GIGABYTE has quietly added a low-power GeForce GTX 950 video card to its lineup. The product does not require auxiliary PCIe power connector and can be powered entirely by a PCIe x16 slot. Low-power graphics cards featuring the GM206 graphics chip were released by multiple manufacturers recently, GIGABYTE’s board will compete against similar products by three other makers.

The GIGABYTE GV-N950D5-2GD graphics card is based on the GeForce GTX 950 GPU in default configuration (768 stream processors, 48 texture units, 32 ROPs, 128-bit GDDR5 memory interface), but does not require external power, unlike Nvidia’s reference design of the product. Power consumption of the GV-N950D5-2GD does not exceed 75 W, which is why it can be powered by the PCIe x16 slot. Due to reduced power consumption, the new graphics card from GIGABYTE does not feature significant factory-overclocking, it comes with GPU frequencies of 1051/1228 MHz (base/boost) and thus offers performance close to that of Nvidia’s reference card.

The board is equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, two DVI connectors, one HDMI 2.0 port and one DisplayPort output. The product uses a rather simplistic dual-slot cooling system with one fan, which should be sufficient given low-power nature of the device. In a bid to ensure long lifespan of the product, GIGABYTE uses high-quality components, such as solid-state inductors and capacitors, to build the GV-N950D5-2GD.

GIGABYTE added its low-power GV-N950D5-2GD graphics card to its lineup after ASUS, EVGA and MSI quietly introduced their GeForce GTX 950-based products with 75 W power consumption that do not require auxiliary six-pin PCIe power connectors. Such adapters can be used to upgrade inexpensive PCs that do not have an extra power connector inside, or to build low-power gaming or HTPC systems. Since the GM206 GPU is still the only GPU on the market that supports hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of H.265 (HEVC) video, as well as HDCP 2.2 content protection over HDMI 2.0 (which is required for Ultra HD Blu-ray playback), those who build modern HTPCs, do not have a lot of choice.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Graphics Cards Specification Comparison
  GIGABYTE
GTX 950
EVGA GTX 950 EVGA GTX 950 MSI
GTX 950
ASUS
GTX 950
Ref
Product Name GV-N950D5-
2GD
02G-P4-
0954
02G-P5-258 2GD5 OCV2 GTX950-2G -
CUDA Cores 768
Texture Units 48
ROPs 32
Core Clock 1051
MHz
1025
MHz
1076
MHz
1076
MHz
1026
MHz
1024
MHz
Boost Clock 1228
MHz
1190
MHz
1253
MHz
1253
MHz
1190
MHz
1188
MHz
Memory Clock 6.6 Gbps
GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 128-bit
VRAM 2 GB
TDP 75 W 90 W
Outputs DVI-D
DVI-I
DP 1.2
HDMI 2.0
DVI-D
DVI-I
DP 1.2
HDMI 2.0
DVI-D
DVI-I
DP 1.2
HDMI 2.0
DVI-I
DisplayPort 1.2
HDMI 2.0
Architecture Maxwell 2
GPU GM206
Transistor Count 2.94 B
Manufacturing Process TSMC 28nm
Launch Date Apr '16 Mar '16 Aug '15
Launch Price unknown $159

With GIGABYTE’s addition of a GM206-251-based graphics board to its product family, low-power GeForce GTX 950 is now available from virtually all well-known suppliers of video cards. Pricing of GIGABYTE’s GV-N950D5-2GD video card is unknown, but GeForce GTX 950-based adapters are generally inexpensive.

Source: GIGABYTE

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  • Gigaplex - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - link

    And once again they miss the point for a lot of users wanting a low power GPU. Some of us have cases that only accept single slot cooler designs. Reply
  • Calista - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    I guess a far more common scenario is a case with enough room for a dual-slot cooler but only a low profile card. Like a ton of business desktops from HP/Dell/Acer etc. Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    Some care has to be exercised when feeding a 75W card to a PCI-E slot in a retail or business class desktop from one of the major retailers. I've seen a few Dell Optiplex desktops that list in their spec sheet that the PCI-E slot isn't rated to deliver the full 75W. I personally haven't tried an upgrade like this in an underspec expansion slot so I can't speak for how things would turn out, but its something that might be worth keeping in mind. Reply
  • stardude82 - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    This was cool the first two times. Wake me when a 25W GM2xx card is announced or when someone squeezes it down to a half-height card. Reply
  • Fergy - Saturday, April 16, 2016 - link

    I am looking for that too. Is the MSI N720-2GD5HLP the best choice right now? Reply
  • PulsartheSpacenerd - Sunday, April 17, 2016 - link

    There are actually two half height versions of the 750 Ti, the MSI N750ti-2GD5TLP and Gigabyte's 750 Ti Low Profile OC Edition. Reply
  • Meteor2 - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    Wish you'd test one. I'd especially like to know the performance of the hardware h265 encoding with Handbrake. Reply
  • defaultluser - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    call me back when I i can actually buy one. It's been a month since they were first announced. Just another press release product (no actual quantity) to distract people from Polaris 11. Reply

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