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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

First Look: GeForce GTX 650 Ti

In terms of appearance, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti is nothing like the other video cards in the GeForce GTX 600-series. Its squat 1.15" height requires two card slots for installation while allowing plenty of clearance, while the 5.65" long profile makes this is one of the smallest GTX's to come from NVIDIA in a very long time. In it's reference form, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti should easily fit most installations with room to spare. The majority of double-size video cards measure 1.5" tall, so with GTX 650 Ti being closer to the 0.75" single-slot height it's feasible we might see some NVIDIA partners creating such a design.


NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 650 Ti reference design operates quietly under full power operation thanks to a rear-mounted 75mm (2.95") fan that is positioned slightly above the plastic fan shroud. This allows sufficient air to reach the intake whenever two video cards are positioned in close-proximity; while SLI configurations aren't possible, another video card could be installed address PhysX demands.

Specified at 110W Thermal Design Power output the GeForce GTX 650 Ti demands much less of the system's power supply unit, allowing NVIDIA to recommend a 400W PSU for single-card installations. GeForce GTX 650 Ti requires power from a single six-pin PCI-E connection. With GeForce GTX 650 Ti the power connection is relocated at the rear of the video card, so at least 0.75" of additional clearance is necessary for the power connector.


GeForce GTX 650 Ti offers two simultaneously functional dual-link DVI (DVI-D and DVD-I ) connections, alongside a mini-HDMI 1.4a output (requires included adapter). Only one of these video cards is necessary to drive triple-display NVIDIA Surround functionality, when using both DVI ports with the HDMI connection for third output.

Since this is a dual-slot graphics card, there's a possibility some NVIDIA partners will use a larger I/O plate that offers full-size HDMI and possibly DisplayPort functionality. On other GTX-series cards these video interfaces would consume exhaust-vent real estate, but GTX 650 Ti exhausts internally (inside the case) so a larger plate would have little impact on cooling.


The memory subsystem on GeForce GTX 650 Ti delivers 1024MB GDDR5 video frame buffer to produce 86.4 GB/s total memory bandwidth at a noteworthy 5400 MHz data rate. Two memory controllers combine four GDDR5 ICs for a 128-bit memory lane, which moves data more efficiently than previous designs to yield a fill rate of 59.2 GigaTexels per second. GeForce GTX 650 Ti is backwards-compatible PCI-Express 3.0 compliant graphics device, although card's 128-bit memory interface makes it unlikely the added bandwidth will ever be fully saturated by the demands of this video card.


The card's exposed printed circuit board reveals indication that GTX 650 Ti could potentially support up to 2GB GDDR5 video memory, another option for daring card partners wanting to separate themselves from the competition. On some games with slow-moving yet extremely large worlds (World of Warcraft comes to mind) this could prove beneficial.

In the next section, we detail our test methodology and give specifications for all of the benchmarks and equipment used in our testing process...



# 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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