New ASUS GeForce GTX 950 does without power connectors
Good news for HTPC users: the new ASUS GeForce GTX 950 drops the power connector. This shows that NVIDIA has managed to tweak the core to be even more efficient than before. Improving on the already efficient 90W TDP that the GTX 950 was launched with, the new GTX 950 will sport a lower TDP of only 75W, which is the maximum power delivered by the PCIe 3.0 x16 connector.
The core inside the ASUS GeForce GTX 950 is still the same GM206 core with 786 CUDA cores, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs. This is an NVIDIA reference design card with 2GB of GDDR5 @ 6.6GHz on a 128-bit memory bus. Basically nothing has changed aside from the fact that it now features a lower power consumption. What’s interesting is that while sporting lower TDP figures, the ASUS GeForce GTX 950 actually has a higher core clock (1051 MHz) compared to the 1024 MHz core clock on the reference GTX 950.
There really isn’t anything to shout about aside from the lower TDP ratings, as it is still based on the Maxwell architecture, built on the 28 nm TSMC manufacturing process. We are looking forward to the upcoming AMD Polaris and NVIDIA Pascal GPUs, which should both be revealed pretty soon, with Computex 2016 coming up.
Pokdepinion: This piece of news shows that NVIDIA can still tweak their GPUs to consume even less power. The GTX 980 was tweaked to fit into high-end gaming notebooks, so this should come as no surprise. However I do wonder why didn’t NVIDIA launch the GTX 950 with these TDP specifications from the beginning, as now maybe a little too late.