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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

VGA Power Consumption

In this section, PCI-Express graphics cards are isolated for idle and loaded electrical power consumption. In our power consumption tests, Benchmark Reviews utilizes an 80-PLUS GOLD certified OCZ Z-Series Gold 850W PSU, model OCZZ850. This power supply unit has been tested to provide over 90% typical efficiency by Chroma System Solutions. To measure isolated video card power consumption, Benchmark Reviews uses the Kill-A-Watt EZ (model P4460) power meter made by P3 International. In this particular test, all power consumption results were verified with a second power meter for accuracy.

The power consumption statistics discussed in this section are absolute maximum values, and may not represent real-world power consumption created by video games or graphics applications.

A baseline measurement is taken without any video card installed on our test computer system, which is allowed to boot into Windows 7 and rest idle at the login screen before power consumption is recorded. Once the baseline reading has been taken, the graphics card is installed and the system is again booted into Windows and left idle at the login screen before taking the idle reading. Our final loaded power consumption reading is taken with the video card running a stress test using graphics test #4 on 3DMark11. Below is a chart with the isolated video card power consumption (system without video card subtracted from measured combined total) displayed in Watts for each specified test product:

Video Card Power Consumption by Benchmark Reviews

VGA Product Description

(sorted by combined total power)

Idle Power

Loaded Power

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 SLI Set
82 W
655 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Reference Design
53 W
396 W
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Reference Design
100 W
320 W
AMD Radeon HD 6990 Reference Design
46 W
350 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Reference Design
74 W
302 W
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Reference Design
39 W
315 W
ATI Radeon HD 5970 Reference Design
48 W
299 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Reference Design
25 W
321 W
ATI Radeon HD 4850 CrossFireX Set
123 W
210 W
ATI Radeon HD 4890 Reference Design
65 W
268 W
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Reference Design
21 W
311 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 Reference Design
42 W
278 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Reference Design
31 W
246 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Reference Design
31 W
241 W
ATI Radeon HD 5870 Reference Design
25 W
240 W
ATI Radeon HD 6970 Reference Design
24 W
233 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 Reference Design
36 W
219 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Reference Design
14 W
243 W
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 11139-00-40R
73 W
180 W
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 Reference Design
85 W
186 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Reference Design
10 W
275 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Reference Design
9 W
256 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Reference Design
35 W
225 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (216) Reference Design
42 W
203 W
ATI Radeon HD 4870 Reference Design
58 W
166 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Reference Design
17 W
199 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Reference Design
18 W
167 W
AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design
20 W
162 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Reference Design
14 W
167 W
ATI Radeon HD 5850 Reference Design
24 W
157 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Reference Design
8 W
164 W
AMD Radeon HD 6850 Reference Design
20 W
139 W
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Reference Design
31 W
133 W
ATI Radeon HD 4770 RV740 GDDR5 Reference Design
37 W
120 W
ATI Radeon HD 5770 Reference Design
16 W
122 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Reference Design
22 W
115 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Reference Design
12 W
112 W
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Reference Design
9 W
70 W
* Results are accurate to within +/- 5W.

This article discusses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti video card that features reference design and speeds. Our power consumption results are not representative of the entire GTX 650 Ti-series products that may use a modified design. GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB requires a single 6-pin PCI-E power connections for normal operation, and will not activate the display unless proper power has been supplied. NVIDIA recommends a 400W power supply unit for stable operation with GTX 650 Ti, which should include the required 6-pin PCI-E connection without the use of an adapter.

In our test results the GeForce GTX 650 Ti consumed only 12W at idle, and 112W under full load. This positions the GTX 650 Ti among the least power-hungry video cards we've ever tested under load, but much more impressive that it's achieved by a GTX-series product. If you're familiar with electronics, it will come as no surprise that less power consumption equals less heat output as evidenced by our thermal results below...

GeForce GTX 650 Ti Temperatures

This section reports our temperature results subjecting the video card to maximum load conditions. During each test a 20°C ambient room temperature is maintained from start to finish, as measured by digital temperature sensors located outside the computer system. GPU-Z is used to measure the temperature at idle as reported by the GPU, and also under load.

Using a modified version of FurMark's "Torture Test" to generate maximum thermal load, peak GPU temperature is recorded in high-power 3D mode. FurMark does two things extremely well: drives the thermal output of any graphics processor much higher than any video games realistically could, and it does so with consistency every time. Furmark works great for testing the stability of a GPU as the temperature rises to the highest possible output.

The temperatures illustrated below are absolute maximum values, and do not represent real-world temperatures created by video games or graphics applications:

Video Card Ambient Idle Temp Loaded Temp Max Noise
ATI Radeon HD 5850 20°C 39°C 73°C 7/10
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 20°C 26°C 65°C 4/10
AMD Radeon HD 6850 20°C 42°C 77°C 7/10
AMD Radeon HD 6870 20°C 39°C 74°C 6/10
ATI Radeon HD 5870 20°C 33°C 78°C 7/10
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 20°C 27°C 78°C 5/10
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 20°C 32°C 82°C 7/10
ATI Radeon HD 6970 20°C 35°C 81°C 6/10
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 20°C 32°C 70°C 6/10
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 20°C 33°C 77°C 6/10
AMD Radeon HD 6990 20°C 40°C 84°C 8/10
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 20°C 26°C 62°C 3/10
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 20°C 26°C 71°C 3/10
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 20°C 26°C 75°C 3/10
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 20°C 30°C 81°C 4/10

As we've mentioned on the pages leading up to this section, NVIDIA's Kepler architecture yields a much more efficient operating GPU compared to previous designs. This becomes evident by the low idle temperature, and translates into modest full-load temperatures. While NVIDIA's reference design works exceptionally well at cooling the GK106 GPU, consumers should expect add-in card partners to advertise unnecessarily excessive over-cooled versions for an extra premium. 62°C at 100% load after ten minutes is nothing at all, and is nowhere close to this card's 98°C thermal threshold.



 

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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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