The best budget card for 1080p gaming?
The following testbed was used to benchmark both the GTX 650Ti cards:
Below are the details of how each benchmark was conducted with specific details of settings used. All of the below benchmarks were run at a resolution of 1920×1080.
Note: While the GTX 650Ti, HD 7700 series and GTX 550Ti were tested using the above settings, the GTX 660 and HD 7850 were tested using the below settings:
Overclocking the GTX 650Ti turned out to be a difficult proposition, given the limitation of the memory bandwidth and already highly clocked speeds. On the reference Nvidia GTX 650Ti I managed to push the core clock to 980MHz from 928MHzm while the Zotac GTX 650Ti AMP! Edition managed 1133MHz from 1033MHz. In both cases the overclocked performance was negligible, with 2 to 3 fps increase as you’ll see below.