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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
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

Closer Look: MSI N650Ti Power Edition

The box that the MSI N650Ti Power Edition video card came in looks nearly exactly the box of the MSI N660Ti Power Edition that Benchmark Reviews looked at back in August of 2012. The color scheme is the same, as are most of the details on the box. The differences are clear, however, the GTX 650Ti has only 1GB of GDDR5 RAM where the GTX 660Ti has 2GB. The GTX 650Ti also sports a different cooling method, touted on the box, with the Cyclone II thermal design. Other than that and the positioning of the warranty logo, the front of the two boxes is the same.


On the back of the box for the MSI N650Ti Power Edition video card are a couple of lists detailing the video card itself. The features are listed, most notably that three concurrent displays are supported through the two DVI and one mini HDMI ports. This is notable because NVIDIA has trailed behind AMD for quite some time with the multiple monitor support. Whereas AMD cards for a few generations now have support triple monitor setups, this is something new for NVIDIA. It's notable as well because most GPU setups have the HDMI port and one of the DVI ports running off the same connection. That means you can't use two different monitors for those ports. Such is not the case with the N65Ti Power Edition. Each of the ports is usable by a seperate monitor.


Just like the N660Ti PE box, the box for the MSI N650Ti Power Edition video card has a Velcro connected flap that opens up on top. Opening the flap gives you windowed view of the graphics card inside and also bombards you with more information and advertisements about the card. Don't worry too much about those features now, we'll get into everything displayed on the box during this article.


As for accessories, MSI sends the GTX 650Ti Power Edition with the basics and not a lot more. You have your quick user's guide, a tiny brochure, the installation disc, a single MOLEX to 6-Pin PCI-E power adapter, and an HMDI to mini HDMI converter.

The MSI N650Ti Power Edition graphics card uses the Cyclone II thermal design system. The design is based around a large 90mm fan right in the center of the PCB. This is no ordinary fan, however. The fan on the Cyclone II thermal design is a propeller blade fan. These fans are designed to focus the angle of the blades in order to produce more airflow over the heatsink and dissipate more heat.


The Cyclone II thermal design is built with an ultra high density aluminum heatsink. The design is meant to whisk heat away from the GPU and distribute it evenly to each of the fins on the heatsink. The heatpipes that curve out in either direction from the main heatsink take heat from the GPU and distribute it to the two smaller, elongated heatsinks located under the large, bat-like, black plastic covers on the Cyclone II. These two heatsinks are also hit with the air blown by the propeller blade fan in the center.


When the Cyclone II thermal design is active, it pulls air in from the surrounding area and onto the heatsinks. If you live anyplace similar to where I live, in Southern Arizona, this can cause a lot of dust to build up on the fan and heatsinks. Because of this, MSI's Cyclone II thermal design has a method of removing the dust. This isn't new to MSI's thermal designs, they've been using it for a while, and I've notice that it does make a difference. I still need to have compressed air around to help out after a while, but it certainly lengthens the time between cleanings. Basically, the dust removal technology runs the fan in reverse for 30 seconds on startup. This pushes the dust away from the fan and heatsinks. Now, most of the dust will still be inside your case, so this isn't a save-all. It does help, though.


The Cyclone II thermal design covers most of the black PCB on the MSI N650Ti Power Edition graphics card. It also extends about half an inch above the actual PCB. Keep that in mind if you have a shallow case.

The MSI N650Ti Power Edition graphics card does require external power, but only in the form of a single 6-Pin PCI-E power plug. If your power supply doesn't have a 6-Pin PCI-E plug, then you can use two MOLEX plugs attached to the converter provided by MSI. Speaking of power, MSI recommends at least a 400W power supply. Moving on, let's take a look at some of the more detailed features of the MSI N650Ti Power Edition graphics card.



# 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 and the first 6 are $229 whereas the GTX 650Ti's are going for anywhere from $159.99 to $179.99.

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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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