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MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr OC

Posted April 16, 2013 by Jake in Video Cards







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Price at time of Review: $180


Excellent performance against AMD; Low temperatures; Quiet fans; Sleek styling


No free games like AMD's products
With an enticing blend of strong features and excellent performance, MSI has done a fantastic job with the GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr OC.
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by Jake
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There’s been quite a bit of action recently in the graphics card industry, with AMD having launched the Radeon HD 7790, and Nvidia countering with the GTX 650 Ti Boost. Both look to capitalize on the lucrative sub-$200 market, giving gamers of modest means some great options to enjoy.

The GTX 650 Ti Boost is an evolution of sorts, as the vanilla GTX 650 Ti originally launched to combat the Radeon 7770 in the $150-$200 segment. AMD updated with the 7790, and Nvidia now has the Boost. It is indeed a Boost, not a “new” model per se; maintaining the same core with a bit of extra goodness in the specifications, Nvidia is looking to shove aside the Radeon 7790 and capture the attention and profits available in mainstream gamers’ pockets.

In terms of specific Nvidia models to hit the shelves, today we’re examining the MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr OC model. Talk about a mouthful, try saying that three times quickly. In any event, we’ve seen several Twin Frozr models from MSI in the past, and have always come away impressed by the excellent temperatures and low noise, not to mention overclocked goodness and resulting performance.

Will today prove similar? Can the MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr OC shove aside the Radeon 7790 and capture the minds and hearts of budget-conscious gamers? Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll see some unicorns and mermaid tears in the process.

Melodramatics aside, let’s dive in and see how things shake out.




    Thanks for the article, and the crop of the latest games you tested is great. However, i was linked here from TechPowerUp, and was shocked that “PureOverclock” didn’t include an overclocking test when reviewing a graphics card.


      Thanks for the feedback, and a good point. There are 2 reasons we don’t do overclocking on certain cards. Either:

      1. deadlines don’t leave enough time (which was the case with this review), or;

      2. budget cards. Overclocking budget cards rarely provide significant gains in overall framerate performance, and often such cards are also not designed for the additional voltage and stress that overclocking causes. Budget cards don’t really have improved power designs, better components, etc and we don’t typically want to condone pushing a card that will considerably reduce the lifespan. It can be done, but the short timeframe of a review overclock isn’t the same as running a big overclock 24/7 for months at a time like a typical user would expect. Not much point, really.

      We’re hoping for a few higher end cards, if we’re lucky, and can overclock. But it’s unlikely since the flagship Radeons and GeForce cards have run their course in the lineups. We’re mostly just seeing budget card releases these days until Q3-Q4 when we anticipate next gen stuff will launch.


    Thanks for the response Jake, i appreciate you taking the time. I understand the points you make, and they are accurate.

    However, for example; i was able to push my Zodac 650ti Boost to 1175mhz (boost clock) up from ~1050mhz and it made about a 4-5fps difference in Tomb Raider. Up from about 45fps (30min) to 50fps (32min). Im not going as far to say that it makes the game more playable or anything, but ill take all i can get.

    But again, thanks for the test. Ive started reading PureOverclock thanks to your review.


    Wow did anyone else notice this? Notice how close the regular GTX 650 Ti is in FPS to the GTX 650 Ti Boost in this review? On every game it is only around 2FPS difference. And the Regular non Boost GTX 650 Ti is priced $100-$120 price range., And the GTX 650 Ti boost is priced $160-$180, The price difference does not at all justify 2FPS increase. From what I see in this review the 2 have performance very close to each other. This must be the reason why they never bench the non Boost GTX 650 Ti lately. This is the only review with a recent Bench of the regular GTX 650 Ti, Back in 2012 when the card first came out and was bench marked, The drivers were not very good with the 600 series. Most GPU reviews that included the regular 650 Ti for comparison just used the older benchmarks. I bet if if a bench was done with the latest drivers It would show even more of increase. I have never had a problem getting my 650 Ti non boost to run at max settings with playable FPS. About the only problem with the card is in allot of games the Anti-Aliasing has to be turned down to low in order to keep it at playable FPS with Max settings. However with any card under $200 you are going to have that problem. that being said anyone with a low budget can have a great GPU, And that is a very wonderful thing! Honestly with GPU’s like the non Boost GTX 650 Ti at the $120 price range. I actually paid $98 for mine after rebate, And the AMD R7 260x is another good example, The 260x is also a great performer and it cost $139 at newegg and has a rebate offer, With these options It is really just a waste of money to go above $150 for a GPU. Yes more powerful cards are nicer and wonderful, However by the time the GTX 650 Ti or ATI R7 260x needs to be upgraded (Like DX12) those Higher powered cards will need upgraded too. And guess what? Much more money. Understand I am not knocking or hating on the more expensive higher performance cards, If you have a good amount of extra money to play with and use, And a $200-$400 or higher GPU is what you really want then that is not at all a bad thing. As a matter of fact it would be a very wonderful thing. If I had the extra money trust me I would be rocking the GTX 780Ti and loving it. But with a tight budget like me spending over the $150 range is a waste of money when the lower price card will do the exact same job.

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