As soon as it became clear that AMD was introducing the Radeon HD 7790 to compete with the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, it didn't take long for rumors to start circulating about Nvidia's next move. A "GeForce GTX 655 Ti" was mentioned, a slightly faster version of the existing 650 Ti. In the end that is exactly what Nvidia came up with, but under a different name. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost is being introduced today, and it's an update of the GTX 650 Ti with higher clock frequencies and a turbo mode.
The new Boost card is available with 1 GB and 2 GB. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB will cost £144 or €168 incl. VAT. The GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB edition costs £124 or €148 incl. VAT. It's positioned as a more affordable alternative to the AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB, which generally is slightly more expensive indeed.
Nvidia claims that the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost can run games in Full HD and high quality settings. They specifically do not mention highest or maximum quality, as this requires one of the high-end graphics cards. The target audience for the GTX 650 Ti are budget-minded gamers that want to enjoy high-quality graphics but don't mind tweaking the settings to get a good balance between detail and performance.
We submitted the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost to our thorough testing procedure, including frametime tests, to find out whether it provides more value for your money than the AMD Radeon HD 7790 or 7850.