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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost - The New & Improved Mid-Range Kepler

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Performance:
8.5
Features:
7.5
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Close to GTX 660 performance
Great value
THE BAD
Average overclocking potential
Reference design is bigger than the original GTX 650 Ti


Meet the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost

Meet the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost

Last October, NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, a mid-range, Kepler-based graphics card aimed at providing high-quality, Full HD, DX11 gaming at an affordable price. While we were generally quite impressed with the card, we were disappointed that NVIDIA's GPU Boost technology, a standout feature found on other higher-end Kepler-based graphics cards that dynamically adjusts GPU clock speed according to the operating environment of the graphics card, was missing.

Today, NVIDIA is releasing the new and improved GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, an updated version of the original GTX 650 Ti with a higher 980MHz core clock speed, 6008MHz DDR memory speed, 2GB VRAM and most notably, full support for GPU Boost.

Still using the same mid-range GK106 GPU core, the GTX 650 Ti Boost actually has a lot more in common with the GeForce GTX 660 than the GTX 650 Ti. Both have the same number of transistors, the same 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, the same port layout (two DVI, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort), the same core and memory clock speeds, the same 192-bit memory interface and the same 144.2GB/s memory bandwidth. Both share the same reference design cooler as well. In fact, the only difference between the two is that the GTX 660 has 192 more CUDA Cores, 16 more Texture Mapping Units, and 8 more ROPs. 

 

With an SRP of US$169, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost neatly fills the mid-range gap currently existing between the US$129 GeForce GTX 650 Ti and the US$199 GeForce GTX 660.

Rounding out NVIDIA's mid-range lineup, a 1GB version of the GTX 650 Ti Boost will also be available for US$149 (which will directly compete with AMD's recently released US$149 Radeon HD 7790).

Along with the US$109 GeForce GTX 650, that gives gamers no less than five options to choose from between the US$100-200 range.

Local pricing for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost is expected to be around S$250-300. We'll update you more on the local price aspects as soon as we take a look at some custom edition cards.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost and competitive SKUs compared
  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 AMD Radeon HD 7790 AMD Radeon HD 7770 AMD Radeon HD 7850
Core Code
  • GK106
  • GK106
  • GK106
  • Bonaire
  • Cape Verde XT
  • Pitcairn Pro
GPU Transistor Count
  • 2.54 billion
  • 2.54 billion
  • 2.54 Billion
  • 2.08 billion
  • 1.5 billion
  • 2.8 billion
Manufacturing Process
  • 28nm
  • 28nm
  • 28nm
  • 28nm
  • 28nm
  • 28nm
Core Clock
  • 980MHz
  • 925MHz
  • 980MHz
  • 1000MHz
  • 1000MHz
  • 860MHz
Stream Processors
  • 768 CUDA cores
  • 768 CUDA cores
  • 960 CUDA cores
  • 896
  • 640
  • 1024
Stream Processor Clock
  • 980MHz
  • 925MHz
  • 980MHz
  • 1000MHz
  • 1000MHz
  • 860MHz
Texture Mapping Units (TMUs)
  • 64
  • 64
  • 80
  • 56
  • 40
  • 64
Raster Operator units (ROP)
  • 16
  • 16
  • 24
  • 16
  • 16
  • 32
Memory Clock (DDR)
  • 6008MHz
  • 5400MHz
  • 6008MHz DDR
  • 6000MHz
  • 4500MHz
  • 4800MHz
Memory Bus width
  • 192-bit
  • 128-bit
  • 192-bit
  • 128-bit
  • 128-bit
  • 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth
  • 144.2GB/s
  • 86.4GB/s
  • 144.2GB/s
  • 96 GB/s
  • 72 GB/s
  • 153.6 GB/s
PCI Express Interface
  • PCIe v3.0 x16
  • PCIe v3.0 x16
  • PCIe v3.0 x16
  • PCIe v3.0 x16
  • PCIe v3.0 x16
  • PCIe v3.0 x16
Power Connectors
  • 1 x 6-pin PCIe
  • 1 x 6-pin PCIe
  • 1 x six-pin Molex PCIe power connector
  • 1 x 6-pin
  • 1 x 6-pin
  • 1 x 6-pin
Multi GPU Technology
  • SLI
  • Not supported
  • SLI
  • CrossFireX
  • CrossFireX
  • CrossFireX
DVI Outputs
  • 1 x DVI-D
  • 1 x DVI-I
  • 2 x dual-link DVI-D
  • 1 x DVI-I, 1 x DVI-D
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
HDMI Outputs
  • 1
  • 1 x mini-HDMI
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
DisplayPort Outputs
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1