NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Review

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The GTX 660 brought us "Kepler for the masses."  The GTX 650 Ti brought us 1080P gaming on the cheap.  So what does the GTX 650 Ti Boost give us?  Predictably, somewhere in between, but it was aimed to deliver on the ultimate "sweet spot" for gamers.  1080P gaming on "high" settings with playable frame rates.  1080P screens are by far the most popular today as they are easy on the wallet and offer many choices.  The difference between medium and high settings is a lot more apparent than high to ultra.  I'm sure you're pretty bright, you can see where this is going.  Nvidia thought, "let's make a card that can do 1080P high quality gaming, and price it at a nearly-irresistible price point... yes... I think people will like that."  And they will.

 

Overview

Equipped with 768 CUDA Cores and a 192-bit memory interface, this GPU is perfectly suited for achieving High quality levels in today’s hottest PC games. And, as the name suggests, we’ve added GPU Boost for improved performance. Finally, we’ve enabled SLI technology for gamers who may want to add a second GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST card in the future to experience up to double the performance.
 
Compared to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST runs at 980MHz base clock, 5% higher than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and enjoys a slightly higher texture fill rate of 62.7 Gigatexels/sec.

With the addition of GPU Boost, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST typically operates at speeds well in excess of 1GHz; officially the boost clock is 1033MHz. Another key feature is the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST’s wider 192-bit memory interface and 6GHz memory clock. Memory bandwidth is 144.2GB/sec – that’s over 60% more memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
 
The GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST delivers a tremendous performance upgrade over the GeForce 9600 GT. Besides supporting the latest DirectX 11 graphics, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST has twelve times the number of CUDA Cores, four times the amount of memory, and nearly three times the memory bandwidth of the GeForce 9600 GT. As a result, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST is up to 6x faster than the GeForce 9600 GT, and is twice as fast as the GTX 550 Ti.
 
 
*Courtesy of NVIDIA
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Specifications

Graphics Processing Clusters 2 or 3
Streaming Multiprocessors

4

CUDA Cores 768
Texture Units
64
ROP Units
24
Base Clock
980 MHz
Boost Clock 1033 MHz
Memory Clock (data rate) 6008 MHz
L2 Cache Size 384K
Total Video Memory 2048MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 192-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 144.2 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 62.7 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication Process 28 nm
Transistor Count 2.54 Billion
Connectors
2 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
Form Factor
Dual Slot
Power Connectors
One 6-pin
Recommended Power Supply
450 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
140 Watts
Thermal Threshold
98° C

 

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