NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review



September saw Kepler come to the masses, with Nvidia releasing the highly-anticipated GTX 660 and the budget GTX 650.  Nvidia is releasing its final version of the Kepler family for 2012 with the GTX 650 Ti.  Striking a middle ground between the GTX 650 and the GTX 660, it's priced squarely at a $149 MSRP and gives gamers yet another option.  This card is small in stature, but we have been impressed by its gaming performance, especially for the price.  Although the GTX 660 is seen as the best bang for your buck card in the Kepler lineup, we think the GTX 650 Ti is pretty close in the value race, and gives gamers on a very tight budget a great option to play the latest games with next-gen features like PhysX on Borderlands 2.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti

With the introduction of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, NVIDIA is completing the Kepler GTX lineup. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti brings turbocharged “Ti” performance to the GTX 650 family, running 40% faster than the standard GTX 650. It’s the perfect choice for gamers on a budget who want to step up to GeForce GTX gaming.



  • Kepler GPU Architecture
  • NVIDIA Adaptive V-Sync
  • TXAA Anti-Aliasing
  • NVIDIA SLI® Technology
  • NVIDIA PhysX® Technology






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  • NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • PCI Express 3.0 Support
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision® Ready




Processing Units

Graphics Processing Clusters

 2 or 3   
SMXs  4   
CUDA Cores  768     
Texture Units  64    
ROP Units  16
Clock Speeds
Base Clock  925 MHz     
Boost Clock  N/A   

Memory Clock

(data rate)

 5400 MHz     
L2 Cache Size  256KB      
Total Video Memory 1024MB GDDR5   
Memory Interface  128-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth  86.4 GB/s    
Texture Filtering Rate (bilinear)  59.2 GigaTexels/sec   
Physical & Thermal
Fabrication Process  28 nm
Transistor Count  2.54 billion     

 2 x Dual-Link DVI

1 x mini-HDMI    

Form Factor  Dual Slot     

Power Connectors

 1 x 6-pin   
Recommended Power Supply  400 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP)  110 Watts   
Thermal Threshold  98°C
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# three 2012-10-19 12:10
did you miss something? hell yah!
remember how 9800gt is a c2d era card?
now compare gtx 650ti to it on an [email protected] and we have something of a GPU upgrade advise here.
# Evan 2012-10-19 12:15
did you miss something? hell yah!
remember how 9800gt is a c2d era card?
now compare gtx 650ti to it on an [email protected] and we have something of a GPU upgrade advise here.
I see where you are coming from, but most games today are exceedingly GPU-dependent, and you could possibly make the argument that the upgrade would be even more pronounced because the GPU would make up a greater percentage of the overall "horsepower" assuming the C2D doesn't create a blatant bottleneck. Of course if it did, you're point is very pertinent because the upgrade would require a new chipset.

Thanks for the input and perspective!
# three 2012-10-19 12:21
another thing to keep in mind is that 9800gt is only 512mb and is not a 1080p GPU and therefore should not be tested at higher than 1050p resolutions.
that and use quad or c2d OCed cpu to pit it against gtx 650ti for more accurate comparison results.