The EVGA GeForce GTX 950 SSC ($169 as tested) is a more powerful and larger alternative to the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, providing a big performance boost at a good price. It’s a pretty power-hungry graphics card, and won’t fit in smaller cases, but the increase in performance make it an appealing, affordable option.
At 10.1 inches, the card is not well-suited to compact cases as it takes up two slots. Additionally, the GTX 950 SSC has an external connector and high power demands that are too much for standard low-wattage power supplies, making it even less ideal for a smaller system. Though some units have a six-pin connector, this unit uses an eight-pin connector for overclocking. Included are a DVI port, three full-size DisplayPorts, and an HDMI 2.0 connector.
The Maxwell-based card features essentially the same GM206 chip as the GTX 960, so there isn’t much new inside. There’s a 25 percent reduction in CUDA cores, and two fewer Streaming Multiprocessors, but that didn’t end up equating to a big loss in performance. The stock GTX 950 has a lower base clock than the GTX 960, but that of the overclocked 950 SSC is actually higher at 1,190MHz.
As with most recent Maxwell cards, Nvidia has included several gaming features, such as Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) and MFAA. This card is in particular being pushed for MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) titles, a genre of games that include the massively popular Dota 2 and League of Legends. Nvidia’s GeForce Experience software also includes one-click optimization for MOBA titles to reach ideal refresh rates, frame rates, latency, and image quality. Visually and technically, these games are not as demanding as titles with big, open 3D worlds (though consistently smooth frame rates are a must), so this card is able to play them at the highest settings on 1080p.
This was supported in the benchmark tests, offering real-world improvements of up to 50 percent over the old card on 1080p. It also bested AMD’s Radeon R7 370 in all but one test. The main consideration is that the GTX 960, which does offer better performance, is only about $20 more than the GTX 950 SSC, and $30 more than the stock model. As such, if you’re only going to play MOBA titles, you don’t need any extra performance, but if you’d like to have more power for a wider range of games, going for a GTX 960 might make more sense.
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