In the wake of the release of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, the various manufacturers come out with their own versions of Nvidia’s new GPU, which should push full HD gaming to an even more affordable level. Our review will explain all the details and subjects the GPU to a fair amount of tests. ASUS could not provide us with a sample on time for the test, but let us know they have a GTX 650 Ti Boost ready, completely with the famous DirectCU II cooling – and standard overclocked.
Where the GTX 650 Ti Boost typically runs at 980 MHz with a ‘Boost’ to 1033 MHz and the memory at 1502 MHz, the GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II Boost is clocked a notch higher. ASUS specifies a standard GPU speed of 1020 MHz, with a boost of 1085 MHz.
These speeds apply to the overclocked version, because there are two models: the GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 and GTX650TIB-DC2-2GD5. Both come with 2GB DDR5 memory running at an effectively 6008MHz (1502 MHz GDDR5). Furthermore these cards have a DVI-I and DVI-D output, plus HDMI and DisplayPort.
ASUS claims to have 20% lower temperatures for the DirectCU II cooler in comparison with a reference model. This cooler has two 80mm fans which should be very quite due to the minimal airflow resistance.
A test sample arrived already in our lab, too late to be included in the main test of the GTX 650 Ti Boost GPU, but of course we will elaborate on this once the test is completed, to see what the added value is of the standard clock.
Prices and availability are not yet known as of this time of writing, but we will add this as soon as we hear from ASUS.
[Update 03/26/2013 2:21 p.m.] ASUS let us know that the graphic cards should be in store by the end of next week. The MSRP of the OC version is 179 euros, the standard edition will not be available through the regular channels in the Netherlands.