On GeForce GTX 650 Ti performance: We are not really impressed with the performance of this graphics card in games. Yes, it is priced adequately, as its performance is somewhere in between that of the Radeon HD 7850 2GB and Radeon HD 7770 1GB. But this is where the question is: who is the primary competitor for GeForce GTX 650 Ti in this case? People with a little bigger budget will definitely prefer a Radeon HD 7850 and people with smaller budget will most likely buy a Radeon HD 7770 or even a non-gaming GeForce GT 640. As we’ve found out today, there’s no point in purchasing the more expensive version with 2 GB of memory because the extra memory doesn’t make it any faster. So, the GTX 650 Ti with its low price and modest performance cannot compete with the Radeon HD 7850, and the latter can’t be expected to get cheaper in the near future. The Radeon HD 7770 is already cheaper than the GTX 650 Ti 1GB, so we can’t expect any changes in its price, either.
On GeForce GT 640: Being only half as fast as the GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB, this card is not proportionally cheaper. It only allows comfortable gaming experience at 1280x1024 and with medium image quality settings even in not-very-new games. In the currently standard resolution of 1920x1080 the GeForce GT 640 can deliver no more than 20 fps with but few exceptions. And it is no faster than 10 fps in the newest gaming titles. So, this product cannot be recommended for gamers. It can be used as a display adapter though, especially as, like all Kepler-based products, it allows connecting up to four displays simultaneously.
On testing participants: Except the reference card from Nvidia, we’ve discussed three unique GeForce GTX 650 Ti models from EVGA, Gigabyte and Zotac. Each has its own peculiarities. The EVGA card has the fastest GPU clocked at 1072 MHz, high overclocking potential, and the lowest price due to 1 GB of memory. The 2GB Gigabyte features the most efficient and quietest cooler plus a D-Sub output. The compact Zotac is comes with overclocked GPU and memory, becoming the fastest GTX 650 Ti among the four. On the other hand, they all have quite a lot of things in common: PCBs and memory chips, DVI interfaces, comparable accessories, warranty and the overclocking potential of the graphics memory. So, there are quite a few god options to consider, if you want a GeForce GTX 650 Ti.