|MSI GTX N650Ti Power Edition Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Tuesday, 09 October 2012|
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Testing & Results
The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary OS for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista OS, so our test results apply to both versions of the operating system. All of the tests in this review were run with DX11 graphics.
According to the Steam hardware survey, as of December 2011 the most popular desktop resolution (for Steam users) is 1680x1050 pixels, with a 17.59% share, with 1920x1080 pixels coming in second with only 7.7%. I ran all of the tests except 3DMark 11 at 1920x1080 since that is the more demanding of the two preferred gaming resolutions. 3DMark 11 was used with the performance preset, which sets the resolution the 1280x720.
I used a combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.
DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications