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REVIEW / Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1 GB

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Régis Jehl Published on October 25, 2012
Translated by Catherine Barraclough

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Chip GK106
  • GPU frequency 925 MHz
  • Memory quantity 1 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory frequency 1350 MHz
  • Cooler Double-decker

OVERVIEW

One step down from the GTX 660, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is a graphics card that can be picked up for under £200. Products at this price point have huge potential when it comes to racking up sales, but there's also a heck of a lot of competition to contend with. So how does this Nvidia card compare with rivals on gaming performance, noise and power use? Let's take a look.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti: Tech Specs


Like the higher-end GTX 660, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti uses a GK106 GPU. However, everything has been scaled down in this model. The CUDA cores have been cut from 960 to 768 and the GPU clock speed has been reduced from 980 MHz to 925 MHz. The GPU also loses the GPU Boost function so the clock speed stays the same in games.

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There's only 1 GB of GDDR5 memory here, with a 128-bit bus rather than the 192-bit bus used in the GTX 660. The memory clock has also dropped from 1502 to 1350 MHz.

NOISE 5/5


The GeForce GTX 650 Ti reference card is very compact, with a PCB that's barely 14.5 cm long. The cooling system is also small, which could have you fearing the worst. But—fear not—in practice, it's really quite discreet!

Nvidia geforce gtx 650 ti exploded small

Whether at idle or when gaming, noise output remains quite low with this graphics card. It's no match for the likes of the Asus GTX 660 Ti TOP DCU II but, for once, we wouldn't advise against buying models that use the same cooling system as the reference card.

POWER USE 5/5


It's no surprise to see that power use is well controlled in this graphics card. At idle, our test computer was only using 47 watts, rising to barely 141 watts in games! These results place the GTX 650 Ti between the AMD Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon HD 7850.

PERFORMANCE IN GAMES 1/5


In its marketing docs, Nvidia places the 650 Ti on par with the Radeon HD 7770. However, the Nvidia model clearly outdid the AMD Radeon in our tests, with the GeForce proving 24% faster on average. However, AMD's Radeon HD 7850 1 GB card sells for a similar price to the GTX 650 Ti and is 22% faster. And, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is still 34% slower than a GTX 660.

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Average general performances
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graphics cards in the Face-Off.

In the end, this compact Nvidia graphics card handily fills a void in AMD's product range, nestling neatly between the Radeon HD 7770 and the Radeon HD 7850 1 GB. As usual, it'll be worth keeping an eye on the price of all these models to make sure your getting the best performances for your money.
Our Test Card
Nvidia sent us its own reference card to test. Connections comprise two DVI outs and a mini-HDMI 1.4 out. It's powered by a 6-pin PCI-E cable.

You don't get much in the box, just a quick-start guide, power adapters and a DVI-to-VGA adapter.

This graphics card has 3D Vision technology (for playing games in stereoscopic 3D) and 3D Surround (for playing on multiple screens). For use with multiple screens Nvidia has refined its drivers, which now let you manage the bezel compensation (the width of the edge of the screen surrounding the image) and decide whether or not you want the taskbar on the middle screen.

It also has all the features introduced with the GTX 680 and that are now found on all of the company's graphics cards: TXAA (a new anti-aliasing system) and Adaptive VSync (a more efficient vertical sync mode).

And then there are the extra goodies. PhysX enables you to add more elaborate physical effects in a few compatible games and CUDA lets you assign certain processing tasks to the graphics card in the rare apps that are compatible (encoding, multimedia processing, HD playback...).

PROS

  • Very compact design
  • Quiet operation
  • Low power use
  • Nice extra functions: framerate capping, advanced vertical sync, etc.

CONS

  • There are faster, more powerful cards out there

CONCLUSION 2/5

This is a well-rounded graphics card with decent enough power use and gaming performances. Plus, the compact fan in the reference card is actually quite discreet. Your ears will thank you for it!
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