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MSI GTX 950 OCV1 Review (swap from HD3850) – After 6 Months Of Using It With Old AMD Phenom 9950BE From 2008

In 2016 summer I upgrade the old gaming PC from 2008 for newest games. Yes, it’s from 2008! It was great gaming machine in that time. It can run almost all games from 2008 to 2011 even graphics card wasn’t the best. Graphic card was biggest this PC drawback, because it can easily handle better GPU. Processor was AMD Phenom 9950BE. That was from first AMD phenom series. Sounds so old? It is. In 2008 it was really expensive, but cheaper than concurrent Intel Q6600. In that time quad core was not really needed. Only couple of games was using more than two cores.

Upgrade with┬áMSI GeForce GTX 950 was really good choice. Today better upgrade to GTX 1050, but half year ago GTX 1050 doesn’t eve exist. Geforce GTX 1050 is newer but almost the same performance as GTX 950. If you find GTX 950 for reasonable price it serve you well. AMD Radeon RX 460 can be great choice as well especially for old systems. RX 460 is slower than GTX 950 but I think I can’t utilize full GPU potential with Phenom 9950BE. Games run with lower framerates and setting than YouTube videos I seen

This is MSI GeForce 950 GTX OCV1:

The old 3D Club Radeon HD3850:

My GTA5 settings:

fxaa on
msaa 2x
nvidia txaa off
vsync off

POPULATION DENSITY LOWEST
POPULATION VARIETY LOWEST
DISTANCE SCALING HIGHEST
TEXTURE QUALITY HIGH
REF;ECTION MSAA OFF
FRASS QUALITY NORMAL
SOFT SHADOWS: SOFTEST
post fx: HIGH

MOTION BLUR STRENGHT: MEDIUM
IN-GAME DEPTH OF FOIELDS: off (CAN’T TURN ON)
SHADER, SHADOW, REFLECTION, WATER, PARTICLES QUALITY: VERY HIGH
AMBIENT ONCLUSSION: HIGH (THERE ARE NOT VERY HIGH)

DIRECT X 11
1650 X 1050, 60HZ

2034 mb used
after there is stuttering every 5 – 15 secs and average framerate drops 20 -30 fps and its not enjoyable anymore but still playable
heavy fight scenes with cops drops to 34 fps average and there are some dips below 30 fps when many explosions happening, but it’s onlo for 1 second and not bothering anything. Its not when cops not folowing

advanced graphics: OFF (LOWEST)

average: 43
33 to 49
min 22
max 75
room to is 20 0c

cpu around 100 never go below 80 all 4 cores
gpu 80 to 93
fans speed gpu 52%
gpu 58 to 61 oc
cpu around 39 to 43 oc

gpu memory 1300 to 2000 mb
ram 4900 to 5700 mb
pagefile around 7000 – 7900
ssd
pause:
49 oc gpu
cpu same but 50 to 70 %

During explosions I have some fps drops but that is normal also for more powerful systems.

Update:

If you want to get GTX950, get GTX1050 instead (it’s newer model and little bit better)!

 

I recently found out that I like to grass quality set to HIGH and little bit lower some other settings.

For maximum GTA5 performance get at least GTX 1050ti 4GB.

 

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