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Written by Hank Tolman   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI GTX N650Ti Power Edition Video Card
Closer Look: MSI N650Ti Power Edition
N650Ti PE Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Aliens vs Predator
3DMark11
Lost Planet 2
Passion Leads Army
Unigine Heaven 3.0
A New Dawn
Temperature and Power Consumption
GTX 650 Ti Final Thoughts
MSI N650Ti PE Conclusion

MSI N650Ti PE 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. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

The MSI GTX N650Ti Power Edition video card performed very well. It ousted last generations GTX 560Ti with 448 cores in many of the benchmarks and that card still costs about $40 to $50 more than the GTX N650Ti Power Edition at MSRP. But that was last generation, and this is this generation. We expect this card to outperform more expense cards from the days of yore. Unfortunately, I don't have a GTX 660 on hand to test against the N650Ti Power Edition, but based on my scores here, I don't see it getting terribly close. The two cards are very similar, too, and the GTX 660Ti comes dangerously close to the GTX 670.

Looking at the MSI GTX N650Ti Power Edition is a pleasant experience. The Cyclone II thermal design is aesthetically pleasing. To me, it almost looks like a bat flying at you. A very dangerous and ominous bat. The N650Ti Power Edition has a blue LED on the Cyclone II thermal design, but it doesn't really emanate all that well. It really just looks like a blue dot. Overall, it's a good looking card, but it isn't amazing looking.

MSI certainly knows how to build a quality video card. Just like their motherboards, they use high-quality, military grade components to ensure that you'll get the longest life possible out of your hardware. They use Hi-c Capacitors, Solid Capacitors, and Super Ferrite Chokes. Those parts are often overlook by the consumer, but it is a sad day when you have to replace your video card because one of the components failed.

Functionally, the MSI GTX N650Ti Power Edition didn't really do it for me. Of course, a lot of that isn't MSI's fault, but I was still disappointed. The price seems right, but you can't buy another card and combine them in SLI. Also, even though the 650Ti is built on the GK104 just like the GTX 660, you don't get any GPU boost with the GTX 650Ti. MSI does a good job of helping out by factory overclocking the N650Ti Power Edition to 993MHz, but then they slack off and only put 1GB of DDR5 RAM on it.

The overclocking was good, with about a 20% increase on both the RAM and the GPU core clocks. This brought the performance up by an average of almost 12% across all the benchmarks. That's not terrible. And MSI's afterburner, based on the famous Riva Tuner, is extremely easy to use. The problem? All your overclocking means nil if the GPU doesn't think you need it. It will stay at its own clock speed until it deems you worthy.

And now for the value of the MSI N650Ti Power Edition video card. Honestly, $159.99 (Newegg) is a good deal for a video card that can beat out the 560Ti with 448 cores. But without the ability to use SLI, or to take advantage of GPU boosting, I'd have to go with the more expensive GTX 660 if I were an intense gamer. If you don't play a lot of graphically intense video games, however, but you want to be able to play them if you get around to it, then you probably shouldn't spend an extra $60 on a GTX 660 because the GTX 650Ti will suite you just fine.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval

+ Military Grade Components
+ Cyclone II has Dust Removal Technology
+ Supports 3 Monitors
+ Pretty good and easy at overclocking

Cons:

- No SLI
- No GPU Boost
- Only 1GB of RAM

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.50
  • Appearance: 8.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 8.00
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 8.5 out of 10.

Recommended: Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval.

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# RE: MSI GTX N650Ti Power Edition Video CardDavid Kirschbaum 2012-10-09 08:33
"... 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. " Sorry, but every price I see for the GTX 660 (Amazon, Tiger Direct, NewEgg) are all $310 to $330 .. TWICE the price of the GTX N650Ti. Hardly a trivial increase. I'll go with the N650Ti .. and thanks much for the good review.
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# GTX 660 vs GTX 660TiHank Tolman 2012-10-09 08:49
Are you sure you aren't looking at the GTX 660Ti? I just looked up GTX 660 on Newegg.com and the first 6 are $229 whereas the GTX 650Ti's are going for anywhere from $159.99 to $179.99.

-Hank
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# GTX 660 vs GTX 660TiGeorge Caldwell 2014-01-24 23:34
My 650Ti only cost me $104 dollars new with a nice warranty, So I have no idea were $159.99 to $179.99 came from. That is not enough performence increase at all to even justify paying $40-50 dollars more. Let alone a hundred dollars more.
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# RE: GTX 660 vs GTX 660TiOlin Coles 2014-01-25 07:10
The $159.99 price tag came from Tuesday, 09 October 2012. That's when this product launched and this article was published.
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