Report: NVIDIA Working on Another GeForce GTX 950 GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2016 - 12:01 PM |
Tagged: rumor, report, nvidia, Maxwell 2.0, GTX 950 SE, GTX 950 LP, gtx 950, gtx 750, graphics card, gpu

A report from claims that NVIDIA is working on another GTX 950 graphics card, but not the 950 Ti you might have expected.

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Reference GTX 950 (Image credit: NVIDIA)

While the GTX 750 Ti was succeeded by the GTX 950 in August of last year, the higher specs for this new GPU came at the cost of a higher TDP (90W vs. 60W). This new rumored GTX 950, which might be called either 950 SE or 950 LP according to the report, would be a lower power version of the GTX 950, and would actually have a lot more in common with the outgoing GTX 750 Ti than the plain GTX 750 as we can see from this chart:

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As you can see the GTX 750 Ti is based on GM107 (Maxwell 1.0) and has 640 CUDA cores, 40 TUs, 16 ROPs, and it operates at 1020 MHz Base/1085 MHz Boost clocks. The reported specs of this new GTX 950 SE/LP would be nearly identical, though based on GM206 (Maxwell 2.0) and offering greater memory bandwidth (and slightly higher power consumption).

The VideoCardz report was sourced from Expreview, which claimed that this GTX 950 SE/LP product would arrive next month at some point. This report is a little more vague than some of the rumors we see, but it could very well be that NVIDIA has a planned replacement for the remaining Maxwell 1.0 products on the market. I would have personally expected to see a"Ti” product before any “LE/LP” version of the GTX 950, and this reported name seems more like an OEM product than a retail part. We will have to wait and see if this report is accurate.

Source: VideoCardz

February 16, 2016 | 01:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Im waiting for someone to tell me how windows 10 will make this card burn your house down.

February 17, 2016 | 04:10 AM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

>Im waiting for someone to tell me how windows 10 will make this card burn your house down.<

Well, since Microsoft's new paradigm is that of the cloud and services, the argument will be made that all things local - applications, storage, heavy CPU/GPU computing, even one's house - are now redundant and w/o function.

As for the 'how,' it is actually easier than you think. Forced updates is now a reality as is all-out telemetry gathering. It should not be a stretch then, to reason that Ms would force other undesirable events; like a GPU core going into meltdown.

And surely, if a huge spyfest is at the heart of Win 10, then there can be no low that is beneath Microsoft - not even forcing a low mid range GPU to torch your house.

February 16, 2016 | 02:14 PM - Posted by SleepModezZ (not verified)

GTX 960 is so close in specs to GTX 950 that there is no need/room for a 950 Ti version between them. They should have released this LP version first, and called it the GTX 950, and then later the current GTX 950, as the GTX 950 Ti. (That is, if preserving the naming scheme were important to them.)

February 16, 2016 | 03:44 PM - Posted by shawnf77

This almost doesn't make since!!!!

February 18, 2016 | 06:44 AM - Posted by renz (not verified)

Those that can't make it into 960 and 950 has to go somewhere. Instead of totally scrapping them it is better make profit out of it.

February 16, 2016 | 03:55 PM - Posted by funandjam

I think Sebastien has it right with the OEM theory. So many low to mid range prebuilts feature chips like the 950 and 960 from nvidia and similar chips from AMD. Especially makes sense to have low power versions of these chips for SFF PCs like steam machines and the like.

February 17, 2016 | 12:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This would only make sense IMO if this GPU wouldnt require a power connector, to replace the 750Ti, as it is, makes no sense to me

February 17, 2016 | 12:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Same here. The 750Ti was interesting because it could be powered off of the PCIe slot alone. It could be thrown into OEM machines that didn't have a PCIe power plug and turn them into halfway decent gaming machines. This new card doesn't fill that role at all.

February 17, 2016 | 12:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Maybe compete for price performance against an R9270? Right now nVidia doesn't have a great card for that space. The closest thing is a 750TI which is much lower in performance.

February 17, 2016 | 03:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

That's interesting if true. A new low-end Maxwell 2.0 card coming out soon means it's very unlikely Pascal will be launching low-end-first like Maxwell.

February 17, 2016 | 10:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Don't bother making it low power unless you make it low-profile as well.

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