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GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Review: A Budget-Oriented GK106-Based Boss

According to Nvidia, its GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost is best-suited to native 1920x1080 displays, so that's where we'll test it. If you aspire to game across multiple monitors, we recommend saving up for a higher-end graphics card with a more potent GPU and wider memory bus.

AMD's Radeon HD 7850 is this card's primary competition. Its results will be the ones we reference most often. We're also testing the GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GeForce GTX 660 to see how the 650 Ti Boost compares to the rest of Nvidia's GK106-based boards. Finally, the older Radeon HD 6870 and GeForce GTX 560 show us how Nvidia's latest effort stands up to previous-generation sub-$200 graphics cards.

Test System
Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E), 3.3 GHz/3.9 GHz Max Turbo,
Six Cores, LGA 2011, 15 MB Shared L3 Cache, Hyper-Threading enabled.
ASRock X79 Extreme9 (LGA 2011) Chipset: Intel X79 Express
On-Board Gigabit LAN controller
Corsair Vengeance LP PC3-16000, 4 x 4 GB, 1600 MT/s, CL 8-8-8-24-2T
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 560 1 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5

Radeon HD 7850 1 GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 6870 1 GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 7790 1 GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5
Hard Drive
Samsung 470-series 256 GB (SSD)
ePower EP-1200E10-T2 1,200 W
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8
DirectX 11.1
Graphics Drivers
AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 2
Nvidia GeForce 314.21 Beta
Radeon HD 7790 Catalyst Beta Driver
Borderlands 2
v., Custom Benchmark, 60-second Fraps run
Crysis 3
v., Custom Benchmark, 60-second Fraps run
F1 2012
v., Included Benchmark, 60-second Fraps run
Far Cry 3
v., Custom Benchmark, 50-second Fraps run
Tomb Raider
v.1.0.722.3, Custom Benchmark, 45-second Fraps run
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