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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Review
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by Rob Williams on December 17, 2012 in NVIDIA-Based GPU

NVIDIA does such a great job filling holes in its product line-ups, that sometimes it manages to fill a void we didn’t even know existed. The GTX 650 Ti is a perfect example of this. This GK106-based card sits close to the GTX 660, and with GIGABYTE’s overclocked GV-N65TOC-1GI, we’ll see if we can close the gap even further.

Temperatures & Power

To test graphics cards for both their power consumption and temperature at load, we utilize a couple of different tools. On the hardware side, we use a trusty Kill-a-Watt power monitor which our GPU testing machine plugs directly into. For software, we use Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 to stress-test the card, and techPowerUp’s GPU-Z to monitor and record the temperatures.

To test, the general area around the chassis is checked with a temperature gun, with the average temperature recorded (and thus noted in brackets next to the card name in the first graph below). Once that’s established, the PC is turned on and left to site idle for five minutes. At this point, GPU-Z is opened along with 3DMark 11. We then kick-off an Extreme run of 3DMark and immediately begin monitoring the Kill-a-Watt for the peak wattage reached. We only monitor the Kill-a-Watt during the first two tests, as we found that’s where the peak is always attained.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti - Temperatures

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti - Power Consumption

Despite GIGABYTE’s GTX 650 Ti being an overclocked offering, its open-air cooler allowed it to run cooler than AMD’s Radeon HD 7770 – which, to be fair, uses a reference cooler. Things change when we look at power consumption. There, the GTX 650 Ti soars past the HD 7770. Again, we see fair scaling here since the GTX 650 Ti is in fact quite a bit faster, but it’s something to bear in mind if you like to keep on top of power-efficient parts (as a general rule, overclocked parts = bad for “green” goals).


  • Kayden

    It might be overkill but, I want to put one in my MCEPC. Especially since Steam has gone live with the BIG PICTURE and it would be easier to for them to play games on the TV, we all ready play Legos Batman 2 and they are having a blast. (c;

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      If you’ll be gaming on the HTPC at all, this isn’t overkill at all. It’s relatively inexpensive and can power all of today’s hottest games at 1080p in good detail. Sounds sweet to me.

    • Greshnab

      i just found out the HDMI output carries sound also .. so you don’t have to play with getting sound to the tv.. the video card does it for you

  • http://twitter.com/Barack_McBush BarackMcBush

    I hate that Nvidia doesn’t allow SLI on their budget cards unlike AMD/ATI does. The GTX 650 would be great in SLI for perfamnce.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richie.cahill Richie Cahill

    I just bought one of these and will only play at max 1280×1024… hoping for okay results at that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

      You’ll be golden!

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