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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2048 MB


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Today, NVIDIA launches their new GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost offering a large performance increase thanks to the added Boost algorithm and wider bus interface. With a price of only $169, it is the new price/performance king in the sub-$200 segment.

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Awesome review!

So, if I take a card like this, OC it by 10%~15%, I get performance pretty much equal to a GTX660, while saving $45 in my pocket.


GG nVidia.

EDIT: I hope consumers get the difference between this version and the vanilla 650, because it really makes a difference. More that I'm used to see, anyway.

EDIT2: If that disabled GPC wasn't laser cut, that would be the icing on the cake. :p
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So, basically, Nvidia trumped the cards again and counter-attacked AMD...
MSRP of Nvidia's new card is 169$ for 2gb (149$ for 1gb...) and AMD's 7790 is 150$ (for 1gb...).
Nvidia is faster and tops the performance per dollar charts.
If this means that we'll see the 7790 drops in price to be competitive then consumers will win!
Kudos to Nvidia for releasing such a card in such a price!!
(and advanced kudos to AMD for the price cut!)
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now nvidia needs to drop the 660 to $189-199.
Yeah, they really should do so. The GTX660 is already a hard choice for the $200-250 price range purchase with the HD7850, HD7870 and HD7870 XT surrounding it. :eek:
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So, if I take a card like this, OC it by 10%~15%, I get performance pretty much equal to a GTX660, while saving $45 in my pocket.


GG nVidia.

EDIT: I hope consumers get the difference between this version and the vanilla 650, because it really makes a difference. More that I'm used to see, anyway.

EDIT2: If that disabled GPC wasn't laser cut, that would be the icing on the cake. :p
but the 7850 is still by far the miles better, the review forgot to mention that 7850s are clocked way low and on many cards they overclock by up to like 40% compared to 10-15% on this card, so amd has much room to make a 7850 with boost and just keep the 180$ price
7790 on the other hand is a smaller chip than both Pitcairn and gk106 and is therefore cheaper so has much more room for price cuts, with overclocked versions nearing the 650ti boost
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That's a nice step up from the 650 Ti. The middle of the pack power efficiency is disappointing but pretty much expected. That always seems to happen with the reacting company. To pull ahead of the 680 AMD gave up on power efficiency with the 7970 GE and now nvidia is doing the same to react to the 7790.
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Thank you very much for the great review again W1zzard, well done as usual.

The new king of the low-mid range gaming cards. Props to Nvidia. This card has everything what's good about Keplers for a superb price, and it's even SLI capable too. Would love to see a MSI Power Edition review of this little fella, especially if MSI would use better quality RAMs this time.


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I wonder what the price will be when they hit the streets in numbers.. Could be interesting.
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Stupid UK pricing system (again)

Currently the cheapest 650Ti Boost (on pre order) is £141 & the a 2GB 660 (non Ti) is £142

If this price remains constant for the first few months there will be no reason to buy it - just get the 660 instead. But hopefully once they come into stock prices might drop. <£130 then they might be worth considering.
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Yes, thanx very much nVidia for screwed the price, you're the guys :)

It's time to buy HD 6970 or GTX 570...I hope the price can reach under $100,
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I'd swap this card for my GTX 570 all day long. Less power and in turn less heat dissipated into my room.
Feb 13, 2013
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Not a fan of this card or any Kepler card tbh.

Still wondering when nVIDIA will get serious about computational performance for brute force hashing jobs.

I want my Graphics cards to also double as Bitcoin Miners and nVIDIA cards are horrible at Hashing. If I wanted to play games I'd save up for something more powerful than this card (670 or 7950).

Also given the performance difference... maybe nVIDIA should have given it a different name. GTX 650 Ti Boost is just as confusing as 7870 XT to the consumer.
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Well played Nvidia, nice one-up's-man-ship. Good card, good value, but is it just more splitting hairs between the 7850/7870. Wasn’t the GTX660 theoretically there to do? Instead of having the GTX660 be more price competitive, they use up geldings and drop the price some 20%... IDK? Is it rewarding for those who have been fence sitting like 6 month absolutely, are the guys who dropped $230 three month ago upset... suppose not.

What diid it just make most all those nicer AIB GTX660 that now $210-215, is the 25% more money worth the 11% performance increase?... hum. On its' own (in the vacuum of today) this new boost has merit, although considering the surrounding pressure from all the cards wedged in $160-220 can it absolutely outshine everything?

As I said a while back the Pitcairn production is probably making available more XT at this point, while will what we’ve heard that 1Gb 7850 are on the way out come to pass? All that points to 7850 2Gb still in the mix but limited holding in price $160-170, while I see AMD pushing hard with 7870 pricing at $200.

I'm not sure how this will help any of us, it's nice... but again is just another choice in a crowded field? Honestly, this is less of a response to the 7790, as taking the place of the 7850 1Gb as the value leader, so until Nvidia has 1Gb in that $150 price this isn't impacting 7790's or much else. Where the struggle will be once their 1Gb version hits and why I said the 7790 needed more performance, as originally alluded to being 10% behind the 7850; which it fell short on that mark and Nvidia now looks poised to grab that BfB at $150 price point.

Edit: Is there a date for when we'll see channel availability for these Boost variants?
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I was at Microcenter 3-4 weeks ago when a customer asks what is a step up from a gtx 650. The salesman says gtx 670. I was standing right next to them.
I said "no, the 650 OC'd next to it is, then the 650 Ti, then the 660 gtx, then the 660 gtx ti, then the 670"
salesman: " well, they are all the same card with different numbers"
me: " well, the specs and benchmark on the box says otherwise"
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I told them to buy a 7850 and they did since it was much cheaper than a 660gtx to play COD and BF3.
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Benchmark Scores Its fast. Enough.
This may make me a green fan.

SLI review in the works?
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7850 looks like the better choice
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AMD just lost in it's on game.
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Not true this appear a better choice, if you can purchase it?
The 7850 is more power efficient and performs much better if you are into OC. The 2 cards are within a couple % of eachother. AMD can lower the price of the 7850 to match this and then it would be the better choice for enthusiasts who don't mind overclocking.
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Great review W1z! This card is great low power and nice speed. Sad this is the same price of my 4850 when I got it :p
thank you for adding card length, I feel this will help people with smaller cases.
Once you do your Zotac review do you have plans for a sli review? :)


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Once you do your Zotac review do you have plans for a sli review?
i also have an asus 650 ti that arrived today, and asus 670 dc mini might arrive tomorrow .. but i'll try to get an sli review in