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MSI GEFORCE GTX 650 1GB Power Edition Video Card Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

We see how the lower end options from NVIDIA look with the new MSI GTX 650 1GB Power Edition.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:38 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MSI

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.

 

On the testbed side of things nothing has changed so let's just quickly get into the cards that will be included in our graphs today. On the NVIDIA side of things alongside our GTX 650 Power Edition from MSI we've got the GTX 660, GTX 680 and GTX 660 Ti.

 

Moving over to the AMD side of things we've got the HD 7750 and HD 7770 which are the main cards for the new GTX 650 to go against. Along with those two cards we've also got the pre-overclocked HD 7850 from Sapphire and a HD 7870 for comparisons sake.

 

Let's get started!

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

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