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EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC 1GB (01G-P4-3652-KR)

EVGA’s product packaging is easily identifiable and the new EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC 1GB is no exception.

 

On the front of the box you can see the manufacturer’s name, model name, memory type and memory amount together with the mysterious abbreviation SSC. For detailed specs and key features you can refer to the back of the packaging.

The card is shipped together with a DVI->D-Sub adapter, a power adapter (two PATA->one 6-pin connector), a CD with drivers and utilities, an EVGA sticker, an installation guide, and two leaflets:

The EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC is manufactured in China and costs $149.9. Included into this price is the manufacturer’s official 3-year warranty. EVGA offers as many as four GeForce GTX 650 Ti models. Ours is one of the two faster variants (the other fast version is equipped with 2 gigabytes of memory).

The external difference from the reference card is limited to the plastic casing with the manufacturer’s and product’s names.

The whole card and its PCB are each 145 mm long. The dual-slot design makes it 38 mm thick. Besides the standard selection of video interfaces (dual-link DVI ports and one mini-HDMI version 1.4a), there is a vent grid in the card’s mounting bracket to exhaust the hot air out of the computer case:

As opposed to the reference sample, the EVGA version does exhaust the hot air since its casing covers it from every side, except for the fan.

A 6-pin power connector is placed in the top right corner of the PCB.

Despite the increased clock rates, EVGA recommends a 400-watt PSU and claims that the card’s peak power draw is not higher than 110 watts, just as written in Nvidia’s official specs.

The PCB follows the reference design with a 2+1-phase power system and memory chips on its face side.

As opposed to the reference card, the EVGA has a protective plastic frame on the GPU.

The GPU clock rate is increased from the standard 928 MHz to 1072 MHz (+15.5%), which is the highest frequency among the products included into this test session, so we can tell you now that the SSC abbreviation stands for Super Super Clocked. The rest of the GPU specs are identical to the reference card.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC is equipped with 1 gigabyte of GDDR5 memory in the same Hynix H5GQ2H24AFR R0C chips as we’ve seen on the Nvidia card.

The memory is not pre-overclocked, working at 5400 MHz. The card drops its memory and GPU clock rate to 648 MHz and 324 MHz, respectively, in 2D applications.

Here’s what the GPU-Z utility reports about the EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC:

There’s not much we can tell you about the cooling system installed on the EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC. The plastic casing hides a plain aluminum heatsink with an 80mm Everflow T128015SH fan:

EVGA thinks that’s enough to cool an overclocked GK106. Let’s see if that’s indeed so:


Auto fan mode

Maximum fan speed

Notwithstanding the considerably higher GPU clock rate compared to the reference card from Nvidia, the EVGA card’s GPU is colder: 60°C in the automatic fan regulation mode and 54°C at the maximum speed of the fan. Judging by the monitoring data, the fan only worked at 21% of its full capacity in the automatic mode. We wonder how EVGA managed to improve the cooler’s performance compared to the reference cooler. The only explanation we can think of is that the plastic casing contributes to this result by helping to exhaust the hot air out of the computer case.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC being pre-overclocked, we didn’t expect any miracles from it in our own overclockability tests. Indeed, we only managed to increase the GPU clock rate by 55 MHz, reaching 1127 MHz. The memory chips overclocked very well again, from 5400 MHz to 7200 MHz, just like on the reference Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti.

The memory bandwidth grew from 86.4 GB/s to 115.2 GB/s after our overclocking. The fill rate increased as well.

The overclocked EVGA remained cool enough, its peak GPU temperature being no higher than 66°C in the automatic fan regulation mode.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC leaves a very good overall impression even though its memory amount is 1 GB only.

 
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