MSI releases a pair of power-sipping GeForce GTX 950s

MSI appears to be hopping on the power-sipping GeForce GTX 950 train. The company revealed two takes on a 75-watt board power GTX 950 today: the GTX 950 2GD5T OCV2 and the GTX 950 2GD5T OCV3. The OCV2 uses a single-fan cooler, while the OCV3 uses a longer board and a second fan. Both cards are clocked at 1076MHz base and 1253MHz boost speeds, and they come with 2GB of RAM.

These cards follow in the footsteps of Asus' dual-fan and single-fan takes on low-power GTX 950s. Nvidia remains mum about whether the GPU in these cards is a new chip or binned silicon, and its board partners aren't telling us anything, either. A sharp-eyed TR reader did notice that MSI refers to the GM206 GPU in these cards as a "GM206-251" chip. The original GeForce GTX 950 used a "GM206-250-A1" chip, according to TechPowerUp's graphics card database. That might point to a respin or new silicon of some kind, but we're still waiting on an official statement from Nvidia.

In any case, the modest power requirements of these cards could mean saving a few bucks on the power supply for frugal gamers. The cards might also help gamers who want better-than-console-class experiences in prebuilt systems or an HTPC.

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    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    For an article that talks about low-power cards, I’m surprised there’s no mention of whether or not these cards require aux power.

      • torquer
      • 4 years ago

      A good point. Not everyone knows that 75W is the amount delivered by the PCI-E slot, and there have been plenty of cards that had the 6 pin even if it wasn’t technically needed for stock speeds. Given that this is probably its best selling point, it should be mentioned.

    • Dysthymia
    • 4 years ago

    How do these 950s with no power connector compare to 750 Ti’s with no power connector?

      • Shobai
      • 4 years ago

      They’ll be more expensive when available, and also the GTX 750s are available now.

      • torquer
      • 4 years ago

      Assuming they perform similarly to a 950, they’ll be a fair bit faster. Plenty of benchmarks around

    • PFarkas
    • 4 years ago

    Video cards that can’t decode VP9 in hardware aren’t a good choice for HTPC applications.

      • Freon
      • 4 years ago

      [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VP9#Hardware_Encoding.2FDecoding_Support[/url<] ???

        • torquer
        • 4 years ago

        Phew! Thank god my AllWinner A80 makes the cut

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      Because there is a ton of VP9 media out there right?

      Oh wait, that’s h264/h265….

        • PFarkas
        • 4 years ago

        [Quote]MAR 1609:43 PM+-+8
        xBecause there is a ton of VP9 media out there right?

        Oh wait, that’s h264/h265….[/quote]
        Not precisely.

        A whole lot of YouTube 1080p content is VP9.

        [url<]http://bfy.tw/4oMH[/url<]

          • Deanjo
          • 4 years ago

          Which is all available in h264 as well.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    I wonder if low-profile versions of these cards are coming next. There are a couple of GTX 750Ti cards that can fit into those thinner cases, but those are pretty old at this point.

    • Firestarter
    • 4 years ago

    if they can get by with a single fan, wouldn’t a low profile dual slot card be an option? I bet that would fit in many a cheap desktop and pair up nicely with the i3 processors in them

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 years ago

      aye. Low profile shouldn’t be hard – given that there’s only 2GB of RAM they could move half the DDR5 to the other side of the PCB instead – it’s not actively cooled in most GTX950 cards anyway….

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 4 years ago

      I would love that to build a Steam box.

    • south side sammy
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve been waiting for single slot “performers” for a long time. I think somebody is afraid they won’t sell because most consumers see “big” as “powerful” without knowing the difference.

    • torquer
    • 4 years ago

    Make it single slot or passive and this would be a nice HTPC card or an upgrade for an OEM computer with a crap PSU.

      • biffzinker
      • 4 years ago

      +1, done

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