Thermals and Noise
The GTX 950 Strix OC is a factory overclocked card with bumped up GPU frequencies, yet thanks to the advanced cooler it is supposed to be cool and quiet.
Indeed the GTX 950 Strix OC fans were almost inaudible in 3D and this time we can confirm there is no coil whine. We expected to see good cooling performances since the used cooler has capability of up to 175W. The card has TDP of only 90W so it does not even need all that cooling for proper work.
The card is silent in idle and during media playback or light gaming. Namely the card turns its fans off when GPU temperature is below 60 degrees Celsius. The screenshot below shows this works in practice. Note how fan RPM reaches zero before the fans are stopped, but this is normal since the fans can not stop rotate immediately.