These are the hardware specifications of our recently updated graphics card test rig:
- Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz)
- ASUS P9X79 Pro (Intel X79 chipset) Motherboard
- 4 x 2GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill Ripjaws Memory
- Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive (OS)
- Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 RPM 1TB SATA hard drive (Benchmarks + Games)
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Here's the list of cards we'll be testing and the drivers used.
- MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr III OC 2GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 314.22 / 314.21)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 314.21 Beta)
- Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC 2GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 314.21 Beta)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 314.21 Beta)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 310.90)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 314.14)
- ASUS Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU2 1GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta)
- AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 13.2 Beta)
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.
- Futuremark 3DMark 11
- Crysis 3
- Overclocking (Futuremark 3DMark 11)
- Power Consumption