NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review

Benchmarks - Battlefield 3


Battlefield 3 is a gorgeous game, not only visually, but with an impressive sound engine as well.  Typical for the Battlefield franchise, it's a power-hungry, as my remembrance of the BF2 "upgrade wave" will attest to.  It's a gorgeous game with expansive environments with fantastic lighting and destruction physics on the Frostbite 2 Engine.

 

BF3-Benchmark

*Running in DX10 Mode

 

Getting into a game of Battlefield 3 was one of the first things I did when we fired up the system with the GTX 650 Ti.  The verdict, you can get this out of a $150 budget GPU?  Running at Ultra, it held its own and was definitely playable, but my overall performance in-game was somewhat impacted.  Dropping to high was near-perfect, but smoke+explosions caused stuttering that made things difficult at times.  At medium, which I've gamed on for nearly a week, the game still looks great and has delivered performance that is nothing less that satisfactory.  It's awesome that budget-conscientious gamers can get in on 64-player FPS games like Battlefield 3, and be completely happy with their experience.

 

As the benchmark results show, the campaign is definitely playable with an average framerate of over 30FPS with MAX settings, but those dips will, and do get to you.  High dipped every once in awhile, just enough to have me bump it down to medium (still full AA) for a perfect gaming experience.  To be honest, I don't notice much of a difference between graphics settings in Battlefield, so if you're one of those many 9600GT/9800GT gamers out there holding out for something easy on your pocket to get you into current-gen games, the GTX 650 Ti is going to drive a hard bargain to beat.  If you want an exceptionally-smooth experience even on Ultra settings, the $70 jump to the GTX 660 is also a solid bet, which gives 1.6 times the framerates at about 1.5 times the cost.

 

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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
Quote:
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.