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MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition

Posted October 22, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards







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Specifications: 933MHz/1350MHz, 1GB GDDR5
Price at time of Review: $160


Good performance, Excellent overclocking, Great value, Low temperatures and noise, Factory overclock


Long PCB design, End-mounted power connector, Open heatsink won't fully exhaust warm air
Good budget gaming card with factory overclock and low temperatures.
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by Jake
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We then settled in for some overclocking of the core and memory clocks in MSI Afterburner after applying a voltage bump, and achieved the following result:

The GTX 650 Ti Power Edition topped out with a final overclock of 1145MHz Core and 1630MHz Memory, for an outstanding 22% and 20% increase, respectively.

In terms of actual gaming performance increase, here’s what resulted in Battlefield 3:

As you can see, the increase is rather impressive, about 18% overall.


As we’ve seen with the previous Kepler-based cards, they’ve proven to be impressive, in terms of performance, innovation, features, and value offered to consumers. The GTX 650 Ti continues that trend, albeit in a more tempered fashion, as it’s not the juggernaut of its more powerful siblings. While this new card shares 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 that context, the MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition manages to beat the 7770 in nearly every regard, though the 7850 is just out of reach. That’s not surprising since the 7850 is considerably more expensive and really shouldn’t be considered a reasonable alternative in a similar price structure. We’ve heard rumors that AMD is pondering 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 all alone in the $160 threshold.

In terms of performance, the MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition 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, the overall card size is a bit larger than we hoped but the positive tradeoff is the low temperatures and noise levels. The only real downsides to note here are the power connector is end-mounted rather than side-mounted, and the heatsink shroud is entirely open and will dump the heat into the case, so good internal airflow is key here in order to take advantage of the great temperatures.

At a price of $160, this MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition is a good buy. There is some competition from a couple of AMD’s cards if you look around, as the 7850 doesn’t cost too much more but is a good jump in performance. That said, if you really need to stick to a modest budget, then this MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition provides respectable horsepower, low temperatures and noise levels at a price point that we think can work well for consumers.

MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition



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