Nvidia GTX 650Ti & Zotac GTX 650Ti AMP! Edition Review

By on October 9, 2012
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The best budget card for 1080p gaming?

We all know that 1080p monitors are the mainstream standard for PC gamers nowadays. Of course, having a full HD screen doesn’t really benefit budget gamers because previously budget cards would either mean play the latest games at low(est) settings on 1080p, or lower the resolution if you want higher setting; neither of which is a good solution. Today, I’ll be looking at the recently launched Nvidia GTX 650Ti which promises to bring full HD gaming performance on a truly budget card.

The GTX 650Ti is officially the last card in the GTX 600 series from Nvidia, presumably GTX 700 begins towards the end of the year. And while Kepler was brought to the masses in the form of the GTX 660Ti, and even more so with the GTX 660 and GTX 650, both of those cards presented extreme value propositions. On the one hand the GTX 650 at $120 performs too low for proper 1080p gaming, while the GTX 660 at $220 is a tad bit too expensive for budget gamers, despite performing better than any “budget” card. However, above $200 makes the GTX 660 not a budget card.

Enter the Nvidia GTX 650Ti, which, at $150 promises to give you some serious horsepower at that sweet price point. Obviously the GTX 650Ti brings with all the performance and power efficiency benefit of the Kepler architecture, so those who’re still sticking with their Fermi cards will rejoice at what $150 will get you now.

Well, one thing that entices early adopters is that like the GTX 660Ti and Borderlands 2 tie-in, almost every GTX 650Ti will come with a code for Assassins Creed III.


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