These are the hardware specifications of our recently updated graphics card test rig:
Here's the list of cards we'll be testing and the drivers used.
We tested the MSI Gaming card with the latest NVIDIA Foreceware drivers version 314.22 as well as its previous version of 314.21 so that its results can be fairly compared with its two main competitors, which are the ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5 and the Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC 2GB GDDR5.
As we had mentioned earlier, the MSI Gaming card, when compared to the custom overclocked ASUS and Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost ones, is slightly overclocked beyond their specifications, so we naturally expect it to turn in better performance levels. As such, we will be paying more attention to the MSI Gaming card's overclocking potential, temperature and power consumption. For this, we've chosen to streamline our results reporting to a very select set of benchmarks as outlined below. For a full set of comparison results with more benchmarks, you may tune in to our older GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost article, and at the same time, gain a better understanding of the GK106 Kepler core on which these overclocked graphics cards are based on.