Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

What should I Buy? GTX 650 ti Boost vs GTX 660 (non ti)

Last response: in Components
Share
May 29, 2013 12:04:27 AM

Hi All,

I keep reading and reading reviews and the very informed views on the forums etc and still cannot decide!

I am not in anyway Nvidia fan-boy (bit of background on me :)  I used to build my own and families PC's and I am still the first line responder to PC woes, but to give you an idea, the last system I built was around a voodoo 3000. After which i went to the dark side of console gaming ;) .

I digress sorry, I am in my final year of a degree and to help with the coding I decided to build a new system. This was mainly for Matlab and Solidworks so went down the Intel path, no way could i afford decent i7 so went with the i5 3570K, I love this chip, sits at 25C happily and when loaded hits 45-47C and only 45W (handbrake recoding 9Gb rip to 1.5Gb).

So as this was for uni and I was doing my dissertation I took the sensible choice and left out buying a graphics card (procrastination always a problem) but thought on completion i would treat my self.

Again not Nvidia fan-boy but with the usage of Matlab and Solidworks its a no brainer to choose Nvidia, go 'Cuda's'.

With the outing of the GTX 650 Ti Boost I thought they had hit the sweat spot for me personally, but then looking at the £5-15 price difference on the GTX 660 why wouldnt I?

So what would you all recommend, UK based.

EVGA GTX 650 ti boost SC 2GB
http://tinyurl.com/poo4j8o

or

EVGA Nvidia GTX 660 2GB
http://tinyurl.com/nkauurk

vs

Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX660 OC 2gb
http://tinyurl.com/pumle97


Right why EVGA or Gigabyte, I like the UK RMA polices. Also the choice is internal ventilation or rear exhaust. I have small case, with the stock fans and its next to living room tv (Fractal cases are excellent at hiding, and is nearly silent with included fans). Also as heat isn't a problem yet I don't wont to introduce a problem into the case, but will add secondary intake in front or possible in bottom direct onto GPU fan placement.

I know the recommended power is 450W but with my i5 and only one HDD it shouldn't hit more than 330W fully loaded, I've added other components and monitored rails (software monitor only) and its a really stable PSU and again quiet, 28hrs solid coding and typing and CPU never got above 27C. But wouldn't want to add anything more power hungry than 660.

its a stupid question really i know just want to know oppinions on internal external venting and temps, is the 650 Boost power and noise worth the drop in performance over the 660 non ti? Things like that.

Please no buy a 7850 it beats....... I know ATI are good real good but they aren't strongly supported in the software I use :)  sorry.

Thank you all in advance for reading this and any help and advice oh and budget is fixed no more in the piggy bank :( 

Dan


May 29, 2013 12:28:08 AM

My choice is the Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX660 OC 2gb, better price than EVGA and also gigabyte has a custom cooler than the ref. design of EVGA.
Might change my option if that 660 card is EVGA SC or FTW version but it's not so get the gigabyte you mention above. forget the 650 ti boost it's only $1 difference from EVGA GTX 660.
May 29, 2013 1:13:16 AM

Thanks Dudeknows for quick response, yep I am leaning that way. The gigabyte is nice and quiet and cool but in small case will it add much heat? i do like the EVGA rear exhaust though so may have to track a SC or FTW down in my price range.

Its been so long since last build just want sounding board, make sure i am not being stupid.
Thanks again for your response
Dan
Related resources
May 29, 2013 1:22:00 AM

You'll have to look up the boost reviews to confirm, I'm going by memory. Aren't the TI boost and 660 the same GPU? I'm trying to remember all the differences that Nvidia gave it, but the one I think I remember is that it sits on a lower memory bus. 128bit vs 192? I think the chip inside is same. This makes it cheaper to make, and slows it down enough. The question is how do you programs run? If they are merely using the cores available and the memory doesn't matte much then its safe to get the boost. Frankly I'd say pony up the 15£. You will probably be better off with the faster card in the long run. And it's not that much more money.
May 30, 2013 9:19:55 PM

Daniel Marsden said:
Hi All,

I keep reading and reading reviews and the very informed views on the forums etc and still cannot decide!

I am not in anyway Nvidia fan-boy (bit of background on me :)  I used to build my own and families PC's and I am still the first line responder to PC woes, but to give you an idea, the last system I built was around a voodoo 3000. After which i went to the dark side of console gaming ;) .

I digress sorry, I am in my final year of a degree and to help with the coding I decided to build a new system. This was mainly for Matlab and Solidworks so went down the Intel path, no way could i afford decent i7 so went with the i5 3570K, I love this chip, sits at 25C happily and when loaded hits 45-47C and only 45W (handbrake recoding 9Gb rip to 1.5Gb).

So as this was for uni and I was doing my dissertation I took the sensible choice and left out buying a graphics card (procrastination always a problem) but thought on completion i would treat my self.

Again not Nvidia fan-boy but with the usage of Matlab and Solidworks its a no brainer to choose Nvidia, go 'Cuda's'.

With the outing of the GTX 650 Ti Boost I thought they had hit the sweat spot for me personally, but then looking at the £5-15 price difference on the GTX 660 why wouldnt I?

So what would you all recommend, UK based.

EVGA GTX 650 ti boost SC 2GB
http://tinyurl.com/poo4j8o

or

EVGA Nvidia GTX 660 2GB
http://tinyurl.com/nkauurk

vs

Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX660 OC 2gb
http://tinyurl.com/pumle97


Right why EVGA or Gigabyte, I like the UK RMA polices. Also the choice is internal ventilation or rear exhaust. I have small case, with the stock fans and its next to living room tv (Fractal cases are excellent at hiding, and is nearly silent with included fans). Also as heat isn't a problem yet I don't wont to introduce a problem into the case, but will add secondary intake in front or possible in bottom direct onto GPU fan placement.

I know the recommended power is 450W but with my i5 and only one HDD it shouldn't hit more than 330W fully loaded, I've added other components and monitored rails (software monitor only) and its a really stable PSU and again quiet, 28hrs solid coding and typing and CPU never got above 27C. But wouldn't want to add anything more power hungry than 660.

its a stupid question really i know just want to know oppinions on internal external venting and temps, is the 650 Boost power and noise worth the drop in performance over the 660 non ti? Things like that.

Please no buy a 7850 it beats....... I know ATI are good real good but they aren't strongly supported in the software I use :)  sorry.

Thank you all in advance for reading this and any help and advice oh and budget is fixed no more in the piggy bank :( 

Dan




Dan, A friend of mine is running an ASUS 660, and I am running two EVGA superclocked 660's. I have benched my rig with just one 660, and with my friends card installed. It ran well with the single cards. If it helps any, I am really happy with the performance of the 660, either single card config or SLI. If your programs favor Nvidia, then I would do the 660 route; the extra memory bus will help you. The Gigabyte card has a quieter cooling system then the EVGA, if that makes any diff.
May 30, 2013 11:30:53 PM

Thanks nostall and all

Thanks just confirmed what is obvious (just wanted other opinions, helps stop those niggly 'buy this no buy that' voices that you hear in your head when your finger hovers over the confirm order button :)  ) bit the bullet last night and went for the gigabyte. Then as you do carried on looking at review etc, bonus this time found some new youtube reviews that made me feel better, really quiet, nice and cool and with the factory OC really good FPS in all the top tier games (though obviously not just bought to play).

If temps arent the best will throw in a couple more fans and get the flow more balanced but should have plenty of head room especially with the gloroius UK summer temps we are having so far this year.

All the best to you all

Looking foward to completing my system now with a GPU

Danny

Right what to play first mmmmmmmmmm..............................................



May 31, 2013 10:33:04 PM

Daniel Marsden said:
Thanks nostall and all

Thanks just confirmed what is obvious (just wanted other opinions, helps stop those niggly 'buy this no buy that' voices that you hear in your head when your finger hovers over the confirm order button :)  ) bit the bullet last night and went for the gigabyte. Then as you do carried on looking at review etc, bonus this time found some new youtube reviews that made me feel better, really quiet, nice and cool and with the factory OC really good FPS in all the top tier games (though obviously not just bought to play).

If temps arent the best will throw in a couple more fans and get the flow more balanced but should have plenty of head room especially with the gloroius UK summer temps we are having so far this year.

All the best to you all

Looking foward to completing my system now with a GPU

Danny

Right what to play first mmmmmmmmmm..............................................





Well, what do you like to play? First/third person shooters, RTS, puzzles. I really like the Call of Duty series and the graphics in Battle Field 3 are pretty cool,and lately Metro 2033 or Last Light. Other family members have gotten hooked on WOW and the Elder Scrolls series. Your new PC should play almost anything really well. Have fun and congratulations on completing your degree.

If one of us provided the Best Answer, we would appreciate you marking it as such. Thanks.
August 29, 2013 8:12:41 AM

Get the gigabyte OC. That's the one I have, it runs skyrim and other games at 60 FPS.
!