GIGABYTE GEFORCE GTX 950 XTREME GAMING
Upon unboxing the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 XTREME Gaming, it was clear to us that this card wasn’t something that Gigabyte would normally make. Sure, it looks the part of a Gigabyte card with its iconic skeletal design on the front, but the thing that makes us genuinely happy – the addition of a backplate, even despite the fact that it’s a midrange graphics card.
That same design does lend to the card’s elegant look as well. The brushed aluminum metal that envelops the card around the front and the back gives the card a nice rugged feel in our hands. Also (and as much as we hate to say this), it does look rather sexy when you look at it running from inside a system.
Aesthetic customization is also another key selling point of this card. That WINDFORCE logo on the side of the card can be customized to flash several different colors of choice, ranging from the iconic cool blue, all the way down to a deep, but bright red. On the subject of WINDFORCE (and per Gigabyte’s customs), the card is cooled down by a WINDFORCE 2X dual fan configuration, with both fans running under Gigabyte’s 3D-Active Fan technology, which technically works in the same way as the ubiquitous Zero RPM fan technology that’s been making its way around other cards on the market.
Despite its cooling methods, the card unfortunately does seem have higher temperatures than the Zotac and ASUS card in this shootout. While idle, this card still sits on a temperature of 43°C, which is comparatively hotter than the other two cards. Surprisingly, the card marked its maximum temperature at only 66°C while it ran our benchmarks and games during testing.
The chief contributing factor to this (slightly) more aggressive power consumption would be due to the fact that this is also the only card that is powered by a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. This means that the card can draw upon slightly more power to serve gamers whenever they tweak the card for just that little more extra performance.
The specifications of the card are pretty much the same across the board for all GeForce GTX 950 cards: you get 2GB of RAM, and a boost clock speed of 1,409MHz and a memory clock speed of 1,750MHz. For ports, the card has three DisplayPorts, one HDMI 1.4 port, and one DVI port.
At this point, we think it’s safe to say that between all three cards, the GTX 950 XTREME Gaming was by far the most overclockable card of the lot. Throughout our benchmarks, we managed to push the card’s GPU core and memory clock speed up to 1,493MHz and 2,025MHz, respectively.
The card has more DisplayPorts than it can actually handle.
The GeForce GTX 950 XTREME Gaming is the most powerful and power hungry of the three cards.