ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II 1GB Graphic Card Review

ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II 1GB Graphic Card Review

We have the 650 Ti card with us, which is something that looks great for users on a budget.

The Card

As usual, the ASUS look & feel.
ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II 1GB Graphic Card Review

Unlike the other cards, the most distinct feature (or not) is that the PCB does not stretch as far as the heatsink.

ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II 1GB Graphic Card Review

When placed in the casing, I see this as a helpful avenue for better heat dissipation as there’s no PCB blocking the airflow direction. SWEET!

ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II 1GB Graphic Card Review

Output connectors.

ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II 1GB Graphic Card Review

No SLI connectors.

ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II 1GB Graphic Card Review

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Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel Core i7-3770S
RAM Kingston Value RAM 4GB 1333
Motherboard MSI Z77A-GD45
Cooler Stock Cooler
Monitor 40″ LCD TV
Power Supply Xigmatek NRP-PC602 600w
Operating System Windows 8 Pro 64bit

Below is the GPU-Z for the card.

ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II 1GB Graphic Card Review

The Performance

Metro 2033

Graphic Detail : AAA, 16 AF. No Physx. No DOF. Very High Quality.

Card Average 1080p Average 720p
Asus GTX 650 Ti 32.5 59.5
Asus GTX 660 48.00 83
Asus GTX 660 Ti 54.00 88.5
ASUS HD 7870 51.00 76.50
Leadtek GTX 460 28.90 51.25

Quite a gap between the 650 Ti and the 660.

Lost Planet 2

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Card Average 1080p Average 720p
Asus GTX 650 Ti 39.1 N/A
Asus GTX 660 56.8 67.6
Asus GTX 660 Ti 62.00 66.8
ASUS HD 7870 50.0 58.8
Leadtek GTX 460 36.9 50.9

Yet again we see a gap between the 650 Ti and the 660. No 720p benchmark, because LP2 on Windows 8 just refuses to allow me to select 1280×720.

Alien Vs Predator

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Card Average 1080p Average 720p
Asus GTX 650 Ti 46.6 89.5
Asus GTX 660 74.1 137.1
Asus GTX 660 Ti 84.1 157.7
ASUS HD 7870 73.6 138.8
Leadtek GTX 460 42.2 77.9

Despite the rather old game engine, it’s still far behind. A little faster than the GTX 460 that’s some 2 generations back.

Heaven 3.0

AxAA, 16x AF, Tesselation Normal.

Card Average 1080p Average 720p
Asus GTX 650 Ti 33.7 58.7
Asus GTX 660 86.7 157.5
Asus GTX 660 Ti 101.7 177.1
ASUS HD 7870 56.9 91.3
Leadtek GTX 460 30.4 47.3

Again it shows a huge gap between it and the 660, and performance wise it’s a little better than the GTX 460, which I reckon is around the GTX 470 range.

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing. Based on 720p preset.

Card Idle (°C) Stress (°C)
Asus GTX 650 Ti 30 50
Asus GTX 660 31 53
ASUS GTX 660 Ti 31 63
ASUS HD 7870 29 80

Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

Conclusion

The 650 Ti has 768 CUDA cores, unlike the 660 that has 960. And that aside, the 650 Ti had only 1GB GDDR5 and memory interface width of 128bit, a huge bandwidth difference between both that is likely the cause of the much reduced performance.

Price gap between GTX 650 Ti and GTX 660 are usually about RM 250 apart (approx ~80 USD) – As you can see from the benchmark, the card is still more than capable of producing good gaming framerates. Bear in mind also that the 650 Ti runs at around 30w less power compared to the 660.

The card is expected to retail at around RM 750 range. Bear in mind that there’s the 650 version that’s about RM 500+ but it has only half the CUDA cores of the Ti variant.

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