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EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Superclocked 2GB (02G-P4-3658-KR)

The EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost is the fastest graphics card in this review. It is packed into a compact box designed in EVGA's traditional style.

 

Besides the card proper, the box contains a power cable, a DVI->D-Sub adapter, an EVGA sticker, a CD with drivers and utilities, and an installation guide.

The product is manufactured in China and is shipped with a 3-year warranty. The bottom retail price of the EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Superclocked equals its recommended price at $170.

The card is the same size as the reference sample (243x99x38 mm) and resembles the latter very much:

The cooler’s casing and the captions on its top and sides are the only distinguishing features of the EVGA card. It has the same selection of video outputs, neatly covered with plastic caps:

The large cells of the vent grid in the card’s mounting bracket are typical of EVGA products, too. The MIO and power connectors are the same as on the reference Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost.

 

Moreover, the power system copies the reference sample, using the same 4+1+1 formula (GPU/memory/PLL).

The GPU is revision A1, too. It was manufactured on the 8th week of 2013.

  

The base GPU clock rate is 1072 MHz in 3D applications and can be boosted to 1137 MHz. It must be noted that EVGA didn’t even have to customize the PCB to reach that frequency. But they may have selected the best-quality GPU chips specifically for this graphics card model. The card has a standard amount and frequency of onboard memory: 2 GB and 6008 MHz. The memory chips are manufactured by Samsung.

Here is what the GPU-Z utility reports about the EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Superclocked:

While being perfectly standard in other respects, the EVGA features an original cooling system that consists of a metallic frame that contacts with the memory chips and power components, a copper base with an 8mm heat pipe, an aluminum heatsink with slim fins, and a plastic casing with blower.

 

This cooler might be expected to be more efficient than the reference one but it is not, actually. In the automatic regulation mode the GPU was 82°C hot at 2070 RPM. At the maximum 3330 RPM the temperature was 70°C, which is higher than the reference card’s, too.


Auto fan mode

Maximum fan speed

It is odd that the enhanced cooler from EVGA is less efficient than the simple cooler installed on Nvidia's reference card. Considering the latter's temperature in overclocked mode, the difference is not due to the EVGA's pre-overclocked GPU. It is the problem of the cooler design itself.

Next we checked out the overclocking potential of our EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Superclocked and found it to be very low. The GPU could only be overclocked by 45 MHz (because of the high default clock rate of the chip) and the graphics memory, by 600 MHz.

The resulting frequencies were 1117/1183/6608 MHz.

The graphics card’s temperature didn’t change much after we had overclocked it.

 

 
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