NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Review

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In the final analysis of our AMD Radeon HD 7790 review, which launched last week, we mentioned that the mainstream GPU landscape would likely change again by the time the 7790 was actually available on store shelves. Although we posted a full review of the card on March 22, they aren’t slated to go on sale until April 2.

Today we're making it clear why we made that statement about the changing GPU landscape. To counter the just-announced Radeon HD 7790, NVIDIA is already launching a new card of its own, which is somewhat of a cross between the GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GeForce GTX 660. The new GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST that we’ll be showing you here today takes the CUDA core and texture unit configuration of the GTX 650 Ti and the memory controller and ROP configuration of the GTX 660 and melds them together on a new product that drops in right between the two in NVIDIA’s current GPU lineup.

NVIDIA is also doing some rejiggering of its price structure, which makes the company’s entire mid-range lineup more affordable. Take a peek at the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST and its specifications and features below, and then we’ll dig in with a closer look at a retail-ready version from EVGA and some benchmarks...


Specifications & Features

Processing Units
Graphics Processing Clusters 2 or 3
SMXs 4
CUDA Cores 768
Texture Units 64
ROP Units 24
Clock Speeds
Base Clock 980 MHz
Boost Clock 1033 MHz
Memory Clock (Data Rate) 6008 MHz
L2 Cache Size 384 KB
Total Video Memory 2048MB
Memory Interface 192-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 144.2 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 62.7 GigaTexels/sec
Physical & Thermal
Fabrication Process 28 nm
Transistor Count 2.54 Billion
Connectors 2 x Dual-Link DVI, 1 x Mini HDMI
Form Factor Dual Slot
Power Connectors 1 x 6-pin
Recommended Power Supply 450 watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 134 watts
Thermal Threshold 98° C


Like the GeForce GTX 660 and the GTX 650 Ti that came before it, the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST is based on NVIDIA's GK106 GPU. Although the GK106 features all of the same technology as NVIDIA’s more powerful Kepler-based graphics processors, like the GK104, the GK106 is somewhat smaller and scaled-down versus its higher-end counterparts.

Above is a list of the GK106's main features and specifications, as the chip is configured on the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST.  As you can see, the GK106 is manufactured using TSMC’s 28nm process node and it is comprised of approximately 2.54 billion transistors. The GPU features two or three Graphics Processing Clusters (GPC) with four SMXs and a total of 768 CUDA cores. There are also 64 texture units and 24 ROPs within the GPU, along with 384K of L2 cache. Memory is linked to the GPU via a 192-bit memory interface.

In comparison to the GeForce GTX 660, the new 650 Ti BOOST has a similar memory interface and cache configuration but with fewer CUDA cores and texture units, which results in lower compute performance and fillrate but similar memory bandwidth.

NVIDIA’s reference specifications call for a base GPU clock of 980MHz on the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, with a boost clock of 1033MHz and a memory clock of 1502MHz (6008MHz effective). At those frequencies, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST will offer up to 144.2GB/s of memory bandwidth and 62.7GTexes/s of textured fillrate. Many of NVIDIA’s partners, however, are ready with factory-overclocked models (one of which we’ll show you on the next page) that will offer somewhat higher performance characteristics.

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST has a TDP of 134 watts and requires a single supplemental 6-pin PCI express power feed. Cards are two slots wide but sport a short PCB, like the GeForce GTX 660 Ti and some GeForce GTX 670 cards. The output configuration is the same 2 x Dual-Link DVI, 1 x mini-DP, and 1 x HDMI setup as the GeForce GTX 650 / 660 Ti, as well.

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CDeeter one year ago

Lol Well that didn't take long. Somebody must have a well planted mole in the rival's shop.

Dave_HH one year ago

HA! For sure. This business is tooth and nail. Everyone knows everyone's business. There's something about graphics cards that is just hyper-competitive.

realneil one year ago

They probably had it waiting in the wings and ready to counter an AMD threat at that price range. They probably have others just waiting too.

Curtt94 one year ago

Gotta love nVidia! So happy with my 670 4g :)

StevenSchper one year ago

gotta love nvidia, gotta love EVGA. THe combination is just perfect.

DavidStevenson one year ago

This is awesome be great to have for a birthday present.

DavidStevenson one year ago

Be good in any computer just need a good psu.

NoRest4Wicked one year ago

I've been hung up on ATi video cards for a long time but it's certainly time for an upgrade. To use this bad boy, I'd have to replace the computer I'm currently using. About the only thing I wouldn't have to replace is my PSU. Does anyone know if PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible? My motherboard supports 2.0 so I'm not sure if I could even install something like this.

devo08 one year ago

@ NoRest4Wicked: Yes, PCI 3.0 is backwards compatible with PCI 2.0 boards as it uses the same connector designs! You just obviously wont be utilizing it's full capabilities.

bramey351 one year ago

Yea I'm in the same boat. In order to upgrade any further graphically, I have to upgrade my Motherboard. Wish I had enough to do that. It would be awesome to have a card like this!

rychu79 one year ago

Looks like an amazing card too bad I cant afford it

tatersalid one year ago

I am happy video cards are getting better priced with good capabilities, as much as I love a $500 card, performance and budget is great.

Jcapss1 one year ago

mmmmm. Some good ol' mid range graphics cards. Great stuff. Do want. :)

Johnny3D one year ago

I was hoping this card would edge out a GTX 285, but it looks the GTX 285 still outclasses this card (minus the DX11 support of course).

Clixxer one year ago

Im suprised that Nvidia even made/had this card. The 650ti and 660 are good cards and not terribly to far from each other in preformance that it seems just kind of a waste to go out and make this one. I know they are trying to make price points and everything but still seems like a waste unless they like earlier said had it ready to go if AMD did bring out the now 7790.

ChrisTrak one year ago

Finally a comparable GPU to the big $ ones..........myself, I would go for a few $ more and get the GTX660

phenom2 one year ago

a good card...cheap enough to compete with AMD cards....but still fast. For now I'll use my HD7850 that is about at the same level ;)

KL one year ago

That is about at the same level but not in the few next months, the Nvidia's driver will improve the performance better !!

AaronLuhr one year ago

I would love to get my hands on one of these!!!

ChrisLawler one year ago

just picked up a evga 650 ti boost coming from a evga 550 ti was a nice jump in performance

JackCiampanelli one year ago

This site has some amazing things on it love ya Hot hardware

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