ASUS STRIX GEFORCE GTX 950
Looking very much like its more powerful siblings is the ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 950, which is designed with the traditional black color scheme with red sticker accents. Look over to the top of the card and you’ll notice the two protruding 8mm copper heatpipes that work as part of ASUS’ proprietary DirectCU II thermal cooling system, which comes in direct contact with the GPU to help with heat dissipation.
While we won’t deny that the DirectCU II cooling system plays an indispensable role at helping the card stay cool, we have to point out that it’s surprisingly not as effective at regulating the card’s temperature as the IceStorm cooling system of the Zotac Geforce GTX 950 AMP! Edition.
If there was one thing that’s noticeably absent from the STRIX GeForce GTX 950, it would be a backplate, which is a shame, really, as the two other cards in this shootout –one of which actually being cheaper than the ASUS – comes with a backplate in tow.
You can easily tell that the STRIX GeForce GTX 950 is going to have a tough time going up against the other two cards just by looking at its specification sheet. Despite having a factoryoverclocked core clock speed of 1,165MHz and a boost core clock speed of 1,355MHz, the STRIX GeForce GTX 950 is still unable to match the slightly higher base and boost clock speeds of both the Gigabyte and the Zotac cards.
The card’s clock speed deficiency became immediately apparent when we subjected it to the out-of-the-box 3DMark benchmark test, where the STRIX GeForce GTX 950 came up short against both the Gigabyte and the Zotac in the Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme benchmarks. With that said, the card did manage to pull slightly ahead of the other two cards during the no-nonsense Fire Strike Ultra benchmark.
But once overclocking came into play, the STRIX GeForce GTX 950 still fell behind the Gigabyte and Zotac cards, despite pushing both its core clock speed to 1,296MHz, and its memory clock speed to 1,700MHz.
What we particularly liked about the card though, was its ability to remain silent even when its dualfans started spinning under heavy load, specifically during benchmarking and gaming. Better yet, the card will enter a state of virtual silence when its fans stop spinning as the card’s temperature dips below 60°C.
As far as connectivity ports are concerned, the STRIX GeForce GTX 950 comes with one DVI-I port, one DVI-D port, one HDMI port, and a DisplayPort.
The dual 0dB fans of the STRIX GeForce GTX 950 will only start spinning when the GPU’s temperature exceeds 60°C.t