GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Video Card Review

Today we have a GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost with 2GB of memory strapped to our test bench for your reading enjoyment. We will compare it to an AMD Radeon HD 7790 with 2GB of memory across a suite of six current and graphically demanding games to determine which of these value cards can claim to be king of the hill.

Introduction

GALAXY has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of computer components since 1994. Today, it is best known for production of a variety of NVIDIA based graphics cards spanning the entire GPU line up offered by NVIDIA. Over the past year, we have reviewed a pair of GALAXY’s GTX 680 GCs, the GTX 670 GC, the GTX 660Ti 3GB GC and the GTX 660 GC. Since GALAXY produces a wide variety of cards, we decided to add another to our list from this generation of GPUs.

On our test bench today is the GALAXY GTX 650 Ti Boost video card.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost

The GTX 650 Ti Boost is based on GK106 silicon produced on TSMC's 28nm manufacturing process. There are 4 SMX units, 768 CUDA Cores, 64 Texture Units, and 24 ROPs. The clock speed runs at a base clock of 980MHz with a Boost clock of 1033MHz. In terms of memory, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost has 1GB or 2GB of GDDR5 on a 192-bit memory bus at 6GHz providing 144GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

Total board power is 140W and requires only one 6-pin power connector. In addition, this video card will still support the same 4-display setup that the GTX 660 Ti, GTX 670, and GTX 680 support. You will find 2x DL-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 on board as well as PCI Express 3.0. The GPU only supports 2-way SLI, unlike its bigger siblings which are capable of a 3-way SLI experience.


GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost

The GALAXY GTX 650 Ti Boost is clocked at reference speeds and features GALAXY’s single fan cooling solution. It is configured with 2GB of GDDR5 memory running at a 6GHz effective rate and the GPU is clocked at 980MHz with a minimum boost of 1033MHz. The cooling solution is comprised of a sold finned aluminum block that has two copper heat pipes within it is positioned to wick heat away from the GPU. The card features a single dual link DVI port, a VGA port and a HDMI port.

The GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost comes with a 3 year factory warranty and is currently available at Amazon for $159.99 after a $10 mail in rebate.

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The GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost is packaged in a black box that features GALAXY’s G logo and GALAXY spelled out on the left side on a grey background. The front of the box highlights some of the features of the card including the 2GB of RAM, the custom cooling solution, 3 screen gaming capability and GPU Boost. Inside the box, GALAXY included an owner’s manual, a driver CD, a quick start guide and Molex to PCI-e power adapter.

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The front of the GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost features a matte silver plastic cover that serves to house the fan and cover the heatsink. The heatsink and heatpipe solution does not seem to be as intricate as we typically find on higher end cards, however, for the amount of power that the GPU uses, it appears to be adequate.

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On the I/O panel there are three ports. These include one DVI-I connector, one VGA connector and one HDMI connector. The power connector is on top of the video card and requires a single 6-pin PCI-e connection. The video card’s measurements are 8.5 inches in Length, 1.5 inches Wide, and 4.5 inches in Height.

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