memory: GDDR5 2GB
  • CUDA Cores: 768
  • Memory Clock: 6610 MHz
  • Memory Interface: 128-bit
  • Engine Clock
    • Gaming Mode (Default) - GPU Boost Clock : 1190 MHZ , GPU Base Clock : 1026 MHz
    • OC Mode - GPU Boost Clock : 1228 MHZ , GPU Base Clock : 1051 MHz
  • Interface: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, DVI
  • Power Consumption: Up to 75W, no additional PCIe power required
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 4.5 x 1.6 inches

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Whether this model has any relation to the rumored "GTX 950 SE/LP" remains to be seen (and other than power, this card appears to have stock GTX 950 specs), but the option of adding in a GPU without concern over power requirements makes this a very attractive upgrade proposition for older builds or OEM PC's, depending on cost.

The full model number is ASUS GTX950-2G, and a listing is up on Amazon, though seemingly only a placeholder at the moment. (Link removed. The listing was apparently for an existing GTX 950 product.)

Source: ASUS

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March 4, 2016 | 07:03 PM - Posted by taisserroots

What I don't get is why no low profile card?

March 4, 2016 | 07:05 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

A ~50% boost over the 750 Ti is a nice upgrade for those who are rocking old OEM machines.

March 4, 2016 | 08:55 PM - Posted by Tucker Smith (not verified)

It's beautiful. It's perfect.

I don't give a hoot about the next great flagship, I wanna see the next-gen cards that don't need a power cord.

In asymmetric tandem. If the magical promised lands of DX12 and Vulkan truly open their gates to us, this and a comparable Polaris card would be a rad, weird hybrid setup.

March 4, 2016 | 08:57 PM - Posted by Tucker Smith (not verified)

I'd like to really see someone throw the kitchen sink at one of these and see what blood can be squeezed from this stone.

March 4, 2016 | 10:55 PM - Posted by collie

I Love It. Period. Simple install for simple systems was the complete strength of the 750ti, we all know this, upping the wattage for the 950 never made any sense what so ever.

Being a team Red fanboy till death do us part however, it's just another "Better than they can do" part, and that makes me kinda sad :(

And drunk, yea, I probably had 3 too many to be posting.


March 4, 2016 | 11:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have two EVGA GTX 960 FTWs with a 1304 core clock with 1024 Cuda Cores... bought as refurbs from Newegg for $170 each months ago.
Good luck with overclocking these GTX 950's without the additional power, boys.

March 5, 2016 | 09:56 AM - Posted by W1tness

It's not about the overclocking for a low end/highly power efficient card, it's just plug in, install drivers, and play the games.

March 5, 2016 | 10:29 AM - Posted by collie

exactly, this card turns a 3-4-500$ of the shelf system with a pci slot into a gaming rig with pretty good results.

March 5, 2016 | 01:10 PM - Posted by Tucker Smith (not verified)

One of those refurb HP/Dell small business deals with a Sandy Bridge i5. You can find wicked coupons and deals on those guys.

Or plug one into an AM1 board with a 5350 and a laptop power cord and an 8 gig stick of ram. Steam Machine FTW.

March 5, 2016 | 11:20 AM - Posted by Andrei (not verified)

I'm just going to leave this here:

March 5, 2016 | 11:45 AM - Posted by zoulnix (not verified)

So they are reusing the model number?
The "GTX950-OC-2GD5" has been out since October.

March 5, 2016 | 02:56 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

My mistake. That is an earlier product, and this is apparently "GTX950-2G", not the OC-2GD5. I corrected the post.

March 5, 2016 | 04:23 PM - Posted by Lance Ripplinger (not verified)

Hopefully you guys will benchmark this against the 750Ti in an OEM system, just to see how much of an upgrade it is? It is nice to see an replacement for the 750Ti. That was a great product for folks who had or have OEM machines.

March 5, 2016 | 09:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I could use a card like this for an old Dell machine I use. It has a old 256 MB Nvidia card in it now and that doesn't seem to be sufficient anymore, even not considering gaming use. I don't know if I would buy this card though. The 14 nm parts should be out this summer and they will have a much more powerful card in the 75 W range.

March 7, 2016 | 12:20 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

power connectors do not offend me.

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