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MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr III OC (N650Ti TF 2GD5 /OC BE) review

MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr III OC - Game for Another Mid-Range Kepler?

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Overall rating 8/10
Performance:
8
Features:
8
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Good all-round performance
Excellent cooling system
Low power draw, especially at idle
THE BAD
Could have bundled a good game title
Lack of a gamer-centric cooler shroud design


3DMark 11, Crysis 3 & Overclocking Results

3DMark 11 Results

We put the overclocked MSI Gaming card through its paces with 3DMark 11 that is designed to test the card's performance at various aspects of DirectX 11 such as tessellation and DirectCompute. As expected, due to its slightly higher overclocked GK104 core, the card pulled ahead of the other two custom cards from ASUS and Palit with winning margins in the range of approximately 4 to 6 per cent at both presets of the synthetic benchmark.

The scores for the MSI gaming card were very similar despite the two versions of the NVIDIA ForceWare drivers we used to test. This observation was consistent for the most of the benchmarks. The only difference it made was the newer ForceWare drivers dispelled the technical issue we faced when we operated Fraps and Crysis 3 together. The MSI card was bested by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 and the AMD Radeon HD 7850 at the Performance preset; while at the Extreme preset, only the GeForce GTX 660 card proved triumphant over the rest of the cards.

 

Crysis 3 Results

The MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr III OC card continued to dominate other custom overclocked GeForce GTX 650 Ti cards. Although it was the best performing card on all fronts, it is evident the card is not powerful enough to handle Crysis 3, one of our toughest gaming benchmark due to its extreme amounts of tessellation, per-pixel per-object motion blur, Bokeh Depth of Field, displacement mapping, particle and volumetric lighting and fog shadows.

At the highest detail settings, with anti-aliasing disabled, the MSI Gaming card managed to churn out an average frame rate of roughly 35 at the video resolution of 1680 by 1050 pixels. The card, as well as the rest of the competitive SKUs, failed to generate frame rates above thirty frames per second (fps) for the rest of the resolutions tested. When anti-aliasing was turned on, the MSI Gaming card failed to complete its run at the resolution of 2560 x 1600 when its drivers were of version 314.21. After an update to version 314.22, it only managed to churn out a paltry 8.8fps. Clearly, this range of cards are meant to tackle games in full HD resolution at medium quality settings or less than full HD resolution at high quality settings.

     

 

Overclocking Results

We managed to boost the MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr III OC to 1140MHz, with its memory overclocked to 6880MHz GDDR5. We expected the card to reach similar clockspeeds exhibited by the custom GeForce GTX 650 Ti cards from ASUS and Palit; however, the MSI Gaming card was about 4.3 per cent lower than the ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC.

In terms of actual performance against the top custom OC GTX 650 Ti Boost card, the MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr III OC pulled ahead by a thin margin of 0.2 per cent at Performance preset while losing by about 1.3 per cent at the Extreme preset. On the whole, the MSI Gaming card experienced performance gains in the range of approximately 8- to 9 per cent increments when it was overclocked compared to its out-of-the box capability.