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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Video Card
First Look: GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX11: 3DMark11
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Batman Arkham City
DX11: Battlefield 3
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 3.0
Temperature and Power Consumption
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Conclusion

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Video Card Review

Manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
Product Name: GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Suggested Retail Price: $149.99 MSRP

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by NVIDIA.

When I returned home last week, there was a large unexpected package from NVIDIA. This came as a shock and mystery, since I wasn't advised there was another product launching from them in October. After tearing into the large box that it shipped in, I starred down at what was probably the smallest desktop video card I've seen in at least five years or longer. While the delivery caught me by surprise, it seemed like the GeForce GTX 650 Ti might offer more than meets the eye.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX series traditionally offers enthusiast-level performance with features like multi-card SLI pairing and GPU Boost application-driven variable overclocking technology. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card keeps with tradition in terms of performance by offering the capable GK106 GPU with 768 CUDA cores, but skips past some of the top-end extras. Nevertheless, NVIDIA Kepler GPU architecture delivers additional proprietary features such as: 3D Vision, Adaptive Vertical Sync, multi-display Surround, PhysX, and TXAA antialiasing. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card with DirectX 11 video games.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti's reference design features a 28nm Kepler GK106 GPU, which houses four SMX units and offers 768 CUDA Cores operating at a fixed base clock speed of 925 MHz with 64 texture units. There's 1024MB of GDDR5 video memory good for 86.4 GB/s over a 128-bit interface, all clocked to 1350 MHz (5400 MHz data rate). In comparison to the GeForce GTX 650, the GTX 650 Ti offers twice the number of CUDA Cores and texture units, with more memory bandwidth.

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Of the many platforms available for gamers to enjoy video games, there's no question that the highest quality graphics come from PC. While game developers might not consider PC gaming as lucrative as entertainment consoles, companies like NVIDIA use desktop graphics to set the benchmark for smaller more compact designs that make it into notebooks, tablets, and smartphone devices. NVIDIA's Kepler GPU architecture is an example of this, delivering unprecedented performance while operating cooler and consuming far less power than previous generation graphics cards. For example, gamers who upgrade from the GeForce 9600 GT could see up to 5x performance from the GTX 650 Ti.

GeForce GTX 650 Ti offers all the same high-end features found on the top-end GTX video cards but with a much more affordable price tag. In addition to a new and improved Kepler GPU architecture with NVIDIA GPU Boost technology, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti video card delivers further refinement to the user experience. Smoother FXAA and adaptive vSync technology results in less chop, stutter, and tearing in on-screen motion. Adaptive vSync adjusts the monitor's refresh rate whenever the FPS rate becomes too low to properly sustain vertical sync, thereby reducing stutter and tearing artifacts. NVIDIA TXAA helps deliver a film-style anti-aliasing technique with a mix of hardware post-processing, custom CG file style AA resolve, and an optional temporal component for better image quality.

NVIDIA's product stack presently includes support for the following graphics cards:

  • GeForce GTX 690
  • GeForce GTX 680
  • GeForce GTX 670
  • GeForce GTX 660 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 660
  • GeForce GTX 650 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 650
  • GeForce GT 640
  • GeForce GT 630
  • GeForce GT 620
  • GeForce GT 610
  • GeForce 210



 

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# Nice budget option,....RealNeil 2012-10-09 11:23
I like this card's performance, but I want something that will do SLI.
I'll probably spend more and end up with a matching pair of GTX-660s or if the finances permit, twin GTX660Ti cards.
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# Why?Cypher 2012-10-27 06:56
And get a 20% Performance boost? Waste of money.
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# YeahRealNeil 2012-10-27 08:22
A pair of GTX-660s or GTX-660Ti in SLI are going to mean a heck of a lot more than 20% performance increase over just one of these GTX-650Ti cards.

Seeing as it's ~my~ money to 'waste' you should just get over it.
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# gtx 650ti performencedebojit 2013-03-23 20:21
it is not 20% boost up it is by 40%
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# My next video cardWade Eilrich 2012-10-09 11:55
Having decided to dump the Radeon line (because of abysmal customer service) I've been looking for a card that can drive three displays, is moderately priced, supports DirectX11, and has reasonable performance. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti looks like the perfect card for me.
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# who's the fanboy now?resere 2012-10-09 12:59
1st i do have for now nVidia SLI in my main rig. but i spot fanbuoys when i see dem. i makes me laugh usually. or puke sometimes. uaeuva.

good review tough.
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# #Scratches HeadHank Tolman 2012-10-09 13:49
I'm confused by the frequency in which I see people deemed a "Fanboi" of one brand or another because they had a bad experience with a company and refuse to give them their business. I'll never use CenturyLink for anything because about 15 years, USWest suffered from bad outages and their customer service was horrendous. Does that make me the opposition's "Fanboi"? From what Wade described, the GTX 650Ti seems to suit him perfectly. His personal disgruntlement with AMD is completely justified if he received poor customer service. I haven't had any problems with AMD, but you can bet if I did, I'd take my business elsewhere.

-Hank
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# Fanboys?RealNeil 2012-10-09 13:53
Not me,......I go by price plus performance. (price first) If AMD ~or~ NVIDIA want loyalty, they should go out and buy a dog.
I have three rigs here. One has two GTX-570s in it, one has two XFX Radeon R7770s in it in Crossfire, and one has a barely passable GT-240 in it.
I started using SLI and Crossfire about 6 months ago and never looked back. My crossfire setup is great and I have no problems with XFX's support.
I want the two GTX-660s (or 660Ti) for the main rig. Then the 570s move to #2 system, and the two Radeons move to the third box.
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# Hmm..no regrets vs.660 performanceWuShu101 2012-12-29 04:10
Well, I Just recieved my Evga gtx650ti ssc 2gig today, and I am not at all disappointed in the performance/PSU*efficiency/$$ value over the 660gtx. Heaven bench 934(1680x1050)37.1fps....
Battlefield 3 Ultra(1366x768)44-77fps....
Far Cry 3 Very High(1280x920)20-30fps...erm..
Decent Performance for 280watt load consumption.. all at 72c to 77c...very pleased coming from an xfx AMD 6870 1-gig it outperforms.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Video CardB fanboy whats a fanboy ? hu? 2013-10-04 15:11
I ordered a MSI 650ti 1GB to replace a fried 5850. It looked good in the benchmark reviews compared to my old card. So at a good price I decided to get it.
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# Better than my old 5850B fanboy whats a fanboy ? hu? 2013-10-10 14:37
I finally got it. Newegg had a outstanding price on it. around 98 bucks after rebate 123 bucks before rebate. And it was delivered fast in 6 days and I used the free delivery called eggsaver. Anyway I have the MSI-650ti and I noticed a slight improvement in benchmarks. Also it runs at only 25`-34`Celsius so it has plenty of room for overclocking. I wonder if the boost versions run at around 33`-45`Celsius? If so you can save a few bucks just using afterburner on the regular TI.
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# plans changeRealNeil 2013-10-04 15:21
So I ended up getting two EVGA GTX-680s from a friend. I still have the two GTX-570s, and just got two Diamond Radeon HD-7870's secondhand. They all work great for me, The 2600K systems both have GTX SLI and the FX-8350 has Crossfire 7870s in it.

I'm set for a good long time now and happy with all three boxes. When my Grandkids come over, we have a blast with them.
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