NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review - Design

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 Nvidia Geforce GTX 550 Ti

Nvidia Geforce GTX 550 Ti PCBNvidia Geforce GTX 550 Ti Ports

When we pulled the card out of the armored transport that is Nvidia's shipping boxes, I was impressed by the tiny card that was waiting for me.  The GTX 650 Ti is about the same size as a standard 4x6 photo, and has a single fan with a spiral heatsink for cooling.  The PCB is all matte black and the back I/O panel provides dual-DVI and an HDMI output, and all can be used simultaneously for tri-monitor output, something Kepler has made a standard for Nvidia in response to AMD/ATI's Eyefinity.

 

Nvidia Geforce GTX 550 Ti Power Port

As mentioned before, the single fan is responsible for cooling up to the rated 110W TDP.  A single 6-pin power cable is needed, the same as the GTX 660 we looked at last month.  The reference GTX 650 Ti is fitted with a spiral heatsink, and we won't be surprised to see some fanless solutions hitting shelves from Nvidia's OEM partners, especially in this smaller form factor and workable TDP levels.

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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.