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When you're shopping for an NVidia graphics card, pay attention to the numbers in its name The first number is a Series identifier -- usually also a clue to how new the tehnology is.  So a 950 card is a newer series than a 580 card.  The last two numbers are more important, though.  The higher they are, the more sohpisticated the card is, and the better the quality.  So a 580 card should be better than a 950 card for performance.  Balancing the two measures is tricky, which is why it's smart to look on the Internet for benchmark comparisons, as you have.  Here's another one, for example >>> http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-950-vs-Nvidia-GTX-580/3510vs3150  .  You'll see that the GTX 950 gets a slightly better evaluation in that comparison, just as it does in the one you gave a link to.  I suggest doing your own browsing to see what other comparisons say.  In the end, the best advice is usually to get the most powerful graphics card you can afford (and that your computer can handle), since you know that it's a matter of time before whatever you buy will be out of date. 

EDIT:  New vs. Used is hard to evaluate.  In this case, though, the price difference is not really very great.  I'd say that it's not worth trying to save a few dollars if the tradeoff is to get a less powerful card.  If they had been several hundred dollars apart in price, of course, I'd feel differently.

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When you're shopping for an NVidia graphics card, pay attention to the numbers in its name The first number is a Series identifier -- usually also a clue to how new the tehnology is.  So a 950 card is a newer series than a 580 card.  The last two numbers are more important, though.  The higher they are, the more sohpisticated the card is, and the better the quality.  So a 580 card should be better than a 950 card for performance.  Balancing the two measures is tricky, which is why it's smart to look on the Internet for benchmark comparisons, as you have.  Here's another one, for example >>> http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-950-vs-Nvidia-GTX-580/3510vs3150  .  You'll see that the GTX 950 gets a slightly better evaluation in that comparison, just as it does in the one you gave a link to.  I suggest doing your own browsing to see what other comparisons say.  In the end, the best advice is usually to get the most powerful graphics card you can afford (and that your computer can handle), since you know that it's a matter of time before whatever you buy will be out of date. 

EDIT:  New vs. Used is hard to evaluate.  In this case, though, the price difference is not really very great.  I'd say that it's not worth trying to save a few dollars if the tradeoff is to get a less powerful card.  If they had been several hundred dollars apart in price, of course, I'd feel differently.

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