Nvidia are making aggressive moves in the budget end of the PC gaming graphics card market today, introducing the Nvidia 650 Ti Boost card. Less than a week since the unveiling of the rival new AMD HD 7790, it seems Nvidia are in no mood to lose any ground to their competitor.
The third card with the GTX 650 prefix (sitting between the GTX 650 and GTX 650 Ti), the Boost offers 782 CUDA cores, a base clock of 980MHz and a TDP of 140W. That up from 769 CUDA cores , a base clock of 928MHz and a TDP of 110W on the GTX 650 Ti.
By Nvidia’s own admission, the lower end of their Kepler range hasn’t quite hit the performance heights intended from the architecture, but with closed door tests promising constant 62pfs at 1080p for Blizzard’s new Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm on its highest visual settings (and apparently even besting the AMD Radeon 7850 in some tests), and it looks like the sweet spot has finally been found.
Add in two-way SLI capabilities and the budget gamer is on to a winner.
Two configurations will be on offer from the GTX 650 Ti Boost. A 1GB edition will cost £124, while the superior 2GB model costs a fraction more at £144. 2GB builds from ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, KFA2, Gigabyte, Inno 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, Point of View, and Zotac are available immediately, with the 1GB version launching in early April.