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
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST SC

16GB GSKILL DDR3-1866
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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Lol Well that didn't take long. Somebody must have a well planted mole in the rival's shop.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Be good in any computer just need a good psu.

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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.

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@ 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.

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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!

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