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Report: Nvidia Working on a Faster GeForce GTX 650 Ti

A couple days ago we showed you AMD's new Radeon HD 7790, and this might have given Nvidia a bit of a shock due to the card's competitive performance and low price of just £118, Nvidia may be revising the GeForce 6TX 650 Ti to better complete with AMD.

What this revision will actually entail is still unknown, but we are told that it will not involve any changes to the card's 768 CUDA cores, 5.4 GHz memory clock or 128-bit memory clock. With no change to the die's physical specifications, we can speculate that it will involve an increase to the 650 Ti current clock speed of 928 Mhz.

 

The revised GeForce 650 Ti is expected to release in late March / early April and is likely to retain its current price point. Since this news has not been confirmed by Nvidia, we can't guarantee the accuracy of this information.

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Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • faster23rd
    Wow. All these competition on the entry-level gaming GPU market ought to benefit folks like me who are on a budget. Keep the salvoes up, AMD and nVidia!
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  • spat55
    looks like a cute little thing! Not often I say that
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  • PallindroneT3604
    The EVGA Super-super-clocked already jets from the factory @ 1030+mhz/sec clock, so maybe it's either to : A)make it more power compliant like the GTX650-E off the PCIx16 rails power, or B)3GBS of GDDR5....either is great news to the average budgeteer!

    ....or not.
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  • lhughey
    spat55looks like a cute little thing! Not often I say that
    You don't say it often, cause you hear it all the time! :)
    Sorry, I couldn't resist. But seriously, this is another example of how competition is great. I just wish they would do this for the 660ti.
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  • Memnarchon
    Well if we see a good competition from 650ti vs 7790, it would be epic for a lot of people's wallets.
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  • f-14
    i would rather see a standard 256bit memory bus, everything else is just an over clock
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  • ipwn3r456
    Or you can focus on the GeForce 700 series instead... I think people are more likely to buy that.
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  • blazorthon
    Increasing the GPU frequency of the GTX 650 Ti a little will not change its performance by much at all. It's too extremely memory bandwidth bottle-necked. It'd be faster if they brought the GPU down to 576 cores at the same frequency and bumped up the memory interface to 192 bit at the same frequency. The GTX 660 and GTX 650 give very conclusive evidence for this.

    lhugheyYou don't say it often, cause you hear it all the time! Sorry, I couldn't resist. But seriously, this is another example of how competition is great. I just wish they would do this for the 660ti.
    The same is true for the 660 Ti. It's GPU is so memory bandwidth bottle-necked that increasing its frequency a little own't make much difference whereas increasing memory performance does make a difference (the GTX 670 and 680 prove this quite excellently).

    If Nvidia wanted a decent improvement in either card without changing the hardware, then the best option would be to make a new reference specification with better memory for the 650 Ti (and also the 660 Ti if they wanted a higher performing version of it). Unfortunately, except for the unlikely scenario where Nvidia would also require better memory binning as well, I find it unlikely that this would help the overclocking community in getting more card options in this price range.

    A higher GPU frequency wouldn't hurt, I'm just saying that it won't make much difference on its own, at least not unless it's a very big change.
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  • Memnarchon
    10500546 said:
    i would rather see a standard 256bit memory bus, everything else is just an over clock

    Not even 660ti has 256bit memory bus, so I wouldn't expect it from 650ti. A 192bit though would be nice but Nvidia said that they will not change any physical part :/.
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  • tomfreak
    just make the new 650ti 768 core 24ROP + 192bit and 1.5GB VRAM. (saving 512MB for cost cutting) All these will give 7800 a serious kick.
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