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MSI Announces Cyclone II-cooled GeForce GTX 650 Ti

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MSI launched its GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card lineup, which includes the factory-overclocked GTX 650 Ti Power Edition. The card sees the comeback of MSI's iconic Cyclone II cooler design, which has been the company's workhorse cooler for performance-segment graphics cards. The GTX 650 Ti Power Edition features factory-overclocked speeds of 993 MHz core and 5.40 GHz memory (against NVIDIA reference speeds of 925/5400 MHz). It features an custom design PCB with 4+2 phase VRM. MSI could charge a relatively small $15 premium over the $150 baseline for its GTX 650 Ti Power Edition. Based on the 28 nm GK106 silicon, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti packs 768 CUDA cores, 64 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide memory interface.

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Bad mistake MSI. At least one of your GTX 650Ti's should have been short PCB design like other manufacturers.
 
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Have they improved the cooler? It just looks like nameplates over the fins of the heatsink, which I suspect won't supplement cooling, and while I don't think it will impede it much, I bet it does some. Weird.