|MSI GTX N650Ti Power Edition Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Tuesday, 09 October 2012|
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GTX 650 Ti Final Thoughts
You know what really struck me as I was testing the MSI GTX N650 Ti Power Edition video card? The fact that, for $160, you can get a graphics card that will play pretty much any game you want. Now, you might have to tune down the settings a little, but you'll be able to play with great success and with great graphics to boot.
The other thing that struck me about the GTX 650Ti is how close it came in nearly every benchmark to the GTX 560Ti with 448 cores. That 560Ti/448 was a limited edition card that got very close itself to the GTX 570. A year later, the GTX 650Ti is pounding out the same frame rates, or higher in some occasions, as the 560Ti/448 and for the low price of $160 MSRP. That's a good price/performance ratio in my book.
Now let's talk specifically about the MSI GEFORCE GTX N650Ti Power Edition. This card is just the latest in a long line of MSI Power Edition video cards, which basically means it comes overclocked from the factory. The normal GTX 650Ti will run at a clock speed of 928MHz, while the N650Ti Power Edition clocks in at 993MHz. Even with that, the N650Ti still did very well in overclocked. I was able to get nearly 20% on the GPU core clock and over that on the memory clock. Keep in mind, however, that NVIDIA's kepler GPUs clock themselves, so overclocking is great when you have FurMark to test it with, or 3DMark 11, or the other intense benchmarks we used here. As far as normal daily use goes, however, you'll probably never see your N650Ti get up to those speeds because the GPU will keep it at 993MHz anyway, unless it absolutely needs more.
That, in particular, brings me to my first complaint about the N650Ti, and any GTX 650Ti for that matter. There's no GPU boost. All of the video cards about the 650Ti got a turbo boost, even the GTX 660. And the GTX 650Ti is built on the same die! For me, personally, that's a pretty big drawback, and I'd probably be more likely to fork over the extra $50 or $60 it will take me to get a GTX 660 for the extra CUDA Cores, the 192-bit memory bus, and the GPU boost.
The other reason I'd probably go ahead and splurge on the GTX 660 over the GTX 650Ti is the fact that six months or so down the road I could greatly increase my graphics performance simply by buying another GTX 660 and pairing the two in SLI. I'd say that would be a great idea for the GTX 650Ti, but wait, you can't use SLI with the 650Ti. Again, the two cards are built on the same die. Many of the GTX 650Ti cards will even have the same 2GB of memory as the GTX 660, although the N650Ti Power Edition does not. I just can't understand why you wouldn't allow pairing through SLI.
In the end, I guess it boils down to the GTX 650Ti really being that card for a gamer who needs less expensive card. Any gamer who can manage a few extra dollars should probably save up and go for the GTX 660. I do like the ability to run three screens at once, though. That was a nice touch. Just keep in mind that frame rates will start to drop dramatically when your resolution becomes 1920x3240.