Besides the reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti, our other test card will be ASUS' GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP, which as usual with ASUS' TOP edition cards, boasts a sizeable core clock boost of 105MHz from 925MHz to 1033MHz, which translates to around 11% improvement. This is probably the most you will see actual game performance improve over the reference card.
If you didn't know any better, you might have guessed that the card you're looking at is a GeForce GTX 680. This card looks anything unlike the compact NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card, but ASUS' GTX 650 Ti is indeed an oversized version of the reference counterpart. ASUS has opted for its traditional DirectCU II cooler, comprising of dual fans mounted on an array of cooling fins connected to three copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU.
While the big cooler does give the card a more premium look, which many gamers may prefer due to its similarity to high-end graphics cards, it does of course mean that ASUS's design is not as compact as NVIDIA's. At a sizable 274 x 120 x 35mm, and requiring two slots (compared to one for NVIDIA), it's definitely not a good choice if space is a premium in your rig. Of course with such a huge cooler, one would expect ASUS to perform wonders in its operating temperatures. Unfortunately, that's not quite the case as you'll see in our respective test results page.
The ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP retails for S$299 and comes with a three-year warranty. A much less mildly overclocked edition (denoted by the "OC" moniker instead of "TOP") whose core clock is set at 954MHz has its price listed as S$279.