Nvidia releases Maxwell for the great unwashed

maxwells-hammerGraphics card maker Nvidia has released a second generation Maxwell card which has the novelty that it is affordable.

The catchy titled Geforce GTX 950 will hit the shops with a US $159.99 price tag. It is meant to replace the GTX 750 Ti graphics card which is well past its sell by date.

The Geforce GTX 950 is based on the same second generation Maxwell GPU as the Geforce GTX 960 but its GM206 GPU has been cut-down to 6 SMMs, for a total of 768 CUDA cores, 48 Texture Units and 32 ROPs.

The GM206 on the GTX 950 is paired with 2GB of GDDR5 memory running on a 128-bit memory interface.

The reference clocks provided by Nvidia, are set at 1024MHz for the GPU base and 1188MHz for the GPU Boost clocks while memory is clocked at 6.6GHz.

The new Geforce GTX 950 is mostly meant for MOBA gaming. Nvidia markets the Geforce GTX 950 as the card that can provide 60FPS gaming and can be be super responsive with low latency and provide DirectX 12 and MFAA support in MOBA gaming.

The Geforce GTX 950 can run plenty of games at 1080p resolution, including the Witcher 3 : Wild hunt, GTA V, Battlefield: Hardline, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and FarCry 4.

The Geforce GTX 950 has a higher 90W TDP, compared to 60W on the GTX 750 Ti and it needs a single 6-pin PCI-Express power connector to work.  This is a pain as the older card could be used just by plugging into the motherboard.