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ASUS, MSI, EVGA GTX 950 Review

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ASUS, MSI, EVGA GTX 950 Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 
 

 

When you look at the thermal results of this trio of GTX 950 cards from ASUS, MSI, and EVGA, there's one thing that at first glance looks so very wrong. The higher idle temperatures don't seem to be accurate, but when you look at the fact that the fans power completely down when the card is in a 2D idle state, you get a slightly higher result that is well within the thermal boundaries of the silicon with the added benefit of an absolutely dead silent sound profile. Under load, the EVGA GTX 950 SSC has the highest temperature with its as delivered fan profile, while MSI's Twin Frozr V cooler delivers the lowest temperature in the stock testing. When overclocked, the EVGA and MSI cards offer an overall lower operating threshold when the fan speeds are pushed up to 100% thanks to the large 8mm heat pipes and larger fin array. The ASUS GTX 950 Strix fell a little behind here, but it does have an overall smaller cooling solution.

The noise profile from each card is as you might expect silent when packed in a case and run at stock speeds. Bumping the fan speed makes them barely audible on all three counts. Each cooling solution proves its worth to the consumer.




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