MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G Graphics Card

MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G Graphics Card

MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G Graphics Card

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Product Highlights

  • 1026 MHz Core - Boostable to 1317 MHz
  • 768 CUDA Cores
  • Maxwell Architecture
  • 2GB GDDR5 vRAM
  • 6610 MHz Effective Memory Clock
  • 128-Bit Memory Interface
  • DisplayPort, HDMI, & DVI Outputs
  • Twin Frozr V Cooler
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16 Interface
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MSI GTX 950 overview

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With 2GB of vRAM and a Maxwell GPU underneath a Twin Frozr V cooler, the MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G Graphics Card can render high-resolution graphics while keeping cool and quiet. The GTX 950 chipset's vRAM is coupled with 768 CUDA cores running at a base clock speed of 1026 MHz with a 128-bit interface. Using the included utility the GPU can be boosted and overclocked to 1317 MHz for more intense gaming sequences or rendering tasks.

The front panel of the card features a variety of outputs, which are DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Using either the HDMI or DisplayPort outputs, 4K resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 with 60Hz refresh rates can be achieved. The GTX 950 can support multiple displays using NVIDIA's Surround feature for an immersive gaming experience.

Not only for driving displays, this card features NVIDIA's Maxwell microprocessing architecture. Graphics intensive programs can utilize the Maxwell architecture's parallel configuration of the 768 CUDA cores to speed up render times and other tasks that benefit from parallel processing. Maxwell architecture also allows the card to run efficiently and quietly, even under a full processing load.

The Gaming G2 version of this card comes with overclocking capabilities which can be accessed through MSI's Gaming App. The Gaming App allows you to choose one of three modes for the card's operation that best fits your processing load. Silent mode has the least overclocking of the three, this way the fans rarely have to spin up. Gaming Mode, which is the default, has a moderate overclock for stable operation along with a speed boost. OC Mode has the highest performance of the three modes and runs the GPU at its fastest speed while also overclocking the vRAM clock speed up to 6650 MHz (effective).

To keep cool, even when overclocked, MSI implemented their Twin Frozr V cooler on this card. The Twin Frozr V cooler uses two large fans to force air through the heatsink and dissipate heat and lower the GPU's internal temperature. Because this kind of cooler recirculates air back into the case, this card works best in cases that have unrestricted airflow.

SLI Ready
With a compatible motherboard and a connecting bracket, multiple NVIDIA GPUs of the same model can combine processing power using NVIDIA's Scalable Link Interface (SLI). How the cards work together can be customized to suit your preferences. Alternate frame rendering has each alternating card prepare the next frame, essentially multiplying the capabilities of a single card's maximum capable frame rate output. Each card in the configuration can also be used to improve anti-aliasing by being able to process an image in parallel with the other cards before filtering out jagged edges.
Note: The maximum number of cards and the overall benefits of SLI will vary based on GPU model and component configuration.
NVIDIA's parallel computing platform which enables an increase in computing performance by harnessing the parallel nature of GPU processing. CUDA compatible applications can assign intensive parallel computing tasks, such as real-time video rendering, to the GPU to process, freeing up the computer's CPU to run other tasks.
NVIDIA's hardware accelerated physics engine computes how objects move in space in real time. Having a physics engine precludes the need for programs to pre-animate rendered objects which can give an unrealistic "canned animation" feel. The PhysX engine also allows for designers to create more detailed objects, relying on the GPU's processing power rather than a bloated programming back end.
Adaptive V-Sync
NVIDIA's Adaptive Vertical Sync minimizes stuttering and tearing by monitoring and adjusting the card's frame rate output. At high frame rates, Adaptive V-Sync is enabled to slow down the output frame rate to prevent tearing as a result of losing sync with your monitor. At lower frame rates, Adaptive V-Sync will automatically be disabled to minimize stuttering.
GPU Boost 2.0
Boosts the card's clock speed in real time based on the target temperature. If the card is running below the set target temperature, GPU Boost 2.0 will increase the clock speed to improve performance. The target temperature can be reset depending on your preference so you can have the card run more quietly for everyday tasks and older games, and run at full tilt during intense high-resolution gaming sequences.
G-Sync Support
When used with a monitor that has G-Sync hardware installed, the monitor's refresh rate will sync and lock with the graphics card's output frame rate. Establishing this sync removes tearing and stuttering which can result from conventional fixed screen refresh rates, especially important for gaming in stereoscopic 3D. An additional benefit of G-Sync is reduced lag so gamers will benefit from the improved command response time as well.
Display graphics, games, and video in UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) for increased detail on 4K resolution displays. Games which support 4K resolutions will display greater detail for enhanced realism and reduced artifacts. 4K video from services such as Netflix and YouTube can deliver full resolution video for an enhanced media experience.
With a single card you can expand your PC games across three displays in stereoscopic 3D for an "inside the game" experience. Add in a fourth accessory display to get access to your email, web, and other applications.
Introduced with NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture, Voxel Global Illumination can process advanced indirect lighting and reflections in real time, enabling programs to rely on the processing hardware to render reflections and shades rather than memory hogging pre-rendered textures.
NVIDIA's Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing is an efficient anti-aliasing method introduced with their Maxwell architecture. MFAA leverages the processing efficiency of the GPU architecture in order to analyze textures as they change rather than preloading larger textures into the card's memory.
NVIDIA's Dynamic Super Resolution is a scaling utility introduced with their Maxwell architecture. DSR uses the GPU architecture in order to take advantage of 4K capabilities with lower screen resolutions by having the graphics card render at 4K and then intelligently down-sample the output to fit the smaller screen. Aliasing and jagged artifacts are reduced by having a high-quality filter applied before the image is scaled down.
In the Box
MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G Graphics Card
  • DVI-I to VGA Adapter
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    MSI GTX 950 specs

    GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950:
    CUDA Cores: 768
    OC Mode
    Base Clock: 1127 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1317 MHz
    Gaming Mode
    Base Clock: 1102 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1279 MHz
    Silent Mode
    Base Clock: 1026 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1190 MHz
    Memory Clock Speed: 6610 MHz Effective (OC: 6650 MHz)
    Configuration: 2 GB
    Interface: GDDR5
    Interface Width: 128-bit
    Technologies Microsoft DirectX: 12
    OpenGL: 4.4
    CUDA: Yes
    Interface PCI Express 3.0 x16
    Display Support Display Connectors:
    1 x DVI-I DL
    3 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    Maximum Digital Resolution: 4096 x 2160
    Maximum VGA Resolution: 2048 x 1536
    Multi Monitor Support: Up to 4
    Power Requirements Power Consumption: 90 W
    Minimum System Power Requirement: 350 W
    PCI Power Connectors:
     1 x 6-pin
    Dimensions 10.6 x 5.4 x 1.4" / 270 x 137 x 37 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 10.6 x 3.2"

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