Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Launch Review



Product: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Company: nVIDIA
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: October 9th, 2012

Introduction

The last NIVIDIA GeForce card to launch this year is the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, a Kepler architecture part aimed to slide between the GeForce GTX 650 and the GeForce GTX 660 and replaces the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. It is a compact and diminutive card that appears to pack a heck of a wallop, claimed to increase performance vs. the 550 Ti by up to 40% while delivering power savings of 28%. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti is positioned by NVIDIA as a Radeon HD 7700 killer for best in class performance. Does this explain AMD's recent price adjustment of the Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7850? Why so cynical, seasoned video card purchaser? But you'd be right.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti

NVIDIA's GeForce line-up now extends from the lowly GT 610 to the mighty world's fastest graphics card, the GTX 690. The eleven models are supplied by three chips and some previous generation models, too. Like AMD, NVIDIA filled in the lower cards with rebranded 40nm parts, to protect the supply of precious 28nm production from TSMC. The cutover point is the GT 640 - one of the three versions is an OEM only card based on the GeForce GT 545; the other two GT 640s are based on the littlest Kepler: GK107. GK107 is the basis for the recently launched GeForce GTX 650, but not today's GTX 650 Ti, which is based on the GK106 chip, first introduced on September 13th as the GeForce GTX 660. If you want to be really confused, guess what chip is in the GTX 660 Ti? No, that's GK104 - the same chip that powers the GTX 670, 680 and doubled up in the 690. Got that? No? Well, it doesn't really matter, just think of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti as little bro to the GTX 660 and cousin the GTX 650.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Specifications:

  • 28nm GK106 GPU using Kepler architectur
  • 768 CUDA cores in 4 shader multiprocessors (SMX) in 2-3 GPC's
  • 2.54Bn transistors
  • 925MHz Engine clock / No Boost
  • 1350MHz [5.4Gbps] 1GB GDDR5 Memory
  • 128-bit Memory Bus
  • 84.6 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 64 Texture Units
  • 1425 SP GFLOPS / 60 DP GFLOPS
  • 5.65" card length, full height, dual slot heatsink
  • Dual DL-DVI and mini-HDMI output; supports up to 4 displays (AIB option)
  • DirectX 11.1 / OpenCL 1.2 / OpenGL 4.3
  • 110W TDP, 6-pin PCI-Express Power Input
  • $149SEP

NVIDIA tell us that this card is aimed at 1080p gamers looking to play medium or high settings with FXAA or perhaps 4xAA. Is it enough to vanquish the HD 7700 and deal swift justice to the Radeon HD 7850?