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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

GeForce GTX 650 Ti Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested, which may differ from future versions of the same product. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

First and foremost is our performance rating. When the GeForce GTX 650 Ti surprised me with its arrival, I was caught off guard and lacked lower-end video cards that might compete well against it. The AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition seemed like a worthwhile foe, and while it was easily outperformed in every single benchmark test it still did a decent job of offering a challenge. Lost Planet 2 and Battlefield 3 made the Radeon HD 6970 seem like a good match, too, although that card generally outperforms the 650 Ti. So where does it stand in comparison to the competition? According to NVIDIA the GTX 650 Ti is rivaled by the HD 7770 series, but with these results I presume they're referring to an extremely overclocked version because the 650 Ti trounced it every time. Perhaps the AMD Radeon HD 7850 might match up well, if only it didn't cost $25-40 more.

In the DirectX 10 game Crysis Warhead, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti surpassed the AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition, and trailed behind the more expensive Radeon HD 6970 at 1920x1080. DirectX 11 test results continued to keep the GeForce GTX 650 Ti consistently ahead of the Radeon HD 7770 in all tests. The ultra-demanding DX11 game Batman: Arkham Asylum made use of Kepler's optimized architecture, helping to deliver a very playable 36-FPS. Battlefield 3 gave the GeForce GTX 650 Ti a 5-FPS lead over the Radeon HD 7770, and enabled Ultra quality settings. Lost Planet 2 played well on all graphics cards when set to high quality with 4x AA, allowing the GeForce GTX 650 Ti to keep pace with AMD's Radeon HD 6970. In Aliens vs Predator the GeForce GTX 650 Ti outmatched Radeon HD 7770 performance. Metro 2033 is another demanding game that requires high-end graphics to enjoy quality settings, and although this benchmark favors Radeon products the GTX 650 Ti still pushed past the HD 7770.

Synthetic benchmark tools offer an unbiased read on graphics products, allowing manufacturers to display their performance without optimizations or driver influence. Futuremark's 3DMark11 benchmark suite strained our high-end graphics cards with only mid-level settings displayed at 720p, forcing GTX 650 Ti to produce low FPS result but still overtake the AMD Radeon HD 7770. Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark tests used maximum settings that strained GTX 650 Ti's limited 128-bit bandwidth, allowing it still surpass the Radeon HD 7770 but only by a small margin. Taking all our benchmark results into consideration, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti commands a decisive lead past its price-relative competition but also occasionally shadows AMD's more expensive Radeon HD 6970 graphics card.


Appearance is a much more subjective matter, especially since this particular rating doesn't have any quantitative benchmark scores to fall back on. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX series has traditionally used a recognizable design over the past two years with rearward-positioned fan and square corners, but GeForce GTX 650 Ti looks nothing like its siblings. Because GeForce GTX 650 Ti operates so efficiently and has a large 75mm fan cooling it, there's no worry about heated air being recirculated back into the computer case. While looks might mean a lot to some consumers, keep in mind that this product outperforms the competition while generating much less heat and producing very little noise.

Regardless of how you perceive this card's looks, construction is the one area that NVIDIA continually shines. The 75mm fan on GTX 650 Ti is extremely quiet during loaded operation, primarily due to an efficient design but also a result of Kepler's CUDA cores that consume less energy and emit less heat. GTX 650 TI requires a single lonely 6-pin PCI-E power connection, which helps to keep this video card compatible with nearly every existing power supply unit. GeForce GTX 650 Ti has one of the shortest PCBs we've seen from a GTX-series graphics card, measuring 5.65" long, and makes this the perfect graphics card for robust HTPC applications. Even better yet, consumers now have an affordable single-GPU solution capable of driving three monitors with the inclusion of two DVI ports and supplementary mini-HDMI.

As of launch day, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti video card sells for $149.99. Please keep in mind that hardware manufacturers and retailers are constantly adjusting prices, so expect it to change a few times between now and one month later. Even though the GeForce GTX 650 Ti easily outperforms the Radeon HD 7770, there's stil plenty of value beyond the basic frame rate since the added NVIDIA Kepler features and functionality run it off the charts. Furthermore, only NVIDIA video cards offer multi-display gaming, 3D Vision, Adaptive VSync, PhysX technology, GPU Boost, FXAA, and now TXAA.

Initially, I was disappointed that GeForce GTX 650 Ti lacked NVIDIA GPU Boost and SLI support. But then it occurred to me that overclocking would be as easy as it used to be, and most users aren't going to buy two of these cards for SLI in the first place with so many other choices available. For what it is, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti performs very well. Our benchmark tests confirmed that GTX 650 Ti can play games like BF3 at 1920x1080 with Ultra quality settings and still get good frame rates. For mainstream gamers who want to step up from aging hot-running graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is a value-packed option to consider.


+ Easily outperforms the AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition
+ 75mm Cooling fan operates at very quiet acoustic levels
+ Extremely low power consumption and heat output
+ Short 5.65" profile fits into compact size computer cases
+ Triple-display NVIDIA Surround support
+ Delivers TXAA support


- Does not offer NVIDIA GPU Boost
- Lacks SLI functionality

What do you think of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card, and would you buy one?

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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.

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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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# 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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