ASUS GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP
OverviewHardware: Video Cards
WHAT WE LIKED:Great value, Outstanding temperatures and low noise, LED power indicator, Utility software, Factory overclock
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Very long cooler design
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It hasn’t been long since we saw the launch of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 660, a graphics card which managed to impress us, packing some respectable horsepower into a small frame, and carrying a rather nice price tag. To date, nothing in Nvidia’s Kepler stable matched up against AMD’s more budget-range Radeon 7850 and 7770 cards though, but that’s about to change with today’s launch of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti is the latest in the Kepler lineup, and while it may share a similar naming scheme as the GTX 660 Ti, it has some very distinct differences, not the least of which is a considerably lower price tag. Costing about $149 for the reference design (and not much more for most partner cards), this creates a very interesting scenario, as it sits just above the Radeon 7770 in terms of price, so the question is whether this new Kepler card has the horsepower to compete in areas other than simply price.
Beyond the reference design card, however, some manufacturers are taking what appears to already be an impressive product and pushing things further, with improved power distribution, custom heatsinks for lower temperatures, factory overclocked settings, and even enthusiast tweaking capabilities for enthusiasts who want to extract the most out of their graphics card. ASUS is bringing all of these to consumers with the GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP.