|MSI GTX N650Ti Power Edition Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Tuesday, 09 October 2012|
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MSI N650Ti PE Conclusion
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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.
+ Military Grade Components
- No SLI
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10.
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