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Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti

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Posted October 9, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards

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Release Date: October 9, 2012
 
Specifications: 928MHz Core, 1350MHz Memory, 128-Bit bus, 1GB GDDR5
 
Price at time of Review: $149
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great value, Low temperatures and noise, Short PCB design
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Cooler doesn't exhaust warm air out the rear
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Great gaming value for consumers on a modest budget.
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Summary

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 a very similar nomenclature to the 660 Ti, the reality is this 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 GTX 650 Ti manages to generally beat the 7770 in nearly every regard, though the 7850 is 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 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 all alone in the $150 threshold.

In terms of performance, the GTX 650 Ti can perform at 1920 resolution as Nvidia claims, although the image quality settings will need to be lowered, as most modern game engine will strain this card past its capabilities with its 1GB of memory and lesser CUDA cores. That shoudn’t be a problem though, as it’s a great bit of kit for $150, and we’ll be seeing several partner cards with custom coolers and factory overclock speeds for only $10 more on average. That’s a very good deal for gamers on a modest budget, as the GTX 650 Ti has enough juice for medium-duty gaming, while being rather power frugal and sporting low noise and temperatures at load.

We continue to be impressed by Nvidia’s Kepler products, and the GTX 650 Ti is no different, packing strong features and respectable horsepower at a price point that we think will entice gamers on a modest budget.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti

 

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