Inno3D GTX650Ti Boost iChill Review
Published: 19th May 2013 | Source: Inno3D | Price: |
If there is one thing that our testing of the Inno3D GTX650Ti Boost iChill has revealed, besides how incredibly long the card name is, is that the GTX650Ti Boosts are all nearly identical in performance. Whether it's the reference card, the Windforce Gigabyte one, or the Inno3D on test today they all are capable of extremely similar results in both the benchmarks and gaming tests.
So if it doesn't really matter in performance terms which one you buy, then the additional elements provide the difference between a purchase and a skip.
The Inno3D has one thing against it, and a couple of things in it's favour.
Firstly the odd decision to double the power inputs to two six-pins has to be counted against it. The reference card and the Gigabyte both make do with a single 6pin, and the Inno3D doesn't provide sufficient overclocking beastliness to make the extra power a requirement. Secondly the heatsink on our review model was significantly bent. It didn't impact performance at all but we're concerned about what could have possibly caused such a bend. However, we're confident that this an unlucky one-off.
On the plus-side the cooler is incredible. It looks great for starters. Fitting the card like a glove and looking nice in any setup, it makes the card look a lot pricier than its actual midrange value. The cooling performance is near unbelievable. If we hadn't checked it ourself and it provided the same result in both stock and overclocked trim, then we'd struggle to think there wasn't some shenanigans going on.
So the Inno3D GTX650Ti Boost iChill is a cool, quiet, good looking and on-par performing GTX650Ti. Price is unavailable at time of press but assuming that it comes in at the £150 price-point of the other GTX650Ti Boosts then the cooling performance alone is enough to make it on to anyone's shortlist and for that reason we're awarding it our OC3D Silver Award.