GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST: Tuned For Sweet Spot Gaming

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We had a clear goal in mind when we designed our latest GeForce GTX GPU: enable gamers to experience the 'sweet spot' in visual quality at a great price. We defined this sweet spot as 1920x1080, the most popular screen resolution amongst today's gamers, with High in-game quality presets enabled. GeForce customers who are passionate about their games don't get any joy from dialing down settings to low or medium, but achieving maximum levels of quality in the latest games typically comes at a significant performance cost. That's why High graphics settings strike a nice balance, delivering much of the performance benefits of lower detail levels, with near-identical visual fidelity to a game's best settings.

The $109 GTX 650 gave gamers great Low-to-Medium quality performance at an unbeatable price, and the $129 GTX 650 Ti upped the ante with Medium-to-High graphics. What was missing was a GPU under $200 that could play most games at 1920x1080 with High settings.

Our solution: the $149 (1GB) and $169 (2GB) GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST. The 2GB versions are available starting today from e-tailers and retailers worldwide. The 1GB versions will starting hitting shelves in April. Boasting 768 CUDA Cores, 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and a 192-bit memory interface, the GTX 650 Ti BOOST is perfectly suited for achieving High quality graphics in today's hottest PC games. And as the name suggests, we've added GPU Boost for improved performance.

Compared to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST features a 5% faster 980MHz base clock, a higher texture fill rate of 62.7 Gigatexels per second, and 60% more memory bandwidth. When enabled, the Boost Clock pushes our reference design to 1033MHz, 105MHz higher than the fixed-speed GTX 650 Ti.

Rounding out the list of changes is the addition of SLI, enabling gamers to add a second GTX 650 Ti BOOST GPU to their systems, doubling performance in optimized, SLI-ready games.

Specifications GeForce GTX TITAN GeForce GTX 680 GeForce GTX 670 GeForce GTX 660 Ti GeForce GTX 660 GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST GeForce GTX 650 Ti GeForce GTX 650
Chip GK110 GK104 GK104 GK104 GK106 GK106 GK106 GK107
CUDA Cores 2688 1536 1344 1344 960 768 768 384
Base Clock 837 MHz 1006 MHz 915 MHz 915 MHz 980 MHz 980 MHz 928 MHz 1058 MHz
Boost Clock 876 MHz 1058 MHz 980 MHz 980 MHz 1033 MHz 1033 MHz N/A N/A
Memory Configuration 6 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 1-2 GB 1 GB 1 GB
Memory Speed 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 5.4 Gbps 5.0 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 288 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 144 GB/s 144 GB/s 144 GB/s 86.4 GB/s 80 GB/s
Power Connectors 1 x 6-pin
1 x 8-pin
2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin 6-pin 6-pin 6-pin 6-pin
Outputs DL-DVI-I
DL-DVI-D
HDMI
DP
DL-DVI-I
DL-DVI-D
HDMI
DP
DL-DVI-I
DL-DVI-D
HDMI
DP
DL-DVI-I
DL-DVI-D
HDMI
DP
DL-DVI-I
DL-DVI-D
HDMI
DP
DL-DVI-I
DL-DVI-D
HDMI
DP
DL-DVI-I
DL-DVI-D
mini-HDMI
DL-DVI-I
DL-DVI-D
mini-HDMI
TDP 250 W 195 W 170 W 150 W 150 W 140 W 110 W 64 W
SLI Options 3-way 3-way 3-way 3-way 2-way 2-way N/A N/A
Price $999 $499 $399 $299 $199 $149 (1GB)
$169 (2GB)
$129 $109

Combined, these changes allow the GTX 650 Ti BOOST to hit 35-40 frames per second in today's most popular games, at minimum, using High quality settings at 1920x1080, the most popular PC gaming resolution:


On average, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST was 42% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti in our tests.

Gamers upgrading from an older GPU will see a significant increase in both image quality and performance with the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST. Take the 9600 GT for example, the seventh most-popular GPU amongst Steam's millions of users. Now five years old, the 9600 GT is over six times slower than the GTX 650 Ti BOOST, which sports four times as much memory and twelve times the number of CUDA Cores, and can render the latest DirectX 11 effects and features.

In PlanetSide 2, an extremely popular, recently released, graphically intensive massively multiplayer online first-person shooter, the 9600 GT can barely cope, running at an unplayable 14 frames per second in our benchmark. The GTX 650 Ti fares better, but at 33 frames per second consistently smooth performance is not guaranteed in a game with 2,000 players fighting simultaneously on massive continents. The GTX 650 Ti BOOST, meanwhile, puts its extra memory bandwidth, memory, and clock speed to good use, hitting 45 frames per second, a result 36% faster than that seen on the standard GTX 650 Ti.

Gamers buying the GTX 650 Ti BOOST will also benefit from the innovative technologies and features introduced by its Kepler GPU, such as class-leading power efficiency, lower GPU temperatures, significantly improved acoustic performance, Adaptive VSync, 3+1 single-card Surround, and TXAA anti-aliasing. Furthermore, the GTX 650 Ti BOOST's 768 CUDA Cores allow Batman: Arkham City, Borderlands 2, Hawken, PlanetSide 2, and Warframe to be enhanced with hardware-accelerated PhysX effects that increase immersion and the visual spectacle of each title.


The reference design GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST measures 9.5" in length and features two dual-link DVI outputs, one HDMI output, and one DisplayPort connector, allowing gamers to output to four monitors simultaneously.

If you're looking for an affordable upgrade that gives you the maximum amount of features and a great level of performance in any title, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST ticks all the boxes. It runs the latest games at over 35 frames per second at 1920x1080, with High image quality settings enabled, costs less than $170, and the 2GB version enables maximum texture quality in all games, in addition to the use of mods in titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Its GPU Boost support, meanwhile, enables maximum performance in each and every game, and when you're not gaming its four display outputs allow for a productivity-enhancing four-screen setup.

Offering the ideal balance between price and performance, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST is the perfect card for the cost-conscious gamer.

For a limited time, select GeForce GTX 600 Series graphics cards are bundled with bonus in-game currency for use in PlanetSide 2, Hawken, and World of Tanks. Learn more about the bundle here, and see where to buy here.

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