Unboxing the ASUS STRIX GTX 950

DSCN0611A good-looking card like the GTX 950 needs to arrive in a box that emphasizes that it is special.  ASUS does this very well.  We see Direct CU II, 20% cooler and Silent Gaming are emphasized together with its overclockability.  The fan actually shuts down for light gaming.

DSCN0620The features are described on the back.  The ASUS GTX 950 OC recommended system requirements are on the end panels (not shown).  The PSU needs to be at least 350W and with a minimum rating of 24A on the 12V rail.  One supplementary PCIe 6-pin connector is required also.

ContentsAnd here is the ASUS GTX 950 unboxed with the Speed Setup which includes a Driver CD.  There is a STRIX decal also included. The bundle is barebones although there is a 15-day Premium Account for World of Warships and a 14-day Premium License for XSplit, which is for using the features of the ASUS Gamecaster in the GTX 950.  DSCN0636

Twin fans in black with red accents look great.  There is some hefty cooling for a small GPU under the fan shroud which allows the fans to go completely silent even during gaming if the temperatures are right .  It is a relatively short card that will may fit more easily into many HTPC cases where a larger competitor like the R9 270X with its two PCIe connectors cannot go.

Here is the other side.  There is no backplate as there is with the ASUS STRIX GTX 960 OC:DSCN0639

Another look at the heatpipes.DSCN0637

Only one 6-pin PCIe cable is required for operation.  The R9 370/270/270X require two 6-pin PCIe connectors.  Here are the connectors:

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The ASUS STRIX GTX 960 OC Direct CU II is a great looking card!

SLI 

The GTX 950 is set up for SLI with another GTX 950.

The specifications look extraordinary with solid improvements over the Kepler-based GTX 650 Ti, and even over the GTX 750 Ti.  Let’s check out performance after we look at our test configuration as well as overclocking on the next page.