Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost review
Powerful and efficient: hands down the best mainstream card on the market
Review Date: 7 Jun 2013
Reviewed By: Mike Jennings
Price when reviewed: £125 (£150 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Developing new GPUs is expensive, so it’s no surprise to see firms making the most of what they’ve got. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost does just that, building on last year’s non-“Boost” Ti card and improving it across the board.
The older card’s 928MHz core clock has been raised to 980MHz, and the Ti Boost also benefits from Nvidia’s GPU Boost technology, which dynamically overclocks the core to 1,032MHz if it hasn’t hit its 134W power ceiling.
The Ti Boost has 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1,502MHz, which trumps the 1,350MHz speed of the 650 Ti, and the 192-bit memory bus is wider than the 128-bit hardware on the older card. The underlying architecture is the same, however, with 2.5 billion transistors and 768 stream processors divided into three GPU clusters.
The Ti Boost competes with the £110 AMD Radeon HD 6850, and there was only one winner in our benchmarks. The Ti Boost’s result of 47fps in the 1,920 x 1,080 Very High quality Crysis benchmark trounced the 33fps score of the Radeon, and it still scored 40fps when we added 4x anti-aliasing – 11 frames faster than its rival.
The card continued its good form in Battlefield 3. With the game running at 1,920 x 1,080 and Ultra settings, the Ti Boost scored 66fps, falling to 48fps when we activated 4x anti-aliasing. That’s a fair drop, but there’s still enough power to play top-end games without compromising on quality.
It isn’t too long for most cases, at 243mm, nor too power-hungry: it requires only a single, six-pin connector to run. It’s quiet, even in the most demanding tests, and runs cooler than its rival: the Ti Boost peaked at 74°C, while the Radeon HD 6850 hit a maximum of 83°C. Our test rig’s peak power draw was 178W with the Nvidia card installed, far lower than the 248W with the AMD card in place.
It’s a clean sweep for the Ti Boost, then. It’s more expensive than its rival, but greater power, better thermal performance and increased energy-efficiency mean it’s the card of choice for single-screen gaming.
Author: Mike Jennings
AMD 7850/ 7870
Surely comparing the card with a 7850 or 7870 would be fairer? The 6850 is three years old.
Scan are selling the 7850 for £110+VAT
By grimerking on 7 Jun 2013
damn you beat me to it
i was wondering why they compare it to a out of date amd card
the 7790 or 7850 would be the card to compare these to surely
By Emodan666 on 7 Jun 2013
i can find several 7790s and even 7850s for less than the 650ti boost
please can you review the comparative cards
if you dont have 7790s and 7850s to review i can lend you one
By Emodan666 on 7 Jun 2013
I think more to the point. Nvidia are now starting the release GTX 7xx series cards.This card itself is out of date.Expect a GTX 750TI fairly soon
By Jaberwocky on 7 Jun 2013
As stated above, pity you compared it to your previous 6850 review dated Oct '10.
Please kindly update with some better competitive/fairer comparisons/alternatives.
By idris on 7 Jun 2013
Does seem very odd to compare to a 6850. Compared to a 7850 the GTX 650 Ti Boost the 7850 comes out as a better choice
Also see this
Doesn't seem to be a lot in it, both cards can be had for less than £150
GPU boss link above has decent benchmarks - there's seems very little in it.
By simontompkins on 7 Jun 2013
Out of date comparison
Just adding my voice to the concerns about comparing this to the Radeon 6850. Click the link to your review of the 6850 and you'll see it was made in October 2010 - that's more than two and a half years ago - an eternity in computing!
Please compare this against a modern AMD card and maybe the conclusion at the end will be worth a bit more weight. By comparing it to such an outdated card, the conclusions of the review seem pretty irrelevant and empty to be honest.
By Trippynet on 10 Jun 2013
ummm good input but why compare it to a 2 yr old card when it is meant to fill a gap in NVIDIA low end??
By panzerdragon678 on 11 Jun 2013
Totally agree - thought this was odd as soon as I saw it in last month's mag. I normally trust PC Pro and have bought a lot of A-list entries in the past, but it's hard to take this review seriously. Please update - or at least acknowledge the complaints.
By halsteadk on 24 Jun 2013
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