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ASUS GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP

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Posted October 9, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards

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Release Date: October 9, 2012
 
Specifications: 1033MHz Core, 1350MHz memory, 128-Bit bus, 1GB GDDR5
 
Price at time of Review: $175
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great value, Outstanding temperatures and low noise, LED power indicator, Utility software, Factory overclock
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Very long cooler design
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Excellent card design and value performer, but it comes with a very long cooler design as a tradeoff.
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by Jake
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Summary

We were suitably impressed by the release of the Nvidia GTX 660 Ti not long ago, as it packed some excellent horsepower, beating the AMD cards in the performance market segment. Upon hearing of the GTX 650 Ti in the mix, we have to admit to being a bit apprehensive, wondering what differences would show up, and what price range this new card would occupy. As it turns out, we needn’t have worried, as Nvidia has expanded their lineup and made a strong showing with the GTX 650 Ti.

However, while this new card shares a very similar nomenclature to the 660 Ti, the reality is the GTX 650 Ti isn’t nearly as powerful nor as expensive though either, and focuses on the competition’s Radeon 7850 and 7770 offerings in the mid-range segment. In that context, we’ve heard rumors that AMD is prepping price drops in response to the GTX 650 Ti, and though we can’t definitively analyze wishful thinking, we can say that’s good news for consumers. That said, we can’t envision the 7850 dropping to compete with the 650 Ti, so that should leave this new Kepler card without much competition in its price segment.

In terms of performance, the ASUS GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP manages to post a respectable improvement over the reference design due to the factory overclock, and can perform at 1920 resolution, provided the image quality settings are lowered, as the 1GB of memory and lesser CUDA cores are strained. Beyond simple framerates, we’re a bit surprised by what appears to be overkill with this DirectCUI II cooler on a modestly priced card, but the positive tradeoff of the huge size is the absurdly low temperatures and noise levels. .

The ASUS GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP continues a strong Kepler product lineup, providing respectable horsepower and outstanding temperatures and noise levels at an excellent value price point that we think will put pressure on the competition.

ASUS GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP

 

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