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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card Review - The Card and Specifications

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card Review
What? A reference video card from NVIDIA? And the review going live at NDA time? Yes - we've made peace and we're showing the GTX 650 Ti Boost today.
| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 12:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

The Card

 

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Being an NVIDIA reference card means we're not dealing with anything too fancy when it comes to the looks department. We've got an all-black setup and a shroud that really covers the card from top to bottom and left to right. You can see on the right hand side we've got a single fan which is designed to help push the cool air straight across the GPU and out the back of the case.

 

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Taking a spin around we can see at the top and towards the back we have a single 6-pin PCIe power connector, just like the new Radeon HD 7790 from AMD. You can also see the cooler overshoots the PCB by a decent margin helping push air directly across that GPU. It will be interesting to see what manufacturers do with their retail cooling solutions. Staying across the top and moving to the front you can see we've got a single SLI connector that allows us to run up to two of these cards together in SLI.

 

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Finishing up with the I/O department you can see we've got two Dual-Link DVI ports in the form of a DVI-I and DVI-D. We've also got a full size HDMI port and DisplayPort connector to round off the connectivity. Across the top you can see a larger vent that pushes the hot air out the back of the case.

 

 

Specifications

 

Of course the main comparison with the new GTX 650 Ti Boost from the NVIDIA stable is the normal non-Boost variant of the model with both cards being extremely similar in the core areas including 768 CUDA cores and 64 texture units. The new Boost model carries an increase of ROP's from 16 to 24, and the memory bus has been bumped from 128-bit to 192-bit along with onboard memory being increased to 2GB.

 

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The other big area is of course the clock speeds. The original GTX 650 Ti came with a core clock of 928MHz and boost wasn't an option. The new Boost variant comes in at 980MHz and 1033MHz via Boost. As for the 2GB of GDDR5, that's gone from 5400MHz to 6000MHz QDR. Again, though, we can't forget that the memory bus has been increased from 128-bit to 192-bit, which is going to help with overall performance quite well.

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