NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Video Card Review

NVIDIA is launching the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost today. This video card is priced in the $149-$169 price range, and should give the $150 price segment another shakedown. Does it compare to the Radeon HD 7790, or is it on the level of the more expensive Radeon HD 7850? We will find out in today's latest games, you may be surprised.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using an ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. This motherboard supports PCIe 3.0 spec. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770K at 4.8GHz. The RAM is 8GB at 1600MHz.

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For the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost we used NVIDIA supplied drivers which support this video card, they are based on ForceWare 314.21 drivers.

For the GeForce GTX 650 Ti we used ForceWare 314.21 which were the latest drivers at the time of testing.

For the AMD Radeon HD 7850 we used Catalyst 13.3 Beta3 which was the latest driver at the time of testing.

For the ASUS Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC we used AMD supplied drivers for the launch evaluation, which support the video card, they are package version 12.101.2.1-130313a.

We are aware that NVIDIA ForceWare driver 314.22 WHQL just came out half a day prior to this launch. That driver is a Bioshock performance driver, with optimizations for that new game also releasing today, plus WHQL'd. Since we are not using Bioshock in this evaluation, the NVIDIA supplied 314.21 drivers are the best driver for this evaluation.

Video Cards

Keep in mind throughout this evaluation the price points of each video card. The Radeon HD 7850 1GB starts at $179, and the 2GB model starts at $185. We are using the 2GB Radeon HD 7850, so it's the $185 model. The Radeon HD 7790 is priced at $149, and actually the model we are using is a slightly overclocked model, for $5 more. The new GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB model we are evaluating is the $169 model.

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