Mar 16, 2016 Written by: MasterC

ASUS Announces Echelon GTX 950 Limited Edition

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When overkill is the minimum requirement, this could also fit that description depending on your game or genre. When you want premium military-grade components, DirectCU II cooling, fortifying backplate and AUTO-EXTREME technology, but to summon beasts such as an ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti for some games is like squishing a fly with an elephant (overkill of this magnitude is still quite satisfying to say the least). Now you can get those features and technologies on the new ASUS Echelon GTX 950 Limited Edition

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Enthusiasts who value aesthetics as much as performance will find the Echelon GTX 950 to have the attention it deserves in this respect, and it will look great in various types of builds with the arctic camouflage design color scheme and metal backplate. As for performance, this is powered by an NVIDIA GTX 950 clocked at 1140MHz (base clock) / 1329MHz (boost  clock) which translates to about 10% more performance compared to reference, with plenty of headroom considering the amount of cooling this has. Echelon GTX 950 has been outfitted with DirectCU II with dual-ball-bearing fans for four times the lifespan, flattened copper heatpipes which make direct contact with the GPU to double the heat-dissipation area, the result is a card that is 20% cooler and three times quieter. Premium military-grade TUF components provide better heat dissipation, and in turn better overclockability and longevity. The premium components are also necessary for the new manufacturing process called Auto-Extreme technology, this involves an industry-first 100% automated production process.  The advantage is that the quality of each card is consistently better (especially for overclocking), the process is environmentally friendly as harsh chemicals are no longer necessary and power consumption is cut in half, even all of the pins on the back of the PCBs are removed so it's perfectly smooth.

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Echelon GTX 950 will be available at the end of March,2016 in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. If this is something you crave but don't live in these regions, you can post a message on the ROG Facebook wall and tell us!

 

Hit the PR button below for full specs!

Press Release

ASUS Announces Echelon GTX 950

Limited-edition gaming graphics card with stunning arctic camouflage coloring

and military-grade quality and reliability

 

KEY POINTS

  • Ultimate cooling and longevity: DirectCU II with dual-ball-bearing fan for 20% cooler performance and a 4X-longer lifespan
  • Military-grade quality and reliability: ASUS-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology, TUF Components and rigorous, server-level testing
  • Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for easy tweaking and streaming

 

Taipei, Taiwan (16th March, 2015) — ASUS today announced Echelon GTX 950, a limited-edition gaming graphics card with unstoppable performance, military-grade quality and reliability, and stunning arctic camouflage coloring on both the card and backplate. Powered by the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 950 graphics processing unit (GPU) — clocked at 1329MHz — Echelon GTX 950 delivers up to 10% faster performance than reference cards in the 3DMark 11 (Extreme) benchmark.

Echelon GTX 950 features ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology and a dual-ball-bearing fan for 20% cooler performance and a 4X-longer lifespan than reference cards. Industry-first Auto-Extreme fully automated production technology, TUF Components, and rigorous server-level testing ensure premium quality and military-grade reliability for tough, dependable service.

Echelon GTX 950 comes with GPU Tweak II, an intuitive yet powerful overclocking tool designed to let users get maximum performance out of their graphics card. It also comes with a 14-day XSplit Gamecaster premium license, so gamers can easily stream or record their gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.

 

Ultimate cooling and longevity: DirectCU II with dual-ball-bearing fan

Echelon GTX 950 is equipped with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology, which features flattened copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU and have double the heat-dissipation area for 20% cooler and 3X-quieter performance. A dual-ball-bearing fan design eliminates the problem of oil drying that is common in sleeve-bearing fans, resulting in a 4X-longer fan lifespan. Additionally, the reduced friction of ball bearings allows the fan to run smoother, further improving card lifespan and cooling efficiency.

 

Military-grade quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with TUF Components

Echelon GTX 950 is produced using ASUS-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-first, 100% automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality. Auto‑Extreme technology ensures consistent graphics card quality as well as improved performance and longevity. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Echelon GTX 950 also incorporates military-grade TUF components to ensure incredible durability and high reliability. TUF capacitors last 2.5X longer than standard capacitors, strong alloy chokes manufactured using high-grade materials provide 13.6% better heat dissipation and unbeatable durability.

In addition to being built with military-grade components, Echelon GTX 950 is subjected to extreme environment measurements, thermal-shock testing, and punishing burn-in tests with temperatures of up to 55°C for 48 hours at humidity levels as high as 90%. Echelon GTX 950 is also tested with over 1000 devices and goes through more than 7000 hours of strict validation. With so many whole-build server-grade stability tests, Echelon GTX 950 can be trusted to operate reliably in all conditions.

 

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for easy tweaking and streaming

Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier and more visual than ever, while still retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 14-day XSplit Gamecaster premium license lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS Echelon GTX 950 will be available from the end of March,2016 in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

SPECIFICATIONS[1]

ASUS Echelon GTX 950

(ECHELON-GTX950-O2G)

Graphics engine

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950

Bus standard

PCI Express® 3.0

OpenGL

OpenGL® 4.5

Video memory

2GB GDDR5

GPU boost clock

OC Mode: 1355MHz

Gaming Mode: 1329MHz

GPU base clock

OC Mode: 1165MHz

Gaming Mode: 1140MHz

CUDA cores

768

Memory clock

6610MHz

Memory interface

128-bit

Digital max resolution

4096 X 2160

DVI output

1 x Native DVI-I

1 x Native DVI-D

HDMI output

1 x Native HDMI 2.0

HDCP compliant

Yes

DisplayPort

1 x Native DisplayPort 1.2

Software bundled

ASUS GPU Tweak II & Driver

Dimensions

22 x 12.5 x 3.9cm (8.7 x 4.9 x 1.5 in.)

Notes

  • For the best cooling performance, ASUS ECHELON-GTX950-O2G extends the fansink to 2 slots. Please double-check your chassis and motherboard dimension prior to purchase to make sure it fits in your system!
  • Note that the actual boost clock will vary depending on actual system conditions. For more information, please visit http://www.geforce.com/
  • Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • PCB color and bundled software versions are subject to change without notice.

 

 

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About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.

[1] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

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