According to the latest reports, Nvidia is preparing to launch the lower-tier GeForce GTX 950 in just under a month’s time, on August 17th. At the moment the lowest-end 900-series GeForce graphics card you can pick up is the $200 GTX 960, but this is all set to change.
The last entry-tier graphics cards we saw from Nvidia were the GeForce GTX 750 and the GTX 750 Ti, early last year. The latter card was the first from Nvidia to built on the Maxwell architecture, and it proved a compelling purchase when comparing price to performance. The GeForce GTX 950 will be an evolution of this; second-generation Maxwell based on the GM206 core architecture.
Information out so far indicates the GTX 950 GPU will have 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs and 32 ROPs. It’ll once more be manufactured on the 28nm process, with a core clock of ~1200MHz and a boost clock of ~1400MHz. Unlike the 750 Ti it will require an 8-pin power connector, owing to its increased 90W power draw. Alongside this it will come with 2GB GDDR5 memory, clocked at 6.7GHz on a 128-bit memory bus. This gives it a total peak memory bandwidth of 107.68GB/s, up from 86.4GB/s on the 750 Ti.
Current pricing estimates put the GeForce GTX 950 at around $150, which could make it quite a deal. AMD’s found success at the lower-end in recent months with its Radeon R7 360 and R7 370 graphics card, but depending on performance the GTX 950 could become a viable choice. Based on specs alone, this card could be a worthwhile and cost-effective upgrade for GTX 650 or GTX 750 users.
The release of this card means there really isn't much wiggle room to introduce a GTX 950 Ti bridging the gap with the 960. It'll probably still be coming, no doubt, but for the extra few notes the 960 ends up looking the sensible choice.
Are you looking to get hold of a GeForce GTX 950? Or are you going to wait and see what the graphics card manufacturers have planned next?