Choosing a midrange graphics card isn’t an easy task, especially when it comes to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. We’ve examined six variants of that model, comparing them with each other as well as with the reference sample from Nvidia. Despite different coolers, clock rates, accessories and other factors, all of them feature the reference PCB design (occasionally complemented with additional components as on the MSI, Gigabyte and Inno3D products). All of them are comparable in terms of GPU overclocking. Their prices vary by a mere $10-20, which is not much even for the midrange category.
What would we choose then? We guess such factors as noise level and temperature come to the fore, so the Inno3D iChill GTX 650 Ti BOOST HerculeZ 2000 is our favorite. It is the only card to be comfortable acoustically in 3D applications and its cooler is unrivalled in efficiency. Therefore, we are proud to award the Inno3D card our Editor’s Choice title:
Second place and the Recommended Buy title goes to two cards, namely MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Twin Frozr III and Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST OC. Both are high-quality products with efficient coolers and factory overclocking:
The Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST OC and ZOTAC GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST couldn’t show us anything special whereas the EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Superclocked, even though with the highest default clock rates, is too noisy and hot. Well, even the EVGA was better than the reference card from Nvidia.
As for the 2-way SLI configuration we built out of two GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost cards, it turned out to be faster than the ex-flagship GeForce GTX 680. So if you are not afraid of the lower bottom frame rate and potential compatibility issues in newer games, building such a tandem may be worthwhile, especially if you can get a second such card at a very small price.