Asus shrinks its power-sipping GTX 950

Just a few days ago, Asus pulled back the curtain on its GeForce GTX 950-2G, a spin of the GTX 950 graphics card without an auxiliary PCIe power connector. That card already looked like a great choice for an HTPC, but Asus just went one step further. Meet the GeForce GTX 950 Mini.

As the name and pretty picture imply, Asus took some power tools and chopped a couple inches off the GTX 950-2G, although the company did a much better job than that other guy with his GTX 980 Ti.

The GTX 950 Mini is only 6.7" long (or 17cm), exactly the same length as a Mini-ITX motherboard. Despite the diminutive size, the GTX 950 Mini's GPU is still clocked at 1026 MHz base and 1190 MHz boost speeds. An "OC mode" is available, which pushes the card a little further to 1051 MHz base and 1228 MHz boost clocks.

Like its double-fanned brother, the GTX 950 Mini needs no external power input, and it packs 2GB of RAM clocked at 6610 MT/s. The selection of output ports is the same, too: one DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a DVI output.

This GTX 950 Mini looks close to ideal for tiny budget gaming PCs. It's not hard to imagine a toaster-sized mean gaming machine with this card in it.

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    • ermo
    • 4 years ago

    The GTX 950 supports decoding HEVC in hardware, right?

    My HTPC is currently rocking a E7500 OCed from 2.93GHz@266 MHz FSB to 3.66GHz@333MHz FSB and a Radeon HD6450 w/passive heatsink.

    It turns out that the CPU can actually decode h265/HEVC @1080p at those speeds under Kodi, with the HD 6450 UVD block only being able to decode up to h264/AVC with the Mesa OSS stack.

    I guess I can wait yet another cycle before upgrading, at which point HEVC will be the norm and I’ll likely own a 4K TV anyway.

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, I’d expect both Polaris and Pascal to massively improve what performance you can get in a fixed power envelope, so I’d be expecting some minimally or passively cooled cards to surpass this article’s 75W GTX950 before the end of the year.

    • Mr Bill
    • 4 years ago

    Sounds like we need a Mini graphics card round up!

    • NeelyCam
    • 4 years ago

    Fury Nano vs this? Review coming?

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      I’d like to see the review of the Furry Nano too, but the Nano would completely destroy one these things. At $500 (after price cut) it ought to.

    • Mr Bill
    • 4 years ago

    Hmm, not power sippers, but there exist [url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012NOWEY0<]6.8 inch EVGA GeForce GTX 960 04G-P4-1962-KR 4GB SC GAMING[/url<] and [url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RL2SLAG<]6.7 inch ASUS Graphics Cards GTX970-DCMOC-4GD5[/url<]

      • biffzinker
      • 4 years ago

      Your missing a card, HIS R7 360 Green iCooler OC, with TDP of 50W
      [quote=”Techpowerup”<]The R7 360 Green iCooler OC, comes with TDP of 50W, compared to AMD's own specs that rate it at 100W.The card relies on the PCIe bus entirely for its power, and uses high-grade VRM components that are more energy-efficient than the ones found on most R7 360 cards. HIS is also throwing in a tiny OC - 1070 MHz core (vs. 1050 MHz reference). [/quote<] [url=http://www.techpowerup.com/220761/his-announces-the-radeon-r7-360-green-icooler-oc.html<]TechPowerUp[/url<] Looks like it might only be for sale in Europe?

      • NovusBogus
      • 4 years ago

      I’ve some awfully close to buying both of those at different times. May get one yet if I get tired of waiting for Pascal.

        • jessterman21
        • 4 years ago

        My 960 is great – plenty cool and quiet with a custom fan curve, and no ugly sag.

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    Good for mITX cubes but so many HTPC users are looking for half-height. Quite often double-wide coolers are fine and long cards (at least as long as an mATX board is wide) are also fine

    Vertical clearance is always tight in traditional HTPC cases that are designed to fit the furniture that has always been designed for lower-profile things like VHS decks, surround receivers, Hi-fi seperates etc. Even my full-height HTPC case is extremely tight for vertical clearance and it’s a squeeze in even some of the more generous under-TV furniture.

      • morphine
      • 4 years ago

      Well, “GTX 950 performance” and “half-height” is a very tricky combination. I don’t think you’ll ever see that kind of thing until the next generation of graphics cards rolls around.

        • anotherengineer
        • 4 years ago

        If only there was an HBM version for those small space requirements 😉

          • Mr Bill
          • 4 years ago

          I see what you did there.

        • Shobai
        • 4 years ago

        I get what you’re saying, but you can get half height HD 7750s and half height GTX 750s, and these were released alongside [contemporaneously with?] their full height brethren – some of them are double slot designs, also.

        As an aside: if this Asus card can get away with 75W [or less] of input power, then it’ll struggle to generate more than 75W of waste heat [assuming no work gets done], right?

          • morphine
          • 4 years ago

          I guess so, but cooling the GPU is only one task. The power circuitry also needs heatsinks on it, despite the low wattage.

          I’m not saying it’s impossible to have a half-height version of this, I just don’t see it as very likely. Even if it does show up, it’ll likely have a massive heatsink.

            • Chrispy_
            • 4 years ago

            Yeah, I was thinking that a half-length/full-height mITX card like this has similar area to a full-length/half-height card. The heatsink would need to be something like 2.5″ x 9″ instead of 6″ x 5″ but if that’s enough cooling for a 970 or R9 380 it should be enough for a 75W chip without even needing noisy fans, a single 60mm job might even be enough given the low TDP.

            The issue might be that more board space is needed for longer traces if the layout is long and thin rather than squarer, but I’d imagine it could be done easy enough for a 950 since they can already make baby 970’s which require far more componentry and traces, meaning there should be area to spare for the 950 to go half-height. Perhaps some trickery to move half the GDDR5 to the back of the PCB and reduce the need for extra PCB height or something….

          • green
          • 4 years ago

          i’m assuming you’re referring to ones like this:

          [url<]http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.aspx?code=GCK-XNGTX75T2[/url<] pretty sure the 750 range has a much lower tdp compared to the 950 range (noting the linked product is 750ti which is a fair step above the 750) the reference design of the 750ti didn't even need a 6-pin connector in this case they've only [i<]just[/i<] managed to ween the 950 off a 6-pin i'm guessing if the 950 were to go half-height, the cooler would make it go triple slot

            • Shobai
            • 4 years ago

            Yep, that’s one of several – [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=94408<]this thread[/url<] in the forum does a great job of tracking half height, and half height single slot, designs. TDP concerns are really beside the point - consider: if it can't draw the power, it can't use/waste the power, right? Whether Asus' card can perform like you'd expect a GTX 950 to perform while only drawing 75W max is another question, and it's one I hope reviews will be able to investigate in the short term. As for the cooler for this hypothetical half height GTX 950, I doubt it'd need to be that big. My wife has a Sapphire half height HD 7750 in her computer, which has a single slot heatsink and runs at full fat HD 7750 clocks, and it works fine at keeping temps reasonable. The limiting factor in this class of card will always be cost, so while a relatively simple heatpipe based heatsink will easily cope with the heat generated, it'll always be cheaper to slap an aluminium extrusion on there and call it a day.

          • Anonymous Coward
          • 4 years ago

          If it caught on fire, it might generate a little more heat than it draws.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<] Asus took some power tools and chopped a couple inches off [/quote<] What a great idea. If Polaris takes any longer I'll try this diy mod on my 7950.

    • south side sammy
    • 4 years ago

    next week someone will come out with a single slot solution.

    • superjawes
    • 4 years ago

    But can it survive the drill press?

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      AND SO A MEME WAS BORN!

      • Mr Bill
      • 4 years ago

      Next thing you know we will see rigs with drilled boards for weight reduction and better cooling (backlit with LEDs!); like the do with disk brakes on mountain bikes and high end cars.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 4 years ago

        Sweet idea, I can see it now.

    • vargis14
    • 4 years ago

    Why can’t anyone make a decent single slot or low profile/single slot card anymore?

    Also the high end Cards that take up more than 2 slots are annoying and unnecessarily thick wasting a whole PCIE slot for maybe a few degrees C lower and possibly less noise but they are usually as loud as the regular 2 slot cards. I call them Obese video cards 🙂

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 4 years ago

      Then the gamers get a card like themselves. This sounds similar to taking up 2 seats on a flight.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 4 years ago

      Hopefully with hbm increasing thermal density around the die, we’ll see more integrated aio water coolers. Then they might be able to go for a single slot with the pump on the radiator or something.

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