ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC Review

Today on the test bench for your reading pleasure, we have the ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC 2GB that comes in at the $175 mark. We will compare it to the XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition 2GB to determine which factory overclocked card can run circles around the other.

Introduction

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is one of the largest and most successful computer hardware manufacturers in the world. A Taiwan-based company, it manufactures a wide variety of computer hardware, including motherboards, video cards, optical drives, notebooks, networking equipment, barebones desktop, and server systems, among many others.

On our test bench today is the ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC video card.

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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 1 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 three-way experience.


ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC

The ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC comes equipped with a factory base clock of 1020MHz, a 50MHz increase over stock and a boost clock of 1085MHz, a 52MHz increase over the stock boost clock and features ASUS’ DirectCU II cooling system. It is configured with 2GB of GDDR5 memory running at a 6.0GHz effective rate. The cooling system is comprised of two heat pipes that carry heat away from the GPU to an extruded aluminum heatsink that is cooled by a pair of fans. ASUS has implemented its Super Alloy Power solution that utilizes choke concrete cores that claims to reduce power noise by 30% and increase durability by 2.5x. This is the second of two GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost based cards produced by ASUS, with the other card being a stock clocked version.

It is worthwhile to point out that there are variations across ASUS’ product lines as to which DirectCU II cooler will be attached to a particular card. In the case of the ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC, it is a 2 slot cooling solution that is smaller and not comparable to the solution found on the DirectCU II flavors of ASUS’s Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, GeForce GTX 660, 660Ti and 670. Still, there is a larger and more impressive version of the DirectCU II is found on ASUS’s Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 680 series cards.

The ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC comes with a 3 year factory warranty and is currently available on Amazon for $174.99 with Free Prime Shiping.

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The ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC is packaged in a black box that has been clawed by a seemingly impressive animal (or dinosaur) with three claws. The front of the box highlights some of the features of the card including the 2GB of RAM, the DirectCU II cooling solution, Super Alloy Power and GPU Tweak. Inside the box, ASUS included a quick start guide, a molex to PCI-e adapter cable and a DVI to VGA adapter.

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The front of the ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC features a matte black plastic cover that serves to house the fan and cover the heatsink. The design felt solid and similar to all other DirectCU II cards that we have evaluated.

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On the I/O panel there are four ports. These include one DP port, one DVI-D port, one DVI-I 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 5 inches in height. The DirectCU II cooling solution extends past the back of the PCB by about an inch.

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