Nvidia Corp. plans to release its next-generation affordable graphics adapter in mid-August, according to a media report. The solution will be powered by the GM206 graphics processing unit featuring second-generation “Maxwell” architecture and its performance will be around 25 per cent lower compared to that of the GeForce GTX 960.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 will use the GM206 graphics processing unit with 768 stream processors clocked at 1150MHz – 1250MHz, reports Hardware Battle web-site. The GPU will reportedly feature 128-bit memory interface. Graphics cards featuring GeForce GTX 950 GPU will be equipped with 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6600MHz – 6750MHz. Nvidia reportedly intends to formally roll-out the product on the 17th of August.
The web-site reports that graphics adapters powered by the GeForce GTX 950 will have thermal design power of 90W, but reference design of the board will feature an 8-pin PCI Express power connector. The inclusion of such connector may indicate that Nvidia wants GeForce GTX 950 to feature maximum overclockability. Partners of Nvidia will likely make GeForce GTX 950-based graphics cards with one 6-pin PCIe power connector to ensure compatibility with different PCs.
Maximum compute performance of Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 will be around 1.76TFLOPS, which is quite a lot. Nonetheless, do not expect performance breakthroughs from such graphics card unless it is heavily overclocked.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 950-based graphics adapters will have recommended price of around $150.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: In fact, overclockability could be the most important “feature” of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 950. If the graphics card can be safely overclocked by 30 – 40 per cent, then competing solutions will be in trouble.