Geforce gtx 650 ti overclock: Testing: Setup & Overclocking — NVIDIA Geforce GTX 650 Ti Review — Page 4

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Testing:

Testing of the NVIDIA GTX 650Ti  will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today’s newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other. The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing, with the exception of the 3DMark 11 testing, where PhysX will be disabled in the NVIDIA Control Panel, if applicable. I will first test the cards at stock speeds, and then overclocked to see the effects of an increase in clock speed. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. The latest press release driver will be used in testing of the GTX 650Ti, while the balnce of the NVIDIA cards are using 306.23; AMD will be using Catalyst 12.8 drivers.

  • Processors: Core i7 2600K @ 4.4 GHz 100 x 44
  • CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series h200
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3
  • Memory: Mushkin 993997 9-11-10-28 1866Mhz
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
  • Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray
  • Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
  • OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

 

Comparison Video Cards:

  • Sapphire HD 7870 Flex
  • Sapphire HD 7950 OC
  • ASUS GTX 660Ti DirectCU II TOP
  • ASUS GTX 660 DirectCU II TOP

 

Overclocking:

  • NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti Core 1228MHz, Memory 1493MHz

Overclocking the latest Kepler card in the product stack, the GTX 650Ti, is a little like walking back to last year without the use of NVIDIA’s GPU Boost feature. Not having to worry about how the clock speed will swing based on the power window makes this card a breeze to overclock. Set the speed you want and see if it fails, wash, rinse, and repeat. By using any of the popular overclocking utilities that support NVIDIA’s Kepler architecture such as MSI Afterburner, EVGA Precision or ASUS GPU Tweak you can boost up the clock speeds, voltage, and fan speeds.

To overclock the GTX 650Ti I used MSI Afterburner and adjusted the voltage and fan speed sliders to the maximum level and started tweaking the clock speed. After looking at just about every card in the stack I had a good Idea as to where the final clock speed might fall so I started just south of 1200MHz and upped the core clock until the card would fail during my testing. I could hit as high as 1240MHz in some tests but not all of them so the clock speed was dropped 12MHz to 1228MHz where each and every test would pass. The memory was clocked in much the same way although with a much lower starting point, as the maximum clock speed I could pull from the memory was just under 1500MHz.

When you look at the 1228MHz clock on the core that is a 32+% jump in clock speed over the base clock speed of 925MHz. Pretty sick overclocking from the lower end of the product stack. The overclock on the 1GB of GDDR5 memory as a percentage is not nearly as exciting but still delivers a solid 10+% improvement over the baseline 1350MHz. Overclocking is certainly worth the effort on this card. By boosting the fan speed to stabilize the overclock the card temperatures did not deviate much from the stock testing. Stock versus overclocked I saw a one degree swing in the temperatures delivered by the GTX 650Ti. Overclocking potential and cooling are excellent. I cannot wait to see what the non-reference designs from the board partners are capable of if this solid little reference card can swing the big numbers.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consists of looping Unigine 3.0 for 30 minutes each to see where the clock speeds fail when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment fails, then the clock speeds are adjusted and the test is rerun until each card passes the testing.

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Metro 2033
  2. Batman: Arkham City
  3. Battlefield 3
  4. Sid Meier’s Civilization V
  5. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
  6. DiRT 3
  7. Mafia II
  8. 3DMark 11
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption

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NVIDIA Geforce GTX 650 Ti Review

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti review

Written by

Matthew Lambert

October 9, 2012 | 13:58

Tags: #geforce

Companies: #evga #nvidia #zotac

1 — Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review2 — EVGA GeForce 650 Ti SSC 1GB Review3 — Zotac GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB amp! Edition Review4 — Test Setup5 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Battlefield 3 Performance6 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Crysis 2 Performance7 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Skyrim Performance8 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — The Witcher 2 Performance9 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Unigine Heaven 3. 0 Benchmark10 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Power and Thermals11 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Overclocking12 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Performance Analysis and Conclusion

Despite both cards under review featuring fairly substantial pre-applied overclocks, most cards normally still have a bit more left to give. We therefore did what comes naturally to us and fired up EVGA Precision for some manual overclocking, pushing up the frequencies until we were able to find the highest stable overclocks for each card.

First up was the EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC, which we were able to overclock from 1,071MHz on the core to 1,122MHz. Although this is only a 5% increase, the factory overclock is already fairly high, and our overclock actually represents a whopping 21% increase from stock speeds. As the memory on the EVGA card is left at stock frequencies, we were hoping to push it fairly high, and we weren’t disappointed. We added 0.25GHz (1GHz effective) to the 1.35GHz memory clock speed before it became unstable, taking it to 1.6GHz (6.4GHz effective), which is around an 18% overclock. Achieving these speeds required us to push 1163mV through the card, 50mV more than the default and the most that the card would allow.

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The overclock we were able to apply to the Zotac GTX 650 Ti amp! Edition was almost identical to that of the EVGA card. With the maximum voltage of 1163mV running through it, we were able to push the core clock from 1,032MHz to 1,114MHz (an 8% increase) and the memory clock from 1.55GHz (6.2GHz effective) to 1.6GHz (6.4GHz effective), which matches the EVGA card and represents a 3% increase for the Zotac card.

As both overclocks were so similar, it was unsurprising to note that in their overclocked states, both the EVGA card and the Zotac card caused our system to draw 175W from the wall when we placed it under GPU load. This is a 14W increase for the Zotac GTX 650 Ti and a 9W increase for the EVGA one.

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Given that the two cards differ in terms of the amount of memory available to them, we did some additional testing whereby we clocked the cards to the same frequencies to properly assess the impact of the extra 1GB of memory on the Zotac card.

To match the frequencies, we dropped the memory speed of the Zotac card back down to stock speeds, and pushed its core clock up to 1,071MHz, leaving it with the same core and memory clock speeds as the EVGA card. We then re-tested it in both Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2 at 2560 x 1600 as higher resolutions tend to take more advantage of higher amounts of memory.

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Read our performance analysis on the next page.

1 — Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review2 — EVGA GeForce 650 Ti SSC 1GB Review3 — Zotac GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB amp! Edition Review4 — Test Setup5 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Battlefield 3 Performance6 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Crysis 2 Performance7 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Skyrim Performance8 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — The Witcher 2 Performance9 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Unigine Heaven 3.0 Benchmark10 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Power and Thermals11 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Overclocking12 — GeForce GTX 650 Ti — Performance Analysis and Conclusion

How to overclock your old, last-gen graphics card

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Learn how to wring every last bit of performance out of your video card

Overclocking a graphics card used to be more trouble than it was worth, but things have changed. EVGA Precision X and MSI Afterburner are just two of the most popular choices for software overclocking. AMD even bundles its own overclocking solution—AMD OverDrive—with its Catalyst drivers. Wringing more performance out of your graphics card is now as simple as moving a few sliders and testing for stability with a benchmark.

That’s not to say that the best overclocking practices are obvious. We’re here to help with a guide on how to overclock your graphics card. Be forewarned—even the most basic overclocks can end in tragedy. Although we’re willing to walk you through the steps, we can’t be responsible for any damaged hardware or problems arising during the overclocking process. If you’re willing to take the risk, read on to learn how to overclock your graphics card. Keep in mind that the procedure for each video card can be slightly different. If any part of the guide doesn’t make sense, ask for help in the comments or spend some time on Google.

1. Gearing Up

MSI Afterburner is capable overclocking software that works with most AMD and Nvidia cards.

Our favorite overclocking software is MSI Afterburner . Your other options include EVGA Precision X for Nvidia cards, and for AMD Cards, AMD OverDrive, but to keep things simple we’ll be working solely with MSI Afterburner.

You’ll also need a benchmark like 3DMark —download the demo—or Unigine’s Heaven Benchmark to make sure your overclocks are stable enough for daily use. They’re also useful for quantifying just how much more performance you’re getting out of your hardware.

GPU-Z is the final piece of the puzzle and although you don’t technically need it, it’s super helpful for checking your GPU and memory clock speeds.

2. Getting in the Know

Before you even start overclocking, it helps to know what sort of overclocks you can expect from your hardware. HWBOT is the easiest way to look up what overclocks other users are achieving. Our test bench included the GTX 650 TI and 7850 , which have average overclocks listed on the site.

It also helps to know how much real-world performance you’ll be getting out of your overclocks. Although you probably don’t need to run through an entire suite of benchmarks, having a baseline to refer to is useful. Run through 3DMark or Heaven Benchmark once to get your base scores.

3. Core Speed Overclocks

Unigine’s Heaven benchmark looks good and is packed with features.

Once you’ve got some averages in hand—for the 650 TI: 1,179MHz GPU and 1,687MHz memory—you’re ready to start overclocking. Start by maxing out the Power Limit slider—this isn’t the same as overvolting, the power limit is simply how much power your card can draw. Then grab the Core Clock slider and move it forward at 20MHz increments. After applying your changes, crank up the settings on Heaven Benchmark—quality at ultra, tessellation to extreme, anti-aliasing to 8x, and resolution at system—and run through it at least once by pressing F9 or clicking the “Benchmark” button. Keep an eye out for weird graphical artifacts—visual glitches that range from colorful lines of light to random off-color pixels across the screen—and for crashes. If the benchmark crashes to the desktop, seems to slow down dramatically, or gives you a lower frame rate or score upon completion, drop the clock speed by 10MHz until you can run through the benchmark without any problems.

4. Memory Speed Overclocks

When you’ve found the highest stable clock speed for your card, repeat step two with the memory clock slider. Your memory clock speed generally won’t affect your frame rate or benchmark scores as much as the core clock speed, but it’ll help, especially if you’re running at a higher resolution.

5. Stability Check

Lock in both of your increased clock speeds, run through Heaven a final time, and you should be seeing higher frame rates and a higher score. Go wild and test out your overclocked card in your favorite games to make sure that it’s stable enough for daily use—if it isn’t, step down your GPU and memory clock speeds until it is. To be extra safe, you can leave Heaven running for a few hours to make sure you won’t run into any problems during an extended gaming session.

Read on for information on overvolting, special situations, and the results of our overclocks.

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EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC Graphics Card Review

We’re back today with another iteration of NVIDIA’s new GTX 650 Ti BOOST, this time from EVGA in the form of their GTX 650 Ti BOOST SuperClocked (SC for short). This card is obviously clocked above the stock GTX 650 Ti BOOST, but how much does that gain? Let’s find out.

Specifications & Features

As indicated by its name, the GTX 650 Ti BOOST SuperClocked is overclocked from the reference GTX 650 Ti BOOST. While memory frequency stays the same, the CPU base is frequency clocked up 92 MHz and the boost frequency by 104 MHz.

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC Specifications

The 2 GB EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC has a $10 premium over the reference card and is priced at $179.99.

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC GPUz

Of course, stock frequencies don’t necessarily tell the whole story with NVIDIA’s boost feature. This particular card actually clocks a little bit higher when running 3D, at 1149.7 MHz.

Stock Boost Frequency

Specs look good, let’s find out how the card itself looks.

Meet the EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SuperClocked

EVGA’s box is busy yet not too loud. The packaging provides ample protection too – bubble wrap for bumps & bruises and an antistatic bag for, well, static.

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC Box

Box Rear

Box Interior

Well Protected

The accessories pack is slim, but that’s normal. You get the driver disc, a quick start guide, a MOLEX-to-6-pin PCIe power adapter, a DVI-to-VGA adapter and case badge. Certainly not bad for a card at this level. Don’t forget you also get that Free 2 Play game credit from participating eTailers.

Accessories

Here we have the EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC in the flesh. The cooler probably looks familiar, it’s the same as that on EVGA’s GTX 660.

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC

I like the style. The carbon fiber look isn’t gaudy, but when looked at in the right light is actually quite nice.

EVGA Carbon Fiber

Video connections provided include two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort output.

Video Outputs

As this is a reference card, it comes with the same single 6-pin PCIe power connector and single SLI connector so you can connect two cards together (which we do in this review).

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC

EVGA’s iteration looks good on the outside, let’s tear it apart and see what it looks like under that heatsink.

Under the Hood

I mentioned before that this was the same heatsink as resides on EVGA’s GTX 660 and that was a pleasant change from the paltry reference heatsink. This one contacts the vRAM chips and the power section. It also has plenty of surface area and the GPU portion is actually a single heatpipe cooler with lots of aluminum fins to cool the GPU. This is a significant improvement over the stock offering.

Heatsink Removed

Heatsink

Single Heatpipe Cooler

For a blower cooler, it’s also rather quiet. you can certainly hear it when it spins up – more so than larger coolers that aren’t a blower-style design – but it’s a good offering for what it is.

The PCB is pure reference. The only difference is the BIOS, and this one being stamped EVGA.

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC PCB

PCB Rear

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC

The power section is the same five phase design – four on the GPU itself as pictured below and one on the memory that you can see above (bottom left photo, it is just below and to the right of the SLI bridge).

GPU Power Section

Samsung supplies the GDDR5 memory clocked at 1502 MHz (6008 MHz quad-pumped GDDR5).

Samsung GDDR5

Lastly, we see the GTX 650 Ti BOOST GPU itself.

GTX 650 Ti BOOST

GTX 650 Ti BOOST

As normal, EVGA has chosen to go straight reference throughout, and especially for a card at this price point, it’s totally expected. You’ll hear no arguments about the card’s build quality from me.

Test Setup

Our test setup includes a 4.0 GHz i7 3770K with memory clocked at DDR3-1866 / 9-9-9-24. Competition comes courtesy the AMD HD 7790 and NVIDIA’s reference GTX 650 Ti BOOST. We also include GTX 650 Ti BOOST SLI numbers, stock and overclocked.

CPU i7 3770K @ 4.0 GHz
MB ASUS Maximus V Extreme
RAM G.Skill TridentX DDR3-2600 @ 1866MHz 9-9-9-24
GPUs EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC
GTX 650 Ti BOOST SLI
NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti BOOST
ASUS HD 7790 DirectCU II OC
OS Windows 7 Professional x64

One card is good….

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC Installed

…but two cards is better.

GTX 650 Ti BOOST SLI

Quick note about SLI: The reference card was clocked at reference clocks. In SLI mode, PrecisionX couldn’t change the cards’ clocks independently, so there is a clock discrepancy between the two. SLI results with two EVGA SuperClocked cards will be slightly better than the results we have shown. It won’t be by much, but there will be a minor difference.

SLI Boost Difference

As you can see, there is a 78.4 MHz disparity between the cards. It shouldn’t really affect things too poorly, but just showing you it’s there for full disclosure.

Cooler Performance & Power Consumption

While the cooler on the EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC is better than the stock cooler, its default fan profile also likes silence. When adding in the increased frequency, that translates to slightly higher temperatures than the reference card.

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC Cooler Performance

Higher frequency of course means that you’ll have a little more power draw. It’s not much, but it’s there. SLI results actually weren’t too bad. When compared to higher-end cards, that weighs in about right. It’s very impressive you can run two GPUs and an Ivy Bridge setup with less than 400 watts!

EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC Power Consumption

Now to push the card a bit.

Overclocking

Being a reference card with just a BIOS that increases frequency a bit, you’re most likely not going to see 100+ MHz overclocks on this card. However, the card did still overclock well, and when considered relative to the SC’s stock frequency, it went further than the reference card, adding +70 MHz to the stock SC GPU freqency (which is 1207 MHz in GPUz and 1219.7 MHz actual). Memory stayed the same at +300 MHz (1652 MHz actual, 6608 MHz quad-pumped).

3DMark Vantage +70 / +300

3DMark 11 +70 / +300

As a side note, I seem to have forgotten to include a screenshot of the overclocked SLI results. I was a little more conservative with SLI overclocking and only pushed +50 MHz on the core, with the same +300 MHz on the memory.

Overall, overclocking the EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC went quite well, especially since it was able to push further than the reference card!

Performance Results

All of our benchmarks are run per our GPU testing procedure guidelines, which you can check out right here. Long story short: benchmarks are run at their default settings and games are run with everything maxed.

Synthetic Tests

3Dmark 03 is looking better than reference clocks for the SC. SLI scaling isn’t too bad either.

3Dmark 03

As you can see, the difference in reference-to-SC clocks doesn’t make a huge difference in Vantage and SLI doesn’t scale all that well either. That’s not a card problem, it’s because vantage is becoming more and more CPU dependent with each new CPU generation. It’s been like this pretty much since Sandy Bridge came out.

3DMark Vantage

3DMark 11 has good SLI scaling and continues to show the slight advantage in increased clocks. What you’re seeing here you’ll see is a trend – while the SC is obviously better at ‘stock’ clocks as expected, it also clocked higher when overclocking, so there is even a difference when both cards are clocked as high as they can go with stability.

3Dmark 11

SLI scaling is superb in GPU-bound Heaven.

HWBot Heaven

Fire Strike for multiple GPUs is just plain busted still (Futuremark blames it on drivers), so we’ll leave SLI off this graph.

3DMark Fire Strike

In benchmarks, things are looking good for both the SuperClocked card and SLI. Let’s get to some real world use.

Game Tests

You won’t see SLI scaling better than this. We’ll go over all the scaling percentages later, but you can see here the obvious great scaling over single card. As far as SC vs. Reference, you won’t get a huge difference in FPS numbers. It’s there and it is increased both stock and overclocked, but the actual FPS increase is little.

Aliens vs. Predator DX 11 Benchmark

Interestingly, Batman AC lost a single FPS with the overclocked SC result. I think we can safely blame run variation for that little tidbit.

Batman: Arkham City

BF3 is another with great SLI scaling.

Battlefield 3

Surprisingly, Civilization V came out with superb SLI scaling. At the high end (think GTX 680 / HD 7970), Civilization V is all but CPU bound. When considering lower tier cards like the GTX 650 Ti BOOST, SLI actually makes a very significant difference.

Civilization V

Dirt 3 is looking good, for stock and SLI results. Surprisingly the SLI overclocked cards came in just slightly (less than one FPS) worse than stock.

Dirt 3

Metro scales, because it’s totally GPU bound. It also shows the smallest difference in single card clocks, gaining a mere 0.3 FPS stock and overclocked.

Metro 2033

Obviously, two cards are better than one. Scaling looks solid throughout many of our tests. The EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC bests its Reference cousin throughout, both at stock and overclocked.

SLI Scaling

This chart is pretty self-explanatory. Interestingly, the titles in alphabetical order as we present them make for an up-down-up-down pattern in SLI scaling (benchmarks excepted, which also measure CPU capability).

GTX 650 Ti BOOST SLI Scaling

It looks like you can expect anywhere from 74% to 88% SLI scaling in our testing when adding a second GTX 650 Ti BOOST, which is not bad at all. You’ll never see 100% multi-GPU scaling and this is a pretty solid showing.

SLI vs. Higher End GPUs

Here we have one more graph – what the pair of GTX 650 Ti BOOSTs look like versus some higher-end offerings.

GTX 650 Ti BOOST vs. Higher-end GPUs

They actually did quite well for themselves, as well they should for ~$340. However, if you have that much to spend all at once, I’d recommend going with an HD 7970, which can be had for as little as $370 after rebate. If you don’t have that much to spend and just need some more power down the road, adding a second GTX 650 Ti BOOST isn’t a bad way to go at all.

Final Thoughts & Conclusion

This little card did very well for itself and outpaced its reference cousin. When stacked on top in SLI, it performed with the big dogs. It even overclocked very well, surpassing the reference GPU. We really have no way of knowing if there SC GPUs go through rigorous binning, or if most GTX 650 Ti BOOSTs can do SC frequencies without even needing to worry about it. There will of course be variations from GPU to GPU, but this particular card did well and surpassed the reference card’s overclocks. As always, YMMV, but EVGA sends factory sealed cards, so I assure you they didn’t cherry pick this one.

Coming in at $179.99, the EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SuperClocked is just a smidgen more than the reference GTX 650 Ti BOOST, and I think it’s worth that small premium. At this price level, every dime counts, but when you buy the SuperClocked card, you’re getting a guaranteed base overclock from the start. For that peace of mind, it’s worth $10. What’s more, right now it has a $10 mail-in-rebate, so technically, it’s priced right where the reference card is. You also get the $75 credit for in-game purchases in NVIDIA’s F2P bundle.

All told, the EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST SuperClocked is a solid card for a good price. It has a better-than-reference cooler (which is quiet for a blower-type cooler) and it overclocks well, all of which lines up to make it easily Overclockers Approved.

– Jeremy Vaughan (hokiealumnus)

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Today, NVIDIA released their GTX 650 Ti, which is meant for the medium gaming crowd. MSI has, of course, improved on the reference design, and released their GTX 650 Ti Power Edition 1GB. Let’s take a peek inside and see what kind of power it has.

NVIDIA introduced their new GTX 650 Ti today, tailoring it towards “gamers who want to enjoy their games at 1080p resolution with medium to high settings”, along with some anti-aliasing enabled. For more detail about the latest GeForce GTX 650 Ti, check our our reference design review of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti. In addition to a decent overclock, the card comes with an awesome looking aftermarket cooler: the Cyclone II.

Today we’ll take a look at the MSI card and see how it compares with the NVIDIA reference design, and also how it stacks up against other GTX 650 Ti’s. The MSI GTX 650 Ti comes in at an MSRP of $159.99, just $10 higher than the reference design.

Features & Specifications

The MSI GTX 650 Ti comes with the same hardware as the other GTX 650 Ti’s, but has a core clock of 993MHz as opposed to the reference clock of 925MhHz. It carries 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and uses the TSMC 28nm manufacturing process. When comparing it to other cards, such as the GIGABYTE GTX 650 Ti OC, we can see that the MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition is slightly underclocked from the factory overclocked GIGABYTE GTX 650 Ti. The GIGABYTe GTX 650 Ti OC graphics card also has the advantage with 2GB of VRAM, and having 4 display output connectors. Nonetheless, the MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition still has its advantages over the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti reference design card.

Specifications Nvidia GTX 650 (Reference)
Nvidia GTX 650 Ti (Reference)
MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition
GIGABYTE GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB
CUDA Cores (Stream Processors)
384 768 768 768
Bus Interface PCI-Express 3. 0 PCI-Express 3.0 PCI-Express 3.0 PCI-Express 3.0
Texture Units
32 64 64 64
ROPs
16 16 16 16
SMXs
2 4 4 4
Core Clock 1058 MHz 925 MHz 993 MHz 1032 MHz
Boost Clock
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Memory Clock
5000 MHz Effective 5400 MHz Effective 5400 MHz Effective 5400 MHz Effective
L2 Cache Size
x KB 256 KB 256 KB 256 KB
Memory Bus Width
128 Bit 128 Bit 128 Bit 128 Bit
Total Memory Bandwidth
80. 0 GB/s 86.4 GB/s 86.4 GB/s 86.4 GB/s
Texture Fill Rate (Bilinear)
33.9 GT/s 59.2 GT/s 59.2 GT/s 59.2 GT/s
VRAM 1GB (GDDR5) 1GB (GDDR5) 1GB (GDDR5) 2GB (GDDR5)
SLI Ready N/A N/A N/A N/A
TDP 64W 110W 110W (80W Max According to MSI) 110W
Recommended Power Supply 400W+ 400W+ 400W+ 400W+
Power connectors 1x 6-Pin PCI-E 1x 6-Pin PCI-E 1x 6-Pin PCI-E 1x 6-Pin PCI-E
Outputs Dual Link-DVI-I, Dual Link DVI-D, Mini HDMI Dual Link-DVI-I, Dual Link DVI-D, Mini HDMI Dual Link-DVI-I, Dual Link DVI-D, Mini HDMI Two Dual Link DVI-D, HDMI, D-Sub
Manufacturing Process
TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
Thermal Threshold 98C 98C 98C 98C
Launch Price $109. 99 (MSRP) $149.99 (MSRP) $159.99 (MSRP) $169.99 (MSRP)

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The MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition comes in the standard blue box with the yellow logo on the front. The box highlights the three-year warranty, the enhanced PWM design, and the Triple-Overvoltage feature of the card. The back of the card contains the standard listing of feature, system requirements, and information in multiple languages.

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The flap on the box hides the usual spate of marketing jargon, screaming phrases like “Enhanced PWM Design” and “Triple Over-Voltage”. The card uses Military Class III components, including the Hi-c Caps, solid capacitors, and super-ferrite chokes. These components are designed with high-quality materials to minimize the amount of power leakage the card components have. In addition, the components ensure greater stability when overclocking, though the utility of these components on a card meant for the midrange market is something that we’ll have to examine as time goes by.

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The MSI card comes with a sparse, but functional accessory bundle, containing the Power Edition manual, a Quick User’s Guide, a VGA to DVI adapter, a mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter, a PCI-E to PWM power cable, and a disc with drivers.

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Here we see pictures of the card itself. The biggest change between this card and the reference card is that the MSI power edition uses a totally different design. Whereas the NVIDIA reference card is only as long as the PCI-E slot, this card is about as long as the GTX 660 Ti, a full-length video card. In addition, this card uses the totally different Cyclone II cooler, which looks kind of like a crab rearing its pincers. However, we can say that one thing we like about the cooler design is its openness. It seems like it should be much easier to get dust out of this cooler than out of the NVIDIA stock cooler, which carries a shroud over it. Additionally, the cooler comes with the reverse-spin Dust Removal technology, so it will require less cleaning than the reference cooler. However, it was also the loudest of the lot, a b it more audible than the reference cooler.

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Here we can see the outputs of the card: one mini-HDMI, one DVI-D, and one DVI-I. Like the NVIDIA reference card, the GTX 650 Ti Power Edition card does take up two slots instead of one, so plan your system accordingly. It is powered by a single 6-pin PCI-E power connector, which draws 75W of power. The card’s TDP is set at 110W, though MSI’s headquarters claims that during their testing they got a maximum of 80W for the TDP. At the right-hand side of the cooler, we can see one of MSI’s signature Super-Ferrite Chokes, which they advertise on their packaging.

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Here we get a shot of the rear of the card, which shows the circuitry on the back near the GPU.

The OS we use is Windows 8 Pro 64bit (Retail) with all patches and updates applied. We also use the latest drivers available for the motherboard and any devices attached to the computer. We do not disable background tasks or tweak the OS or system in any way. We turn off drive indexing and daily defragging. We also turn off Prefetch and Superfetch. This is not an attempt to produce bigger benchmark numbers. Drive indexing and defragging can interfere with testing and produce confusing numbers. If a test were to be run while a drive was being indexed or defragged, and then the same test was later run when these processes were off, the two results would be contradictory and erroneous. As we cannot control when defragging and indexing occur precisely enough to guarantee that they won’t interfere with testing, we opt to disable the features entirely.

Prefetch tries to predict what users will load the next time they boot the machine by caching the relevant files and storing them for later use. We want to learn how the program runs without any of the files being cached, and we disable it so that each test run we do not have to clear pre-fetch to get accurate numbers. Lastly we disable Superfetch. Superfetch loads often-used programs into the memory. It is one of the reasons that Windows Vista occupies so much memory. Vista fills the memory in an attempt to predict what users will load. Having one test run with files cached, and another test run with the files un-cached would result in inaccurate numbers. Again, since we can’t control its timings so precisely, it we turn it off. Because these four features can potentially interfere with benchmarking, and and are out of our control, we disable them. We do not disable anything else.

We ran each test a total of 3 times, and reported the average score from all three scores. Benchmark screenshots are of the median result. Anomalous results were discounted and the benchmarks were rerun.

Please note that due to new driver releases with performance improvements, we rebenched every card shown in the results section. The results here will be different than previous reviews due to the performance increases in drivers.

Test Rig

Test Rig
Case Cooler Master Storm Trooper
CPUs Intel Core i7 3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) @ 4.6GHz
Motherboards ASUS P9X79 WS X79 Chipset Motherboard
Ram Kingston HyperX Genesis 32GB (8x4GB) 1600Mhz 9-9-11-27 Quad-Channel Kit
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 Air Cooler
Hard Drives 2x Western Digital RE3 1TB 7200RPM 3Gb/s Hard Drives in RAID 0
SSD
  • 2x Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA III 6Gb/s SSD in RAID 0 (Main)
  • 1x Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA III 6Gb/s SSD (Storage)
Optical ASUS DVD-Burner
GPU
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
  • EVGA GTX 660 SuperClocked 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB
  • MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition 1GB
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB
  • Nvida GeForce GTX 580 1. 5GB
  • Palit GTX 560 Ti Sonic 1GB
  • EVGA GTX 560 SuperClocked 1GB
  • AMD HD 7970 3GB
  • AMD HD 7870 2GB
  • AMD HD 7770 1GB
  • AMD HD 7750 1GB
PSU Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W PSU
Mouse Razer Imperator Battlefield 3 Edition
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Battlefield 3 Edition

Synthetic Benchmarks & Games

Benchmarks
3DMark 11
Just Cause 2
Lost Planet 2
Metro 2033
Battlefield 3
Unigine Heaven 3. 0
Batman Arkham City
Dirt 3

3DMark 11

Here we can see the results for 3DMark 11. The GTX 650 Ti comes in around where expected: between the 560 Ti and HD7770.

Unigine Heaven 3.0

Unigine Heaven is a benchmark program based on Unigine Corp’s latest engine, Unigine. The engine features DirectX 11, Hardware tessellation, DirectCompute, and Shader Model 5.0. All of these new technologies combined with the ability to run each card through the same exact test means this benchmark should be in our arsenal for a long time.

Here the MSI GTX 650 Ti comes in as performing better than the reference card due to the overclock, but just a hairsbreadth under the GIGABYTE version, probably due to the GIGABYTE card’s higher clockspeed and extra GB of video memory.

Battlefield 3

In Battlefield 3, the 650 Ti comes in at just a hair over the playable frame rate, once again outperforming the reference card thanks to the factory overclock.

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is a demanding game: the Crysis of today’s benchmarking. Very few single GPU cards can handle it, and the mid-level GTX 650 Ti predictably fails to keep up at very high settings. However, keep in mind that this card isn’t meant to handle this level of gaming.

Batman Arkham City

The card does very well in Batman: Arkham City, beating both 560’s and the reference card.

Just Cause 2

The card again performs well in Just Cause 2, showing the benefit of the factory overclock as it definitely outpaces the reference card.

Lost Planet 2

The card again does well in Lost Planet 2, its factory overclock pushing it into the smooth gameplay zone.

Dirt 3

Dirt 3 is not as intense of a game, and we can see that the card does very well in this benchmark

TEMPERATURES

To measure the temperature of the video card, we used EVGA’s Precision X and ran the Metro 2033 benchmark in a loop to find the Load temperatures for the video cards. The highest temperature was recorded. After looping for 10 minutes, Metro 2033 was turned off and we let the computer sit at the desktop for another 10 minutes before we measured the idle temperatures.

The Cyclone II cooler on the MSI card shows its strength here, though it is outperformed slightly by the GIGABYTE card. On the other hand, when we check out the overclocking possibility of the card and its cooling potential, the MSI card has far the best cooling solution installed. The temperatures won’t rise much higher, keeping it the coolest card among the tested even at the highest overclock.

POWER CONSUMPTION

To get our power consumption numbers, we plugged in our Kill A Watt power measurement device and took the Idle reading at the desktop during our temperature readings. We left it at the desktop for about 15 minutes and took the idle reading. Then we ran Metro 2033 for a few minutes minutes and recorded the highest power usage.

The factory overclock of the MSI card pushes its power consumption above that of the reference card. Nonetheless, this is a decent power consumption for a midrange card, as we have expected slightly higher power consumption before we have actually tested the card.

Overclocking

Overclocking was done with Precision X overclocking utility. We first raised the voltage on the card to 1075mv, which was the maximum voltage available on the MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition. The GIGABYTE GTX 650 Ti 2GB video card only allowed up to 1063mv, therefore the overclocking potential was better on the MSI card. The Core Clock speed was ultimately raised up to 1220 MHz and the memory frequency to 5930 MHz. Those were the highest stable overclocked settings.

The results were quite great as well:

     3DMark Score GPU Score Combined Score
Nvidia GeForce Reference       4733     4344         3577
MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition (1220/5930)       5787     5365         4493
GIGABYTE GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB (1148/5814)       5567     5150         4287 

The MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti is a good card for its market. It may not have the capacity to play all games at the highest settings, but remember that this card was not made for that. As a mid-range gaming card, it definitely fulfills its potential and more, in terms of performance. The card even gets close to 25FPS in Metro 2033, the most demanding game we have tested to date. The fact that a mid-range card has this kind of capacity is great, and MSI’s factory overclock only helps. Its solid construction also gives it a boost, and the overclocking headroom granted by MSI’s use of Military Class III components gives mid-range gamers a little more room to work with when overclocking their hardware.

The Cyclone II cooler is also well implemented, cooling the card down significantly at a quiet operation. Additionally, the card only comes with only three display outputs, though the GTX 650 Ti GPU has the ability to support four. The reference design also has three outputs, but we feel MSI might have added a fourth just to sweeten the deal a little. The ultimate choice is up to you as the end-user, but we see no reason not to recommend this card as a potential GPU for the mid-range gamer, especially considering performance at value.

OUR VERDICT: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition
Performance 7.5
Value 8
Quality 8.5
Features 8
Innovation 8

We are using a new addition to our scoring system to provide additional feedback beyond a flat score. Please note that the final score isn’t an aggregate average of the new rating system.

Total 8
  • Factory overclocked
  • Military Class III components
  • Cyclone II cooler is easier to clean
  • Good performance in midrange games
  • Good overclockability
  • Only 3 outputs: GPU supports up to 4 displays
Summary: The MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti is a mid-range card, and yet it performs admirably in even stressful games. For its quality and performance at its price range, it earns the Bjorn3D Silver Bear Award.

Gainward GeForce GTX 650 GS vs Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC v2 1GB: What is the difference?

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54 facts in comparison

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Why is Gainward GeForce GTX 650 GS better than Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC v2 1GB?

  • 45W lower TDP?
    65Wvs110W
  • 5°C lower load GPU temperature?
    51°Cvs56°C
  • 30W lower power consumption while under peak load?
    231Wvs261W
  • 42mm narrower?
    145mmvs187mm

Why is Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC v2 1GB better than Gainward GeForce GTX 650 GS?

  • 0. 6 TFLOPS higher floating-point performance?
    1.43 TFLOPSvs0.82 TFLOPS
  • 6.22 GPixel/s higher pixel rate?
    14.8 GPixel/svs8.58 GPixel/s
  • 25.1 GTexels/s higher texture rate?
    59.4 GTexels/svs34.3 GTexels/s
  • 384 more shading units?
    768vs384
  • 1270million more transistors?
    2540 millionvs1270 million
  • 32 more texture mapping units (TMUs)?
    64vs32
  • 867 higher PassMark (G3D) result?
    2692vs1825
  • 19.7GTexels/s higher 3DMark Vantage Texture Fill result?
    46.1GTexels/svs26.4GTexels/s

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Performance

1. GPU clock speed

1072MHz

1032MHz

The graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.

2.GPU turbo

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When the GPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.

3.pixel rate

8.58 GPixel/s

14.8 GPixel/s

The number of pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.

4.floating-point performance

0.82 TFLOPS

1.43 TFLOPS

Floating-point performance is a measurement of the raw processing power of the GPU.

5.texture rate

34.3 GTexels/s

59.4 GTexels/s

The number of textured pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.

6. GPU memory speed

1300MHz

1350MHz

The memory clock speed is one aspect that determines the memory bandwidth.

7.shading units

Shading units (or stream processors) are small processors within the graphics card that are responsible for processing different aspects of the image.

8.texture mapping units (TMUs)

TMUs take textures and map them to the geometry of a 3D scene. More TMUs will typically mean that texture information is processed faster.

9.render output units (ROPs)

The ROPs are responsible for some of the final steps of the rendering process, writing the final pixel data to memory and carrying out other tasks such as anti-aliasing to improve the look of graphics.

Memory

1.effective memory speed

5200MHz

5400MHz

The effective memory clock speed is calculated from the size and data rate of the memory. Higher clock speeds can give increased performance in games and other apps.

2.maximum memory bandwidth

83.2GB/s

86.4GB/s

This is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.

3.VRAM

VRAM (video RAM) is the dedicated memory of a graphics card. More VRAM generally allows you to run games at higher settings, especially for things like texture resolution.

4.memory bus width

128bit

128bit

A wider bus width means that it can carry more data per cycle. It is an important factor of memory performance, and therefore the general performance of the graphics card.

5.version of GDDR memory

Newer versions of GDDR memory offer improvements such as higher transfer rates that give increased performance.

6.Supports ECC memory

✖Gainward GeForce GTX 650 GS

✖Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC v2 1GB

Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

Features

1.DirectX version

DirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

2.OpenGL version

OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

3.OpenCL version

Some apps use OpenCL to apply the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for non-graphical computing. Newer versions introduce more functionality and better performance.

4.Supports multi-display technology

✔Gainward GeForce GTX 650 GS

✔Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC v2 1GB

The graphics card supports multi-display technology. This allows you to configure multiple monitors in order to create a more immersive gaming experience, such as having a wider field of view.

5. load GPU temperature

A lower load temperature means that the card produces less heat and its cooling system performs better.

6.supports ray tracing

✖Gainward GeForce GTX 650 GS

✖Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC v2 1GB

Ray tracing is an advanced light rendering technique that provides more realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections in games.

7.Supports 3D

✔Gainward GeForce GTX 650 GS

✔Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC v2 1GB

Allows you to view in 3D (if you have a 3D display and glasses).

8.supports DLSS

✖Gainward GeForce GTX 650 GS

✖Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC v2 1GB

DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) is an upscaling technology powered by AI. It allows the graphics card to render games at a lower resolution and upscale them to a higher resolution with near-native visual quality and increased performance. DLSS is only available on select games.

9.PassMark (G3D) result

This benchmark measures the graphics performance of a video card. Source: PassMark.

Ports

1.has an HDMI output

✔Gainward GeForce GTX 650 GS

✔Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC v2 1GB

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

2.HDMI ports

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More HDMI ports mean that you can simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.

3.HDMI version

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Newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.

4.DisplayPort outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.

5.DVI outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DVI.

6.mini DisplayPort outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using mini-DisplayPort.

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GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost: Double Afterburner

NVIDIA’s spring offer was a pleasant surprise for those who choose a sufficiently powerful graphics card at a reasonable price. The arrival of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost , with a suggested price of 90,005 $169 for the 2 GB modification, set off a real chain reaction that led to a reduction in the price of the nearest «neighbors» in the discrete graphics line — the GeForce GTX 650 Ti and the GeForce GTX 660. was the reason for such actions of the manufacturer, we tried to find out by considering the capabilities of video cards from MSI and ZOTAC .

The video card is based on the GK106 graphics chip with the Kepler architecture, which in the case of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost contains 768 CUDA computing processors. At the same time, the GPU includes 64 texture units and 24 rasterization units. The chip itself is manufactured using 28nm technology and contains 2.54 billion transistors packed on a 221mm2 silicon wafer.

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The base frequency of the GPU is 980 MHz, while the new GPU Boost technology is activated, and the average value of dynamic acceleration is 1033 MHz.

Depending on the nature of the load, the actual clock frequency of the chip will increase up to 1050-1075 MHz. Recall that in the GTX 650 Ti, the GPU Boost function is disabled, where the core runs at 925 MHz.

GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost uses three 64-bit memory controllers for a total of 192-bit highway for data exchange with the GPU. Taking into account the fact that the video card uses high-speed GDDR5 with a frequency of 6008 MHz, the total bandwidth of the memory subsystem is 144.2 GB / s. Compared to 86.4 GB / s for the classic GTX 650 Ti, this is a very serious update (+ 67%).

Video card specifications:

GeForce GTX 660
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Radeon HD 7850
Radeon HD 7790
Crystal name GK106 GK106 GK106 Pitcairn Pro Bonaire
Manufacturing process, nm 28 28 28 28 28
Chip area, mm² 221 221 221 212 160
Number of transistors, billion 2. 54 2.54 2.54 2.8 2.08
GPU clock speed, MHz 980/1033 980/1033 925 860 1000
Number of stream processors 960 768 768 1024 896
Number of texture units 80 64 64 64 56
Number of ROPs 24 24 16 32 16
Memory (type, volume), MB GDDR5, 2048 GDDR5, 1024/2048 GDDR5, 1024/2048 GDDR5, 1024/2048 GDDR5, 1024
Memory bus bit 192 192 128 256 128
Memory frequency, MHz 6008 6008 5400 4800 6000
Memory bandwidth, GB/s 144. 2 144.2 86.4 153.6 96
Power consumption, W 140 140 110 130 85

The declared power consumption of the graphics card is 140 W (TDP). The PCI Express x16 slot cannot cope with such a load on its own, therefore, one 6-pin 12V connector is provided for additional power. At the same time, the recommended PSU power for a system with a GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost is 450 watts.

The reference graphics card will use the PCB and cooling design of the GeForce GTX 660/660 Ti. This is a combination of a very compact PCB with a two-slot cooler equipped with a radiator block and a centrifugal fan.

The adapter’s interface panel contains four video outputs — a pair of DVI, as well as HDMI and DisplayPort. SLI technology returned to the list of supported functions, which the GeForce GTX 650 Ti was deprived of.

In general, in the case of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, NVIDIA did not need to invent anything. The device was created according to already prepared technical patterns. Familiar chip, proven circuit board and cooling system, as well as a familiar set of technologies. To prepare the novelty, the company only had to play around with a number of parameters in search of the optimal balance, and determine the price of the future solution. And here NVIDIA presents an unexpected surprise. $169for the 2 GB version and $149 for the 1 GB versions, which will be available later. Despite the fact that these data are recommended values ​​for the US market, we can reasonably expect approximately the same price level in Ukraine. This reason for optimism is based on facts. The fact is that at the end of March, the cost of the GeForce GTX 660 decreased by $20-25, and therefore, according to hotline.ua , the most affordable GTX 660 models are already offered for $195.

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  • 1 MSI N650TI TF 2GD5/OC BE
  • 2 ZOTAC GEFORCE GTX 650 Ti Boost [ZT-61201-10M]
  • 3 Productivity
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    • 4.2 ZOTAC GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST [ZT-61201-10M] provided for testing by ZOTAC, www.zotacusa.com

MSI N650Ti TF 2GD003 9008 BE 9028

MSI introduced four GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost models at once. We got a top modification for testing, which is part of the new line of gaming devices from the vendor — Gaming. The Edition OS version was initially factory overclocked. The base frequency of the GPU in this case is increased to 1033 MHz, instead of the recommended 980 MHz. The memory runs at stock 6008 MHz.

To create the MSI N650Ti TF 2GD5/OC BE, one of the GeForce GTX 660 modifications in the manufacturer’s assortment was taken as a basis. The video card received the original printed circuit board, slightly enlarged.

The TwinFrozr III proprietary cooler is equipped with a pair of axial fans (Propeller Blades) and has an oversized aluminum fin heatsink. To speed up the transfer, in this case, three nickel-plated heat pipes are used, one of which has a diameter of 8 mm, another pair — 6 mm. At the same time, we note a successful technical solution. A large tube is fixed in the center of the heat sink — in the area of ​​increased heating, and removes heat to the farthest edge of the radiator cassette. Thus, the resources of the passive cooler are used more efficiently.

The top of the cooler is covered with an aluminum plate, on which there is a decorative insert, as well as the name of the manufacturer and series of cooling systems.

Unlike the original GTX 660, this model has some simplification. In particular, the VRM elements are deprived of an additional radiator plate, and there is no aluminum profile on the upper edge, which acts as an additional stiffener.

The expected set of connectors on the interface panel is a pair of DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.

MSI N650Ti TF 2GD5/OC BE is not exotic. The manual and driver disk are complemented by a DVI-VGA adapter, as well as an adapter from a pair of Molex connectors to a six-pin 12V.

In idle mode, the cooler cooled the graphics chip to 24-25 degrees. The initial fan speed of 900–930 rpm is absolutely the right decision. After gaming in high-quality graphics modes and a full cycle of synthetic tests, the maximum recorded temperature of the GPU is 56 C.

In this case, the fan speed was increased to 1350 rpm. After switching to the economical 2D mode, the temperature drops quite quickly, as does the fan speed. The capabilities of the Twin Frozr III cooling system of the configuration used for such a solution are rather redundant, but this is the case when «you can’t spoil the porridge with oil.» In addition, here it is worth making an allowance for the fact that the tests were carried out on an open bench — in fact, under ideal conditions for CO with axial fans. In the case, the heating of the GPU will be higher, especially if we talk about the summer period.

The factory increase in the base clock frequency of the GPU pushed the boundaries of the GPU Boost. In games, the graphics chip accelerated up to 1175 MHz. Let’s see how this will affect the performance of the video card. As for the frequency potential, by increasing the Power Limit value to the limit of 110%, we managed to achieve stable operation of the MSI N650Ti TF 2GD5/OC BE in the 1126/6964 MHz mode.

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GPU GK106
Memory size, MB 2048
Memory type GDDR5
Interface PCI Express 3.0
Cooling system active
GPU operating frequencies, MHz 1033-1098
Memory frequencies, MHz 6008
Memory bus bit 192
Output connectors 2xDVI Dual-link (1xDVI-I and 1xDVI-D), 1xHDMI, 1xDisplay Port
Dimensions, mm 235×125.2×35.8
Power supply 1x6pin
DirectX DirectX 11. 1
Miscellaneous Support for NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA 3D Vision, 28nm, OpenGL 4.3 support, Twin Frozr III 9 cooling system0050

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST [ZT-61201-10M]

Like MSI, ZOTAC took the path of least resistance when preparing the new solution. The video card uses a reference printed circuit board and a cooling system similar to that used for the manufacturer’s proprietary GeForce GTX 660.

Moreover, the frequency formula also repeats that of the older model. The graphics chip has a minimum afterburner — its base frequency has been increased from 980 to 993 MHz.

Such overclocking cannot significantly affect the final results, but as a small free bonus it is quite suitable. 2GB of memory runs at the recommended 6008 MHz.

The used modification of the cooler is already well known to us. A similar CO was equipped with the GeForce GTX 660 from ZOTAC. The cooler includes a relatively small radiator block with a compact copper heat sink. To accelerate the transfer of heat, a pair of heat pipes is used, symmetrically penetrating the cassette of aluminum plates. The structure is blown by a pair of axial fans with an impeller, already familiar to ZOTAC products, made of translucent orange plastic.

The power elements of the power stabilizer are covered with an additional heatsink. In addition, four memory chips placed on the front side of the PCB also have a separate cooler, made in the form of an aluminum plate, which is pressed against the chips with screws through thermal pads.

The content of the interface panel is standard for the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost — a pair of DVI, as well as full-length HDMI and DisplayPort. The kit also includes only the most necessary: ​​a manual, a CD with drivers, as well as adapters from DVI to VGA and from Molex to a six-pin connector for connecting additional power.

In general, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST cooling system performed well during practical tests. In rest mode, the temperature of the GPU rose to 29-30 degrees, while the fans rotated at a speed of about 1200 rpm.

Under load, the chip heating increased to 68 C, and to keep the temperature at this level, the fan speed increased to ~1850 rpm. Changing the operating mode is easy to identify by ear, but the cooler can not be called noisy.

In the case of the ZOTAC model, during testing, the GPU Boost mechanism dynamically accelerated the graphics chip from a base 993 MHz all the way up to 1110 MHz. If we talk about manual overclocking, then the base frequency of the GPU was painlessly increased to 1117 MHz , while the memory took the bar at 7 GHz without spoiling the picture with artifacts even at 7012 MHz . Note that the maximum clock speeds for both GTX 650 Ti Boost turned out to be about the same level. In general, the frequency increase is not so great. If you start from the regular 980 MHz, the delta for the GPU is about 15%.

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GPU GK106
Memory size, MB 2048
Memory type GDDR5
Interface PCI Express 3. 0
Cooling system active
GPU operating frequencies, MHz 993-1059
Memory frequencies, MHz 6008
Memory bus bit 192
Output connectors 2xDVI Dual-link (1xDVI-I and 1xDVI-D), 1xHDMI 1.4a, 1xDisplay Port
Dimensions, mm 111.15×153.162
Power supply 1x6pin
DirectX DirectX 11.1
Miscellaneous Support for NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA 3D Vision, manufactured on 28nm process

Performance

To assess the capabilities of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, it was not so difficult to choose «examiners». First of all, these are neighbors from above and below from the current NVIDIA graphics line — GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GTX 660. The most obvious rival of the new product from AMD’s arsenal is the Radeon HD 7850. a clear idea of ​​how the balance of power can change after the independent acceleration of video cards. At the same time, we used modes that are achievable on most adapters of various lines. For GeForce GTX 660 frequency formula 109 was used0/6600 MHz, for Radeon HD 7850 — 1100/5600 MHz. The results of accelerated modifications of video cards in the diagrams are highlighted in a separate group.

After examining the data on the diagrams obtained in synthetic test applications, as well as real games with a resolution of 1920×1080 and high graphics quality, we can draw certain conclusions about the performance of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. So, the new product is on average 30-35% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, while yielding to the GTX 660 only 10-15%. The modest prefix «Boost» used in the name is fraught with more than a small performance boost. These video cards are much closer in their capabilities to the top solution based on GK106.

Comparing performance of adapters from different developers is always more difficult — a lot depends on the list of applications used. Considering the performance in the game set used, the GTX 650 Ti Boost on average has a slight advantage over the Radeon HD 7850. In some cases, 10% and even 20% (not surprisingly, in the game Bioshock Infinite), but there are also reverse examples, when The HD 7850 turns out to be quicker. In general — parity with some advantage of new products from NVIDIA.

Overclocking GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost brings about 10-15% performance. Although in general the increase is relatively small, this is enough to overtake the GeForce GTX 660 in almost all cases. Of course, the latter also has a certain amount of power that can be obtained after an additional afterburner, but the fact that the younger solution manages to reach to the highest in the line.

Overclocking the Radeon HD 7850 brings a 20-25% gain. In this mode, a video card with an AMD chip often not only outperforms the forced version of the GTX 650 Ti Boost, but is also able to overtake even the accelerated GeForce GTX 660. HD 7850 video cards have a considerable hidden potential, which in most cases will remain unclaimed — independent overclocking lot of enthusiasts.

Evaluating the results of the reviewed adapters from ZOTAC and MSI, we note that the first, having a very modest factory overclocking, gets a corresponding performance increase — 1-2%. The video card from MSI is noticeably accelerated, the frequency overclocking of the GPU eventually results in an additional 4-6% points and frames / s.

Results

The release of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost noticeably revived the mid-range video card segment. By all indications, the novelty is rather a lightweight version of the GeForce GTX 660, therefore, when introducing this solution to the market, it would be more logical to build on this particular model. Probably, NVIDIA is wary of the «LE» and «SE» indices, which many associate with some kind of simplification. In this sense, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost looks more striking, although it can confuse unprepared users. But, let’s leave the creative creativity in creating names for our products to the marketing departments. We are more interested in the actual capabilities of the adapter, as well as its inherent price / performance ratio. And with this, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost has everything at a very decent level. The novelty as a whole leaves a good impression. Direct competition with the more expensive Radeon HD 7850 is already a good result. In addition, the aggressive price tag of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost will certainly force AMD to reconsider the cost of their solutions.

In addition to the fact that the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost itself turned out to be quite balanced, even those who initially focused on the less productive GeForce GTX 650 Ti, as well as those who want to get a faster GeForce GTX 660 — devices of both of these series will benefit from the announcement of the new product have already fallen in price by an average of $20-25.

A few words about the models of video cards that we have reviewed today. ZOTAC offers an adapter with minimal factory overclocking, a fairly efficient and not too noisy cooling system, as well as additional heatsinks that improve heat dissipation from memory chips and VRM power elements. Probably retail value ZOTAC GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST [ZT-61201-10M] will not significantly differ from the recommended price, and this is a good argument for those who want to get a high-performance graphics card at minimal cost.

MSI N650Ti TF 2GD5/OC BE is the manufacturer’s top solution in the GTX 650 Ti Boost line with a significantly increased GPU clock speed. The advantage of the model is a quiet efficient cooling system and a redesigned printed circuit board. The cost of the adapter will obviously be higher than that of video cards on the reference design, however, the minimum noise level in operation and a noticeable increase in performance allow us to award this model with the “ Editor’s Choice . »

MSI N650Ti TF 2GD5/OC BE provided for testing by

MSI , ua.msi.com

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST [ZT-61201-10M] provided for testing by

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Test bench configuration

Processor Intel Core [email protected], 5 GHz Intel, www.intel.ua
Cooler Thermalright Archon Rev.A «1-Incom», www.1-incom.com.ua
Motherboard MSI Z77A-GD65 MSI, www.msi.com
RAM Team Xtreem TXD38192M2133HC9KDC-L (2×4 GB DDR3-2133) DC-Link, www.dclink.com.ua
Accumulator Intel SSD 520 (SSDSC2CW240A3, 240 GB) Intel, www.intel.ua
Power supply Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1200M (1200 W) Thermaltake, www. thermaltakeusa.com

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Initially, material on the 3-gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 was planned as a final chord, but it did not turn on. Perhaps after the repair we will be allowed to drive it again. In the meantime, the Megabyte store came to the rescue and provided us with a GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST for testing, for which special thanks to him! In the comments, you just asked for something from this series.

This video card appeared in March 2013, six months after the release of the simple GTX 650 Ti. Both are based on different versions of the 28nm GK106 chip. But the original only has base speed, while the 650 Ti BOOST has dynamic overclocking thanks to GPU Boost technology. This feature is reflected in the title. They also have the same number of CUDA cores and texture units, but a different number of raster modules, since their video memory subsystem is also different.

GTX 650 Ti received 1 GB GDDR5 with an effective frequency of 5400 MHz and a 128-bit bus. The BOOST version boasts 2 GB with an effective speed of 6 GHz and a 192-bit bus. Throughput increased by 67%.

We will study the capabilities of this relic using the example of ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST DirectCU II OC . She received a small 4-5% GPU overclock, a 5-phase power subsystem and a 2-slot DirectCU II cooler with two nickel-plated copper heat pipes, a solid aluminum radiator and a pair of 75mm axial fans. In games, the GPU temperature did not exceed 66 ° C at a critical value of 97°C. And the frequency rose to 1150 MHz.

Now let’s go through the configuration of this test bench one last time. In this material, we say goodbye to the «productive, but controversial» 8-thread Core i7-7740X. For the 650 Ti BOOST, it’s enough in nominal terms, because it’s an analogue of the i7-7700K, only for the unpopular Socket LGA2066 platform.

Tower cooler be quiet! DARK ROCK PRO 4 . Thanks to its massive design, it can handle even 250-watt processors. Pleased with the support of many current and legacy platforms, including Socket AM4, LGA1151 and LGA2066.

These and other components are installed on a solid motherboard ASUS TUF X299 MARK 1 format ATX.

4 of its 8 slots are occupied by simple DDR4-2400 modules from Apacer .

A pair of SSDs from the same Apacer is used to install most games and the operating system. For the rest, there is a hybrid drive from Seagate .

The “golden” block 9 proved to be a real fine during the whole cycle0005 Super Flower Leadex III Gold 650W . It is not only efficient and reliable, but also quiet in operation. A 130mm FDB bearing fan is responsible for cooling the internal components. Using a special button on the case, you can select the mode of operation, including semi-passive at low load.

We were also very pleased with the be quiet! Silent Base 801 . It’s stylish, spacious and thoughtfully designed to house all your components. There is also a controller for the speed of case fans, although in any of the three modes their noise remains very low.

The Redragon brand helped us with peripherals, and we are happy to share our live impressions of these products.

In addition to the main key block, the mechanical keyboard Redragon Indrah includes 5 macro keys and 6 special buttons for office use. Not without the Fn button to activate additional functional actions. And it recognizes the simultaneous pressing of all 104 keys.

Mouse Redragon Cobra liked the ergonomics, quality of materials, assembly, optical sensor and button operation. Claims will be only to the legs, if you do not remove the protective film.

The Redragon Archelon rug is stitched securely around the contour, which inspires confidence in a long service life.

Headphones Redragon Lagopasmutus are also generally liked. Comfortable on the head, no pressure on the ears. You can customize for yourself. There are necessary controls. The braided interface cable ends with three connectors — two 3.5mm audio and USB for easy connection to a wide range of devices.

Gameplay recorded by external system with AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K. More details in the description.

Let’s move on to the test, and, as usual, we’ll start with simpler projects. Dota 2 starts briskly in Full HD with the maximum quality preset. From the position of monitoring, everything is fine: the average speed is over 80 FPS, the rate of very rare events is over 40. But when several heroes collide, stators are possible. Some may want to move to a simpler preset.

In the old but still alive Path of Exile , they did not invent anything and trusted the engine, that is, the recommended settings. And then they turned off vertical sync and dynamic resolution. Sometimes light stators slip and very rare events fall below 20 fps, but this did not cause much discomfort.

Fans of World of Tanks recommend a high profile even for fast LT-esks. You can maneuver and hit on the go, if the WBR allows. Average speed is around 90 fps. The 0.1% Low is reduced to 35, but this is not felt in the game.

In War Thunder there is nothing special to comment on. With a high preset, we get 60 FPS on average. Nothing lags and does not freeze. The control allows you to conduct aimed fire to kill, but does not guarantee one-shots. In a word — I don’t want to play!

We rarely play Warframe because the game is undemanding and well optimized. In the comments, you will definitely remind us that we were running in the wrong place, and not at the right levels. But experienced users will see that with a high preset, we got 90 FPS on average, with very nice stats of 1 and 0.1% Low. And you will be able to predict the drop in frame rate in the locations you need.

Run in ARK Survival Evolved is only possible with a low preset. The average speed rises above 50 fps, but sometimes freezes slip through, which is not news at all for ARK. There are no complaints about management.

The RUST was played longer with the settings than with the test run. We are not big fans of this game, and the settings were selected, as always, by trial and error. In the final version, it turned out to run without friezes, with a pleasant average speed and sane statistics of rare and very rare events. But for this you need more than 10 GB of free RAM.

CS: GO was tested in the hardest mode Danger Zone in Full HD, but at low graphics settings. The average speed rose to around 100 fps and the rest of the statistics did not fall below 60. The control was completely comfortable and responsive. In classic mode on smaller maps it will be even more enjoyable.

Quake Champions itself offered a mixture of medium-low settings, but with a render reduction of up to 66%. The picture from this became soapy. We liked the low settings and 100% render option better. On a simple map, we get nice gameplay with an average speed of under 90 fps. On more spacious frames, the frame rate will be lower, but without friezes in tense moments.

Overwatch pleases with the level of optimization. The engine offered a medium preset with 100% rendering scale and a clear picture. There were no lags in the video sequence and Input lag in the controls. With straight arms and a head on the shoulders, it is played very comfortably.

Review Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce. No surcharge for upgrades

Introduction
It’s no secret that the situation in the markets of computer components has become so aggravated that even modified solutions with an improved cooling system and factory overclocking are offered to users at fairly affordable prices. For example, the latest generation Gigabyte-branded NVIDIA video cards have a good Windforce cooling system, additional factory overclocking, and are offered to users at the cost of a reference product, and sometimes even lower.
It’s nice to note that Gigabyte, being the main competitor of ASUS in the motherboard market, is not the latter in the graphics card market. That is why a precedent is being created when Gigabyte wants to strengthen its position through interesting and affordable products. It should be noted that the company succeeds. Video cards Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti OC Windforce, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC Windforce are in high demand among users. At the same time, it should be noted that the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce video cards appeared on the market recently, although they were announced almost immediately after the announcement of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660.

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NVIDIA is playing a catch-up role in the 2012 model year. She strives in every possible way to catch up and overtake AMD’s new products, but she does it with a delay of 1-2 quarters, which is unacceptable for such a rapidly developing segment of the economy as computer components. The new line of video cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 is formed by marketers of the company «on a boom». Video cards of different price segments are based on the cores of completely different video cards. At the same time, the products themselves do not turn out to be direct competitors to AMD products, but occupy an intermediate position. It’s also disappointing that the cost of new products released by NVIDIA also falls into an intermediate position, in accordance with the level of performance of the solution.

Consider a couple of examples. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 video card is based on a rather poor GK107 graphics core, which is practically not capable of anything in terms of gaming performance. Naturally, this is only in relation to modern gaming applications. At the same time, it has a narrow 120-bit data exchange bus and is offered for $120. The competitor offers AMD Radeon HD 7770, which is more interesting in terms of performance and also costs $120. In this case, the advantage is on the side of AMD products. At the same time, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti video card turns out to be based on a completely different core — GK106, on which the GeForce GTX 660 video cards are based. But unlike the older video card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti product is based on truncated defective cores — the number of computing units is reduced to 768 pieces, the data exchange bus is cut down to 128 bits instead of 192 bit for the older product and the amount of video memory has been cut down to 1024 megabytes. At the same time, they ask for $ 150 for a video card. Thus, in the range from $120 to $230, NVIDIA has a new product NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti, which a couple of years ago would have been called some kind of GeForce GTX 660LE or GeForce GTX 660XT, but not NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti. After all, since the time of GeForce 2, the prefix Ti means «Titanium Edition», that is, an improved product.

Now NVIDIA’s marketing policy is such that for an uncut product it’s Titanium, but of a younger family. These marketing moves should be considered when choosing video cards from this manufacturer. AMD products are another matter. Everything is neat and clear. Each generation of video cards is represented by at least two variations and is based on its own core. Yes, NVIDIA’s new products often turn out to be more interesting than some AMD solutions, but it should be understood that AMD is not idle — it creates a new generation of AMD Radeon HD 8000 video cards, while NVIDIA cannot fully build the existing line of solutions.

Many portals list NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti video cards as a direct competitor to AMD Radeon HD 7850. But, unfortunately, this is far from being the case. This is due to the fact that Kepler is not good enough to compensate for the truncated data exchange bus. Recall that AMD solutions have a 256-bit data exchange bus, while NVIDIA’s product has a 128-bit one. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti video card, both in price and performance, again occupies an intermediate position between two AMD video cards — Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon HD 7850. At the same time, the cost of the product also falls into this gap, but still gravitates more towards AMD Radeon HD 7850 than AMD Radeon HD 7770. Naturally, those who want to purchase the AMD Radeon HD 7770 product to play previous generations of games at standard resolutions, it makes sense to think about paying extra for the NVIDIA product, so we suggest considering the most interesting product Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce .


Equipment

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce comes in a standard box. On the front side of which the model and name of the available cooling system are indicated. On the back of the box, there is a description of the features of the WindForce cooling system and some product specifications — mostly general points.

The product package is standard and includes a video card, instructions, a disk with drivers and software, a PCI-Express power adapter.


Visual inspection of the video card

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti video card itself is short and somewhat reminiscent of the plug solutions that were used to assemble office configurations. In the case of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce, we are holding a solid product in our hands, which has become such thanks to a modified cooling system and a two-slot design.

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As you can see, a significant increase in the length of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce video card was achieved due to the cooling system.

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The video card has a complete set of ports for displaying images, which the reference product does not have. There are DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort ports.

A six-pin PCI-Express connector is used to provide additional power to the video card.


Video card specifications

2. Universal processors: 768

3. Memory type: GDDR5

4. Memory capacity: 1 GB

5. Video memory operating frequency: 1350 MHz

6. Bus 128 bit

7. PCI Express 3.0 bus

8. Recommended price: $150 US dollars

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce video card is factory overclocked to 1032 MHz, which is higher than even MSI Power Edition products.

It should be noted that the lack of GPU Boost technology on these video cards allows manufacturers and overclockers to achieve higher operating frequencies during overclocking.


Test configuration
For testing, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce video card is installed in the system unit:

1. Core i7-3770K processor.

2. Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE.

3.2×8 Gb Samsung Original DDR3-1600

4.WD 1TB WD1001FALS Caviar Black SATAII

5. Power supply FSP 700 W Golden.

6. Thermaltake Mambo case.

1. The temperature regime of the video card.

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The video card was tested under the following conditions:

— 27 degrees in the room,

— the video card is installed in a closed case,

— there are no additional cooling fans in the case,

— the load is applied until the temperatures are completely stabilized for 15 minutes.

The test results clearly show that the installed cooling system does its job well. This is largely due to the use of a cooling system, which is intended for older video cards with a higher level of heat dissipation.

2. Video card overclocking

Speaking of overclocking potential, it turned out to be tiny. On the core above 1142 MHz, it was not possible to go away; from memory, overclocking was limited to a figure of 1634 MHz.


Conclusion
The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Windforce video card is an interesting product for anyone who wants to buy a video card of this series. The user often receives for free a quiet, efficient cooling system with an almost limiting level of factory overclocking.

Overclocking a graphics card is easier than you think

Overclocking a video card is the first thing miners do today. This is almost a guarantee that if you are mining cryptocurrency with an overclocked video card, then you are in the game. Someone thinks that it is very difficult, and only advanced users can do it. In fact, overclocking a video card is easier than you think.

If you’ve never heard of it, overclocking your graphics card means tweaking your GPU’s clock speeds to get the most power out of it. Something like car tuning.

I want to note right away that one should not think that the video card will start working two or three times better. Usually it turns out to increase productivity by a maximum of 20%, which is already considered a good result. But with the help of overclocking, you can significantly reduce the power consumption of the video card. Sometimes it is possible to reduce the consumption of electricity by 60% of its usual consumption, which can be noticeable for miners.

What you need to overclock the video card

You can overclock the video card using the appropriate software.

MSI Afterburner — even the greenest beginners can use it to get the most out of their card. One of the oldest overclocking tools, but still one of the best, MSI Afterburner has become a staple in PC overclocking.

AMD Overdrive — Unlike MSI Afterburner, AMD Overdrive only supports AMD’s own GPUs while still offering one of the most impressive ways to speed up your PC.

EVGA Precision X — This program has become one of the most popular overclocking tools on the market among gamers who are trying to get the most out of their computers. Unfortunately, EVGA PrecisionX only works with Nvidia graphics cards.

CPU-Z and GPU-Z are two free programs that allow you to examine the hardware in detail and identify opportunities for improvement. CPU-Z and GPU-Z give you a detailed analysis of how your computer or laptop is performing. To use them, you need to understand something about computers.

SetFSB is a program for advanced users.

MSI Afterburner

MSI Afterburner is enough to overclock your graphics card and what’s more, this program is easy to use.

The first thing you need to do is download and install MSI Afterburner. Once you’ve downloaded and installed MSI Afterburner, run it, and this is where the fun begins.

In the middle, just below the circles, is your GeForce GTX 650 Ti GPU.

If you have multiple GPUs installed, an arrow will appear next to the name of the card, clicking on which you can see a list of all installed cards and select each one individually or select all at once to configure.

On the left, you are given statistics about the clock speeds your GPUs are running at.

On the right side, you can see the temperature of your chosen GPU.

Direct overclocking of the video card

Now it’s time to make the necessary changes

1. First you need to move the «Memory Clock» slider to 600.

You can specify more, but the stability of the system may be broken. If you specified more than 600 and your farm stopped working, return the value 600.

2. Now you need to set the «Power limit» to 65.

By adjusting the power limit to 65, you will significantly reduce the power consumed by the GPU. You should not go below 65. Otherwise, your processor will not receive enough power to work properly.

3. Now click the checkmark. This will apply your new settings.

4. Don’t forget to click on the small Windows logo below the «Start» button.

This will allow MSI Afterburner to open on Windows startup. Your new settings only work when MSI Afterburner is open. So MSI Afterburner will open itself and apply your settings when you reboot or turn it on.

5. Make sure your farm is stable.

After overclocking the video card, you need to make sure that it works stably. If the “Memory Clock” is set too high, the system may crash after 20-30 minutes. If this happens, reduce the memory frequency or possibly increase the power level (Power Limit). Continue adjusting the settings until the system is stable.

If you still set the values ​​as indicated in the article, 100% that your system will work stably and you will not have to adjust it again.

As you can see, in order to overclock a video card, you need to install the program and specify only 2 parameters in it. By the way, MSI Afterburner allows you to reduce the fan speed if you want your farm to be less noisy. It is usually not recommended to do this if the temperature in the room where the farm is located is not cold enough. It’s just a feature of the program that you should be aware of.

GeForce GTX 650 Ti Graphics Card

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Overview

Powered by the fast and power-efficient NVIDIA® Kepler™ architecture, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card delivers up to 40% more performance than the GeForce GTX 650 GPU, delivering stunning DirectX performance 11, 1080p HD clarity in your favorite first-person shooter, real-time strategy and massively multiplayer online games.

Kepler architecture

Kepler is our most advanced GPU architecture. Optimized for DirectX 11, Kepler’s architecture is not only fast, but also remarkably power efficient.

Performance

See how the GeForce GTX 650 performs in the latest games.

Smoother gaming

Adaptive V-Sync plays every frame smoothly to minimize tearing while maximizing performance.

NVIDIA GameStream

Want to play away from your PC? NVIDIA GameStream Technology harnesses the power of the GeForce ® GTX GPU and unique high-speed game streaming technology, allowing you to play PC games on your SHIELD handheld anywhere you have high-speed Internet access.

Enhance your experience

Enjoy PC gaming on three monitors with NVIDIA Surround. Turn on PhysX and 3D Vision technologies for extra immersion in the game.

Features

Kepler GPU Architecture

The NVIDIA Kepler GPU architecture was built from the ground up not only for maximum performance in the latest DirectX 11-enabled games, but also for optimal performance per watt. The new streaming multiprocessor structure is twice as efficient as the previous generation multiprocessor structure, and the new geometry engine builds triangles twice as fast. The result is world-class performance and high image quality on an elegant and energy-efficient graphics card.

  • Performance chart.

NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync

Nothing is more distracting than jitter and tearing. The first occurs when the frame rate is low, the second occurs when it is too high. Adaptive V-Sync technology is a great way to process frames. At high frame rates, V-sync is enabled to eliminate tearing, and at low frame rates, V-sync is disabled to minimize judder. This allows you not to be distracted, so you can continue the game.

NVIDIA GameStream

Want to play away from your PC? NVIDIA GameStream Technology harnesses the power of the GeForce® GTX GPU and unique high-speed game streaming technology, allowing you to play PC games on your SHIELD handheld anywhere you have high-speed Internet access.

NVIDIA 3D Vision Support

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NVIDIA 3D Vision Vision technology provides users with an incredibly immersive stereoscopic 3D experience. The 3D Vision solution is a combination of high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software that turns hundreds of PC games into true stereoscopic 3D. What’s more, you can enjoy stunning crystal-clear quality when watching 3D movies and digital photos in 3D with 3DVisionLive.com.

NVIDIA Surround with up to four monitors

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Nothing is more exciting than playing your favorite game on three screens. At 5760×1080 resolution, the extended field of view fully captures peripheral vision and provides the most immersive racing and flight simulation experience. Add a fourth display for chat, email or web browsing while you play.

Two new anti-aliasing modes: FXAA and TXAA

Anti-aliasing evens out jagged edges in an image, but can be very demanding on frame rates. FXAA is a new anti-aliasing technology that delivers beautifully smooth lines with minimal performance impact. With Kepler architecture-based GPUs, you can enable FXAA in hundreds of games through the NVIDIA Control Panel.

The second mode, TXAA, is an in-game option that combines MSAA, temporal filtering, and post-processing for even higher image fidelity.

NVIDIA PhysX® Technology

Full support for PhysX technology is the foundation of a whole new class of physical interactions in games, providing even more dynamic and realistic graphics when working with GeForce graphics cards.

1 — NVIDIA 3D Vision requires NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses and a 3D Vision Ready display to run successfully. More information is available at www.nvidia.ru/3dvision.
2 — NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology requires 3D Vision glasses and three 3D Vision capable displays. In addition to the Dual-Link DVI adapter, a DisplayPort adapter may be required to connect one of the 3D Vision Surround capable monitors. More information is available at www.nvidia.ru/surround.

Specifications

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti

CUDA Core
768
Base clock
928MHz
Texture Fill Rate
59. 2
Memory speed (

Gbps )

5.4
Memory capacity
1024MB
Memory interface
128-bit GDDR5
Maximum memory bandwidth
86.4
FXAA and TXAA
Purevideo
3D Vision
PhysX
Software environment
CUDA
DirectX
11
OpenGL
4. 3
Tire
PCI-E 3.0
3D Games
Blu Ray 3D
Maximum digital resolution
4096×2160
Maximum resolution

VGA

2048×1536
Media connection
  • Mini HDMI
  • Dual Link DVI-D
  • Dual Link DVI-I
Multi-Display Support

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Maximum temperature
105 C
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110W
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400W
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Gtx 650 gigabyte 2gb overclocking

Did you know that your graphics card can do more? Almost any video card can be overclocked, allowing you to significantly increase its performance. We will tell you more about how the video card is overclocked using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 as an example. that the overclocking procedure is fraught with a complete failure of your device, which means that you should perform all further actions with extreme caution and at your own peril and risk.

The principle of overclocking a video card

To carry out overclocking, we need two utilities — one informational, which will conduct a stress test of the video card, checking its performance, and the other, respectively, to carry out the overclocking procedure itself.

To overclock the video card, we will use the NVIDIA Inspector program, which is a free tool to unlock the video card and enhance the performance of some parameters.

And, of course, you should definitely download the program for conducting a stress test, with the help of which we will find out how much the overclocking procedure is displayed on the video card. You can use any program to test a video card, but in our example we will focus on Furmark.

    When overclocked, the video card will consume significantly more heat, which means that, first of all, we should increase the heat dissipation limit. To do this, launch NVIDIA Inspector and click on the «Show Overclocking» button in the lower right corner. Next, set the parameters shown in the screenshot to the maximum (the video card will make more noise, but the performance increase will also be noted).

Now you can start overclocking. To begin with, the memory is overclocked, the frequency of which should be increased by no more than 100 MHz. Immediately after applying the new setting, run a test in Furmark and check the quality of the picture, which should not show any delays or artifacts. The duration of testing is approximately 10 minutes, after which you can close it and increase the frequency further (but this time by no more than 50 MHz).

After increasing, again, start testing. At the slightest artifact, you should slightly reduce the frequency and check the performance to identify the ideal setting for overclocking.

Having decided on the frequency, you should monitor the temperature, because in no case should you allow the video card to overheat. To do this, start testing the video card for 30 minutes. After the specified time, check the temperature indicator: if it even slightly exceeds 90 degrees, the video card cannot cope with the selected frequency, which means that it will need to be lowered. Normally, the temperature of the video card during testing should fluctuate between 75-90 degrees.

Actually, we hope we were able to prove to you that overclocking a video card is a simple procedure, however, you should be especially careful, since an excessive increase in frequency can lead to a complete failure of the video card.

Did you know that your video card is capable of more? Almost any video card can be overclocked, allowing you to significantly increase its performance. We will tell you more about how a video card is overclocked using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 as an example.

Please note that the instructions below are suitable not only for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 video card, but also for other models of video cards, however, we cannot but warn that the overclocking procedure is fraught with a complete failure of your device, which means that perform all further actions with extreme caution and at your own peril and risk.

The principle of overclocking a video card

To carry out overclocking, we need two utilities — one informational, which will conduct a stress test of the video card, checking its performance, and the other, respectively, to carry out the overclocking procedure itself.

To overclock the video card, we will use the program NVIDIA Inspector , which is a free tool to unlock the video card and enhance the work of some parameters.

And, of course, you should definitely download the program for conducting a stress test, with the help of which we will find out how much the overclocking procedure is displayed on the video card. You can use any program to test a video card, but in our example we will focus on Furmark.

    When overclocked, the video card will consume significantly more heat, which means that, first of all, we should increase the heat dissipation limit. To do this, launch NVIDIA Inspector and click on the «Show Overclocking» button in the lower right corner. Next, set the parameters shown in the screenshot to the maximum (the video card will make more noise, but the performance increase will also be noted).

Now you can start overclocking. To begin with, the memory is overclocked, the frequency of which should be increased by no more than 100 MHz. Immediately after applying the new setting, run a test in Furmark and check the quality of the picture, which should not show any delays or artifacts. The duration of testing is approximately 10 minutes, after which you can close it and increase the frequency further (but this time by no more than 50 MHz).

After increasing, again, start testing. At the slightest artifact, you should slightly reduce the frequency and check the performance to identify the ideal setting for overclocking.

Having decided on the frequency, you should monitor the temperature, because in no case should you allow the video card to overheat. To do this, start testing the video card for 30 minutes. After the specified time, check the temperature indicator: if it even slightly exceeds 90 degrees, the video card cannot cope with the selected frequency, which means that it will need to be lowered. Normally, the temperature of the video card during testing should fluctuate between 75-90 degrees.

Actually, we hope we were able to prove to you that overclocking a video card is a simple procedure, however, you should be especially careful, since an excessive increase in frequency can lead to a complete failure of the video card.