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Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti review: Gigabyte vs MSI vs Zotac

Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac come with Nvidia's latest graphics card

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Introduction

Today Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, a graphics card based on the same GK106 GPU that the GeForce GTX 660 is built around. Nvidia's new card is positioned against AMD's Radeon HD 7770. Hardware.Info compared cards from Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac.


While we love high-end graphics card like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 and the AMD Radeon HD 7970, it's in the more affordable segment where the most graphics cards are sold. After launching the HD 7970, AMD kept the momentum going and in a short time-span introduced an entire series of graphics cards. Nvidia is trying to catch up how. First came the GK104 chip graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 680, 670 and 660 Ti, and more recently the GTX 660 without Ti, which you can find for £230. Nvidia also introduced the very affordable GeForce GTX 650, which you can find for an average of £100.

Today Nvidia has launched a graphics card that is positioned between the GTX 660 and the GTX 650, in the shape of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti. This card is based on the same GK106 GPU as the GTX 660, a chip that is much more powerful than the GK107 from the GTX 650 without Ti.

Nvidia claims that the new card is suitable for gaming at Full HD resolution, but perhaps not with maximum settings. The card is positioned against the AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition, cards which you can find for around £100. It's not a direct confrontation, however, since the recommended price of the 1 GB GTX 650 Ti is somewhat higher at £119.

Manufacturers will release 1GB versions and 2GB versions of the 650 Ti, which will be slightly faster and slightly more expensive.

Three manufacturers supplied us with GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics cards. We tested the Gigabyte GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB, MSI GTX 650 Ti PE 1GB and Zotac GTX 650 Ti AMP! 2GB.

four products discussed in this review


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