nVidia GTX650Ti Boost Review
The GTX650Ti Boost is going to be interesting to two audiences.
On the one hand those who already have a midrange card from the last generation, such as the GTX560Ti or HD6950, will be curious as to whether it's worth the upgrade. The other main potential market is from people who are using a very very old graphics card or none at all, and wonder if the GTX650Ti Boost provides enough performance per pound to be worthy of investment.
For the first, those who already own a card of similar performance to those named, we don't think that the GTX650Ti Boost has enough to make it worth upgrading. If you went from a 448 variant of the GTX560Ti to this card, if anything you'll lose performance, and if you've got a card better than that it certainly isn't going to be worth an outlay. It's a little more environmentally friendly with a lower power draw, but you'll never reap the benefits and the energy cost from producing the card will be greater than any savings you make. For the benchmark people in the audience the GTX650Ti Boost isn't the best choice either, as throughout our benchmarks it performed averagely at best, and bordering on poor.
But, and it's a big but, if you're a gamer and you currently have an ageing card such as an 8800GT, or even worse you're running on integrated graphics, or even possibly building your first gaming rig on a tight budget then the GTX650Ti Boost is a fantastic option. Just over £140 buys you a card that is relatively low-power, cool enough to not overheat an average sized case, and capable of running even the latest games at a fair clip.
It's worth pointing out that we always run our games at the maximum possible settings. Even in these modern times anti-aliasing still has a hefty performance hit, but if you're careful to limit yourself to perhaps 2xAA and high, rather than extreme, textures and shadows, then the GTX650Ti Boost will happily give you many hours of enjoyment. Older titles such as Mafia 2, Resident Evil 5 and Far Cry 2 are easily run even at maximum image quality.
As long as you're careful not to demand too much, the GTX650Ti Boost is a perfect choice for the value conscious gamer. For this reason we're happy to award it both our OC3D Value for Money and OC3D Gamers Choice awards.