NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Review

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1866 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disable any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. We enabled the memory's X.M.P. profile to ensure better-than-stock performance, and we then formatted the hard drive and installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64. When the installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist along with all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-3960X
(3.3GHz, Six-Core)
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
(Intel X79 Express)

Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 OC
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7850
GeForce GTX 660
GeForce GTX 650 Ti
GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST

Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
AMD Catalyst v13.3 Beta 3
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v314.21

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v4
3DMark "Fire Strike"
Batman: Arkham City
Hitman: Absolution
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Sleeping Dogs
Crysis 3

Unigine Heaven v4.0 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven v4.0

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v4.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion). It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The two GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST cards we tested both performed very well in the Unigine Heaven Benchmark. In fact, they outpaced all of the other cards we tested, save for the GeForce GTX 660. None of the Radeons, including the HD 7850, could keep up here.

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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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