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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost
Date issued: 26/03/2013

Cutting-edge gaming at an affordable price

The recent introduction of mainstream graphics processors has brought PC gaming into sharper focus. £100-£150 cutting-edge GPUs provide reasonable 1080p performance in today's latest games, while in-game visual quality is, quite rightly, far superior than that achievable on the years-old PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. It's not a reach to say that the lull between console generations provides the PC ecosystem with an exciting window of opportunity, where small, quiet gaming PCs can provide class-leading visuals.

NVIDIA GTX 650Ti Boost

Creating a sub £150 card

Nvidia uses the same underlying piece of silicon - 2.54bn-transistor GK106 core - for both the incumbent GTX 660 and GTX 650 Ti, while GTX 660 Ti uses the larger GK104 die. Common sense dictates that GTX 650 Ti Boost also uses the GK106 silicon in a form that bridges the performance gap between presently available GTX 660 and GTX 650 Ti. In customary fashion, the simplest way to explain it is by rolling out the specification table.

GeForce
GTX 660
(2,048MB)
GTX 650 Ti Boost
(2,048MB)
GTX 650 Ti
(1,024MB)
Die Codename
Kepler GK106
Kepler GK106
Kepler GK106
DX API
11.1
11.1
11.1
Process
28nm
28nm
28nm
Transistors
2.54bn
2.54bn
2.54bn
Die Size
221mm²
221mm²
221mm²
SMX Units
5
4
4
Processors
960
768
768
Texture Units
80
64
64
ROP Units
24
24
16
GPU Clock (MHz)
980 (1,033)
980 (1,033)
925
Shader Clock (MHz)
980 (1,033)
980 (1,033)
925
GFLOPS
1,882
1,505
1,421
Memory Clock (MHz)
6,008
6,008
5,400
Memory Bus (bits)
192
192
128
Max Bandwidth (GB/s)
144.2
144.2
86.4
Power Connectors
6-pin
6-pin
6-pin
TDP (watts)
140
140
105
GFLOPS per watt
13.44
10.75
13.53
SLI
Yes, 2-way
Yes, 2-way
No
Current MSRP
£165
£144
£115

Underscoring the silicon similarities the first five rows are identical for the trio of mid-range GPUs. GTX 650 Ti Boost uses one fewer SMX unit - down from five to four - than GTX 660 but, as you can see, the same as the GTX 650 Ti (non-Boost). But this is where the clear similarities with the GTX 650 Ti end, because in all other aspects the GTX 650 Ti Boost is far more like the GTX 660 in design.

For example, the new GPU features the same core clock, boost frequency (hence the name), memory speed, framebuffer size, memory-bus width, SLI ability and TDP as the GTX 660. In fact think of it as a deliberately stunted GTX 660, where one of the five SMX units has been switched off in order to create a card for a particular price point.

Another glance at the specifications reveals that, with bags more memory bandwidth on tap, and the 192-bit-wide bus is crucial in this regard, GTX 650 Ti Boost is sure to be significantly faster than the regular GTX 650 Ti in many games that rely on a GPU's back-end muscle for post-processing.

NVIDIA GTX 650Ti Boost

Performance

As shown by benchmarks from leading online publications, a stock-clocked GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost is over 25 per cent faster than a GeForce GTX 650 Ti, making it stand out as one of the most potent graphics solutions available for under £150.

The card's high-end make-up and capable memory subsystem is such that it excels at delivering smooth performance at full-HD, 1,920x1,080 resolutions with medium levels of image quality and in-game eye candy.

Summary

A proven GK106 architecture leads to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost delivering full-HD gaming performance that is more than satisfactory when running medium/high-quality settings in many of today's latest games. Its 25 per cent-plus improvement over a GTX 650 Ti is genuinely telling as it marks the difference between playable and what we consider smooth frame-rates.

NVIDIA GTX 650Ti Boost

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