The Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC edition is a product series that was introduced as a card that needs to compete with the new AMD Radeon HD 7790 (released last week), and yeah it successfully wins from that product in almost any scenario. The Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC edition as such offers plenty of muscle to play today's games with good quality settings and Full HD monitor resolutions. Where the rest of the 650 Cards are marginal and lack just a that little extra bite in performance, this Boost edition simple delivers what is needed. Comparing the Palit OC edition with the reference design we hardly see any feature or performance difference. However the large benefit is that the cooler used on the Palit OC edition is very silent and cools better.
Realistically the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost edition graphics card is a good chunk faster compared to the R7790. Where the AMD card with your standard image quality settings is in the 30~35 FPS range at Full HD resolutions, this GTX 660 Ti Boost is continuously in the 40 FPS range at 1920x1080/1200. And really it's precisely where you need to be. The frame-rates are based on modern game titles with good image quality settings. So Yeah Nvidia did really well. To be fair, this card is not a GeForce GTX 650 ... it's a GTX 660 with a few shader processors disabled. As such you see this product continuously being only a few frames per second lower than that GeForce GTX 660. But who cares right ? For less money you get nearly the same performance -- that's a win.
That makes the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost the all new affordable 169 EUR entry-level to mainstream gaming card. Based upon Kepler architecture this product will get you all the benefits and features this architecture has to offer. Even getting 3 or 4 monitors connected is an option. For the GTX 650 series new is a SLi connector.
The Palit OC edition is a product at entry level mid-range, that sounds a bit weird I know but it's the lowest SKU in mid-range. As such the product is affordable and therefor do keep in mind that the design and money you pay for this product need to be in line. Overall the Palit design looks good with a nice black PCB. The cooler is not the 'coolest looking' in the business but it looks okay and realistically the cooler is much better then the reference design in both performance and noise levels.
Directly related to the aesthetics is the cooling and thus the noise levels. Palit offers a dual-slot dual-fan cooler. It really offers great performance, under game load it stays under 70 Degrees C and the added benefit is that it remains totally silent. So we have very little to complain here, thumb up really.
The GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost editions are rated at a 140 Watt TDP. That is on the high side for a 650 series card really but this again is due to the nature of the GTX 660 DNA this card uses. Our measurements show 135 Watt at peak with a modern game is more in line with what you'll see, our model was a factory reference version so expect slightly higher numbers with Factory Faster clocked products. Take that 135 Watt and add to that the processor, memory, motherboard and other peripheral devices, our recommendation stands at a 500 Watt power supply, with a decent overclock that should be sufficient.
Overclocking then, we again notice nice results but they are similar to the reference model. Due to NVIDIA's power design and limitations these days all air-cooled SKUs willr each roughly the same numbers. it depends a little on GPU transistor leakage and stuff like that. The board power design is 140 Watt, you may increase the power limit with another 10% which means 150~155 Watt of power consumption is at your disposal when overclocking. Basically we added 140 MHz on the clock offset, Added 350 MHz on the memory slider and that resulted the games to run 1228 MHz on the GPU core with the memory running at 6804 MHz. Remember that GPU clock can differ a little with the dynamic clocks in relation to the power signature of the application running. But yeah, if you need a little more bite, don't be afraid to overclock these cards. A 10% gain could be easily achieved allowing you to reach the 1200 MHz region based on a dynamic boost clock.
As always prices remain debatable. We expect the Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC edition to sell for roughly 169 EUR/USD based on the fact that it is the 2GB model, it comes slightly overclocked and has that custom cooler.
Realistically the price comes down to 160 EUR then the card really is a little gem to purchase. For that money you will receive a nice 2GB graphics card that can play all the latest games at good image quality settings with very acceptable framerates at a resolution of 1920x1080/1200. So is it good value ? Yes, it is a versatile and progressive card when it comes to features and options.
Admittedly I am a bit of a fan of the Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC edition and GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost in general. The product is one of the value for money type products that seems to be balancing out really well. The reason why i am excited about it is that the product allows you to play your games at 1920x1080 and everyone of you guys by now will have upgraded towards a monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080/1200. That's where this card will be a perfect fit as it balances out game quality and performance really well. If you need that wee bit extra then tweaking wise the product will not disappoint either, 1150~1200 MHz should not be an issue as well as.
The product is balanced out nicely price and performance wise. Palit is giving it their extra love by adding the dual-fan cooler which makes this product totally silent whilst offering better cooling performance over the reference coolers. The extra overclock is really too small to make a real difference, but hey now every little bit helps right ? If this is what your budget allows you to spend then yeah, very much recommended is it is a good value product.
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