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Meet the Custom Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost
This week, NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, a mid-range card designed to fill the S$250-$350 price gap currently found between the S$250 GeForce GTX 650 Ti and S$350 GeForce GTX 660. In our review of the reference card, we found it to offer great performance and value for its specifications. In fact, it topped our price-performance ratio chart, offering the most FPS per US$1. Our only nitpicks were that the reference design cooler was quite a bit larger than the original GTX 650 Ti, and that its overclocking capabilities seemed quite average. Today, we're going to find out if a custom cooler edition can solve those problems, as we look at models from ASUS and Palit.
Meet the ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC
ASUS' GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost uses ASUS' popular DirectCU II custom cooler that comprises of two copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU, cooled by two 80mm fans. The card is overclocked on the core to 1020MHz with memory remaining at the reference 6008MHz DDR.
The cooler design is thankfully much smaller than the reference design with the card measuring 214 x 117 x 37 mm - although, it is still not as compact as the reference and custom designs for the basic GTX 650 Ti.
The ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC is priced at S$309 and comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
Meet the Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC
Palit's GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost also uses a dual 80mm fan custom cooler design with two copper heatpipes in contact with the GPU. The card is running a very modest overclock on the core to 1006MHz, with memory also raised to 6108MHz DDR.
The card is slightly more compact than ASUS' design, measuring 194 x 111 x 37 mm, and has a more complete fan shroud that covers the entire PCB.
The Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC is priced at S$299 and comes with a 2-year limited warranty. You can compare the full spec-list between the tested cards in this table below:-
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