Nvidia GTX 950 Round-Up Review: Three Cards Go Head to Head

Introduction


With all of the hype surrounding the GTX 900 series recently, it has been hard to imagine what the lower end of the graphics card market would hold for the refined Maxwell architecture. We originally saw Maxwell in the mighty GTX 750Ti, but it was only when the GTX 900 series was released that we received the Maxwell that we know today. Our reviews and news have focused heavily on the GTX 980Ti and Titan X graphics cards, so information on the GTX 950 has been scarce to say the least; that is about to change. In today’s review, there is not one, not two but three GTX 950’s in for punishment; the ASUS STRIX GTX 950 2GB, Inno3D iChill AIRBOSS ULTRA GTX 950 2GB and the MSI GAMING GTX 950 2GB.

The GTX 950 is hot off the manufacturing line and features some lack-luster, but pokey specifications; knowing NVIDIA, less is more and we should see a stormer of a graphics card here regardless. Most of the options will feature 2GB of VRAM due to the product placement, but we will see some 4GB models which should make for a very capable SLI configuration for not a great deal of money. So with a price tag of around £120 depending on the manufacturer, performance isn’t going to be outstanding compared to the bigger options. However, the estimated performance and price tag makes this an extremely attractive option for 1080p and online gamers. Personally, I feel that this GTX 950 will be the final piece in the puzzle for NVIDIA; it will then have a great graphics option at almost every price point.

Now just because the GTX 950 is aimed at the lower price market, do not assume that you are not getting the full NVIDIA treatment. As with almost every NVIDIA GPU you will get the following:

  • NVIDIA Surround
  • NVIDIA SLI
  • GPU Boost 2.0
  • NVIDIA G-Sync
  • DX12 Support

The GM206 GPU core makes its second appearance here since the GTX 960 options; however, it seems to have had a shave to bring the performance down. Would this be enough or will we see another Titan X and GTX 980Ti scenario here, let’s find out shall we.

Inno3D iChill X3 Ultra GeForce GTX 980Ti Graphics Card Review

Introduction and Packaging


The GTX 980Ti, the card that has taken the world by storm, is finally to have manufacturers install their own custom cooling solutions. Since the launch of the GTX 980Ti, it has been adored the world over by enthusiasts of both AMD and NVIDIA. Based on a cut-down version of the GM200 GPU found in the Titan X, the GTX 980Ti seemed like it would lag behind the Titan X by around 10%, however, that never was the case. This graphics card pretty much dethroned the Titan X overnight thanks to the sub-vendors ability to customise the cooling designs and huge price difference.

Today in the test bench is the Inno3D iChill x3 Ultra GTX 980Ti. This card is an absolute monster, measuring 300mm long and 3 slots wide; it’s not for the small case. We know that the GTX 980Ti is a great card, but Inno3D has taken the reference PCB to a whole new level with upgraded components. Fitted to this card is the renowned iChill Ultra x3 Airboss cooling design, which is completely modular and covered by warranty to take apart and clean; assuming you don’t take off the heat sink.

We already know that the GTX 980Ti has outstanding performance, but let’s see if Inno3D has added to the performance in today’s review.


The outer box is very plain, with minimal branding. On the right side is what you can find inside the box.

The rear of the box is very generic, multiple languages stating the features.

The inner box is of strong construction with just the iChill logo on top and Inno3D logo on the base.

Accessories include 1x 3Dmark licence, 1x mouse mat, 1x Molex to 6-pin adapter, 1x VGA to DVI connector, 1x iChill case badge, 1x power supply guideline leaflet, 1x quick installation manual and 1x driver disc.

Inno3D Announces iChill GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970

Inno3D announced their new iChill Black Series Accelero Hybrid S graphics cards with a hybrid air and liquid cooling based on the GTX 980 and GTX 970. The all-in-one solution has a 200% the cooling performance of the stock cooler while operating 9 times quieter.

The liquid cooler takes care of the GPU and comes with a 120mm fan for the radiator while an active fan cools the RAM and VRM on the card itself. Hassle free liquid cooling for your graphics cards, something more and more people are looking for. Inno3d’s new cards also come with an aesthetic black back-plate and also support multi-SLI setups with its two headers.

iChill Black GeForce GTX 980 Specs:

  • CUDA cores: 2048
  • Base Clock (MHz): 1304
  • Boost Clock (MHz): 1418
  • Memory Clock (MHz): 7280
  • Memory Size (MB): 4096
  • Memory Type: GDDR5
  • Memory Interface Width: 256-bit

iChill Black GeForce GTX 970 Specs:

  • CUDA cores: 1664
  • Base Clock (MHz): 1228
  • Boost Clock (MHz): 1329
  • Memory Clock (MHz): 7280
  • Memory Size (MB): 4096
  • Memory Type: GDDR5
  • Memory Interface Width: 256-bit

Thanks to Inno3d for providing us with this information

iChill GeForce GTX 970, GTX 980 ACCELERO HYBRID S GPUs Teased From Inno3D

It looks like Inno3D is about to return with its Inno3D iChill series, a duo of graphics cards based around NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 GPUs. The new cards will feature the Accelero Hybrid S cooling system.

This makes the upcoming iChill GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 cards like the stock AMD Radeon R9 295X2, where it comes with its own AOI cooling system. The Inno3D iChill Hybrid S cards will reportedly offer up to 200% the cooling performance over reference models, which are already pretty tame cards. The company isn’t providing any more details on its new cards, but they will be available next month.

For a closer look at what we can expect, the above shot is of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX TITAN GPU, with the Accelero Hybrid cooler attached.

Source: VideoCardz.com

Inno3D Teasing New Nvidia GTX 980

There’s just over a week to go until Nvidia officially release their new flagship GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards, and manufacturers have begun teasing their new creations prior to the launch to build up some hype about their new hardware.

Inno3D posted an image on their Facebook page (see above) teasing their new card. We know that it’s the GTX 980 as it says “10” over the card and was posted just ten days before the GTX 780 launch, doesn’t take a scientist to work that one out.

In the picture you can see a black card with red trim and based on previous leaks and rumours we also suspect that this card will feature a triple slot cooler design, which will put the card into the iChill Ice Dragon series. The card will also feature two six-pin PCI-Express power connectors and will no doubt be heavily factory overclocked to justify the need for a triple slot cooler.

Expect eTeknix to have a variety of GTX 900 series cards for review when launch day arrives, so be sure to check back then.

Inno3D Introduce GeForce GTX 780Ti iChill DHS 3072MB Graphics Card

Equipped with all new voltage management, including 3 rail PWMs with load balancing, the GTX 780Ti iChill DHS can deliver an insane core overclock of over 1300MHz. Backed up by 3GB of VRAM and a 384-bit interface means that even the latest DX11 gaming are delivered to your monitor in their full cinematic glory. Out performing the GTX Titan Black without breaking a sweat, the GTX 780Ti iChill DHS is a true powerhouse of a graphics card.

The DHS-Edition with its bombastic Triple-Fan-Cooler “Herculez X3 Ultra” is a true High-End-Device that not even the GTX Titan Black can beat. The abbreviation DHS (Double Hand Selected) in this case makes clear that already pre-selected Chips for the Graphics Card have been hand picked yet another time. There is no way of getting more quality and performance. Recommended only for Extreme Gamers! Exclusively available at Overclockers UK.

NVIDIA’s latest Geforce 780Ti takes the fight right to the competition in the battle for current worlds fastest single GPU. Packing a fully enabled GK110 GPU with a whopping 2880 cuda cores this card has huge amounts of processing power to enable it to power through any game. Infact the 780 Ti is so impressive, it’s not just cheaper than TITAN, it beats it in performance and takes the crown as the Best Gaming GPU on the Planet.

NVIDIA are supporting the overclocking community even further with an advanced three rail PWM with load balancing, whereas older GTX 780 and Titan pulled all their power through three rails, they did not load balance. 780Ti’s new PWM means it can source power from three sources and load balance resulting in the same amount of power from each rail, allowing for more superior overclocks and stability. Here at Overclockers UK we tested this and where we found Titans would top out at 1100-1150MHz core, whereas the 780Ti was able to hit 1200-1300Mhz core over and over again, proving this new PWM not only offers efficiency and stability, but also great overclocking ability. When overclocked this cards performance can be increased by upto a further 30%, making it a truly unstoppable force.

The card is exclusively available at Overclockers UK for £619.99.

Inno3D Reveal Their GTX 780 Ti Ice Dragon Black Gold Edition

According to a report from Expertview.com, Inno3D is working on a very impressive custom designed Geforce GTX 780 Ti graphics card, the GTX 780 Ti iChill Black Edition. As expected, the Inno3D GTX 780 Ti iChill Black Edition features a custom design as well as Arctic’s Accelero Hybrid water cooling setup.

Although the new Inno3D GTX 780 Ti iChill Black Edition specifications are yet to be finalized, according to Expreview.com, Inno3D is aiming at 1060MHz for the GPU and 7280MHz for 3GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 384-bit memory interface. Unfortunately, it is still not clear if the aforementioned GPU clock is the Base clock or the GPU Boost clock.

Currently, the Inno3D GTX 780 iChill Black Edition is scheduled to come after Chinese New Year on 31st of January, so it is safe to say that we will see it on retail/e-tail shelves in February next year.

Thank you Fudzilla for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Expertview.com