The overclock numbers we managed to get out of the MSI GTX 650 Power Edition really are quite amazing here and across the board we're seeing gains of around 20%. While this isn't always enough to get us over that 60 FPS mark, we can see sometimes it is with games like Mafia II.
More importantly, though, the gains bring us closer to that 60 FPS number and while we might still fall short, the detail drop is going to be less significant when overclocked to these speeds when compared to the out of the box performance. If you can move from Max to High instead of Medium the overclock is doing exactly what we want.
Something else that the GTX 650 Power Edition has going for it is that the HD 7700 series from AMD were never good overclockers. Of course they managed to overclock, but not to this kind of level. The series also got off to a really rough start and while we've seen the price come down quite a bit since launch, a lot of people continue to remember the series as the black sheep of the HD 7000 series due to a price point that was just too high considering the performance.
To get the most out of the MSI GTX 650 Power Edition you're going to want to overclock it and if you're new to the overclocking side of things it's not something you should really be afraid of. MSI Afterburner isn't going to let you over volt the card higher than what they feel is safe, and when it comes to finding the max stable OC while that can be a little tedious, it's ultimately a pretty fun process. Especially as you run something like 3DMark 11 over and over again and keep slowly seeing your score climb at no extra cost.
Considering the after rebate price of $99.99 on the MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition this video card ends up as a really good buy for anyone who is looking for a card on a budget. You're not going to be seeing playable numbers at 2560 x 1600 and 1920 x 1200 continues to be a struggle. But at this price point, and if you throw overclocking into the mix, you end up with a really nice video card that can perform pretty strong.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Overclocking]
- Page 2 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - 3DMark 11]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Just Cause 2]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Metro 2033]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Dirt 3]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 13 [Temperature Test]
- Page 14 [Sound Test]
- Page 15 [Power Consumption Test]
- Page 16 [Final Thoughts]