As always the synthetic benchmarks are nice, but they don’t really show us how cards will perform in game and that’s what is really important. Because of that I ran through nine different modern games testing all but one at both 1080p and 1440p to get a better idea of the performance you should expect from the MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G. To help make it easier to take all of the information in because nine different graphs with this many results is a little crazy I have split the results up into three categories. We have over 60 FPS and above as near perfect gameplay, over 30 FPS as playable but not perfect, and then under 30 as unplayable. From there I split things up between the two resolutions as well. So how will the 950 Gaming 2G perform? Well at 1080p none of the games came in as unplayable. Five of the 8 games weren’t perfect and fell into the 30-60 FPS range and then three were above 60. Basically everything is playable at this resolution but for a lot of games you will need to turn the settings down away from the ultra/max settings that we test at. At 1440p the results were a polar opposite with only three games being payable and the other 6 unplayable. This isn’t a big shocker, with 2GBs of memory and a 128 bit memory interface the 950 struggles with the higher resolution just like the GTX 960 did as well.
How does this compare to the competition? Well the Asus 950 does out perform the MSI in some of the games we test in due to its higher clock speed. That said I was surprised at how many games the clock speed didn’t make a difference as well. Not only that but if you were to compare our playability charts between the two cards they are exactly the same. Now comparing them to the R7 370 is a little different. Even the faster R7 370 had two games unplayable at our settings are 1080p and just one at 60 or above. In other words in the real world you will see a performance difference between the R7 370 and the GTX 950 but the difference between the Asus and MSI as far as overclocks didn’t translate to anything big in game.