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.

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