GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost launched

Uses Nvidia's Boost tech
Darren Allan

March 27, 2013

Nvidia has pushed out another lower end graphics solution in the form of its GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost card.

That makes three cards in the GTX 650 line-up now: The plain GTX 650, the Ti version, and now the Ti Boost which offers a fair bit more pep than the Ti.

The 2GB version of the Boost will retail at around the £145 mark initially, with the 1GB card coming in at £125.

Currently the older 2GB GTX 650 Ti is available for around the £120 mark, the exact price varying depending on which brand you go for.

Nvidia’s new Boost version is Kepler-based and offers a purported 40 per cent performance increase over the 650 Ti, and if those figures are confirmed by testing, that makes this card pretty good darn value for money.

Nvidia notes that it has a wider 192-bit memory interface and up to 60 per cent more memory bandwidth than the original card.

As the name suggests, it uses Nvidia’s Boost technology which intelligently adjusts how hard the GPU is working to meet the graphics demands of any particular game. So in other words, if it’s running cool enough and can do so, it will jack up its clock speed to give a performance “boost” when playing more demanding titles.

In terms of its place against rival AMD cards, the Ti Boost goes up against the recently launched HD 7790, the 1GB version of which is also pitched at the £125 mark. Early benchmarking shows the Nvidia card is a bit faster – so it’s a pretty obvious choice for gamers on a budget given the identical price.

However, we expect that AMD will cut its price down towards the £100 mark to stay competitive.

The 1GB version of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost will be out next month, and all this is good news for gamers who can’t (or won’t) shell out hundreds of pounds for the latest monster board.


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