( 4.6 Average / 8 Ratings )
GPU: This was a fun story. Originally, I had no intentions of picking up a GPU. Then I did some research and realized I could snag a 750 Ti and get some nice shaders and lighting. Discovered /r/buildapcsales and have become a daily lurker. Jet.com had a sale on the Nvidia GTX 950 SC+ for $117 after the first-time 30% off rebate. 2 day shipping. Wow. I was about to buy an EVGA GTX 750 Ti ACX the day before for $160. So I order the GPU being excited for the deal. The card shows up the next night from Brooklyn. I open the box and am amazed. There was an EVGA GTX 950 FTW Edition instead of the 950 SC+. A slight upgrade, but it made the story of purchasing this GPU all the better. I run SC2 at Ultra 1080p 60 FPS (monitor vertical sync refresh rate is maxed at 60 FPS) and it never gets above 60 degrees C even after playing for like 5 hours. If I play on Low the card doesn't go above ~45 degrees C.
Since having this card for a few months, I have noticed some strange issues when playing StarCraft II and Heroes of the Storm. I appear to be having an alt + tab bug within Windows 10 (short freezing on black screen or gfx api crash error). I didn't have this issue in W8 as far as I could remember, and this issue only started recently showing up post New Years-ish time frame. Not sure if it's a bug with the driver or with W10 or a Blizzard update, but I have since disabled the alt + tab feature in game and have to deal with it. I have worked many other things with Blizzard tech support. If anyone has tips please let me know.
Awesome GPU easy to install, looks good, runs great
This is a powerful piece of hardware. We were able to get this over the 750 Ti with the extra money in our budget. This card has been able to run most games on medium to high settings. We have even been able to run GTA on high with smooth gameplay (40+ fps).
I got this used (very lightly, almost new condition). It has everything I could have asked for. Some people on this website care very deeply that they need to play a game on a monitor that costs more than my build and a speed faster than the eye can see. Needless to say, I don't care.
I've been playing Blizzard games - this can run Overwatch on Ultra at 100+fps - it gets plenty hot though at that temperature and I don't have sufficient cooling. I've reduced my settings to high at 70fps and it stays at a warm temperature. I'm not the best person to ask about specs for graphics cards but I do know when games look good and this card makes games look good.
GeForce GTX 950 is the benchmark for great cheap and reliable gaming! At $150 with an extra 200 MHz out of the box you cant go wrong!!
I haven't had any issues with this card. For what I use it for, it is perfectly fine. And it has a backplate. Can't beat that. The only gripe I have, is that the power connection is in an awkward place. So running the cable looks extra weird. Other than that though, it works well for my purposes.
I claim allegiance to neither Team Red nor Team green, but cards like this are part of the reason Nvidia maintains market share over AMD. It's just so... nice. I like: fan stop at idle, DVI-I, attractive and solid construction, good performance for the price point (while it was current, of course), cool backplate. Dislike: length, FTW price premium and questionably-functional backplate.
These graphics cards are what I expected and I trust EVGA's products and quality. I have a FTW which has a back-plate and a SSC which doesn't have a back plate.