Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: Looking back through our numbers, it’s obvious which market segment NVIDIA has targeted with the GeForce GTX 650 Ti. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti is meant for more mainstream market segments currently occupied by cards like the Radeon HD 7770 and in that regard the card performs very well. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti, whether factory overclocked or not, is clearly faster than the Radeon HD 7770 overall. The GTX 650 Ti obviously lags a bit behind its higher-end counterparts in the GeForce GTX 660 series, however, and trails cards like the 1GB Radeon HD 7850 more often than not.
GeForce GTX 650 Ti cards should be available immediately, in both reference and custom forms, from your favorite on-line retailers and system builders. Prices for the cards start at about $149.99 for 1GB cards with specifications similar to NVIDIA’s reference card and go up to about $180 for 2GB, factory-overclocked models. The ZOTAC, Gigabyte, and EVGA cards we showed you here are all priced at $179.99.
At those prices, 1GB reference models look attractive versus similarly priced Radeon HD 7770 cards, but a spate of mail-in rebates on many 7770 cards make them somewhat more affordable at the moment. 2GB GeForce GTX 650 Ti cards, however, face some much stiffer competition at their projected price points. For similar or only slightly more money, there’s a lot more performance to be had by springing for a 1GB Radeon HD 7850 or even a GeForce GTX 660.
Overall though, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is an interesting product. It may not be the highest performing solution throughout its entire price range, but the card’s small form factor, friendly power consumption characteristics, and cool and quiet operation are all pluses in our book.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660