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Nvidia GTX 650 Ti comes out as best £100 graphics card

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti has won out against its competition to become the best cheap graphics card for £100.

Competing against rival graphics cards at the same price point, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti proved to be better at processing high-end games than the others.

In our group test, we collected together three Nvidia GeForce graphics cards and four AMD Radeon HD GPU chips all priced at £100 or below.

The AMD Radeon HD 7730, Radio HD 7750, Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon HD 7790 alongside the Nvidia GeForce GT 640 and GeForce GTX 650 all were beaten by the £102 GeForce GTX 650 Ti GPU.

All of the cards were tested running four games – Bioshock Infinite, DiRT 3, Battlefield 3 and Crysis 3 – and the results were gained using 3DMark’s Cloud Gate and Fire Strike.

The testing rig contained an Intel Z77-based motherboard with a Core i5-3450 processor, 8GB of RAM and a Seagate Barracuda hard disk.

“It’s clear evidence that Nvidia’s hardware, while a little less powerful on paper, is deployed more efficiently when it comes to playing high-end games smoothly,” wrote Mike Jennings for TrustedReviews.

The GTX 650 Ti has a GK106 chipset and has a transistor count of 2.54 billion which is the best of any of the cards we tested.

It also uses four streaming multiprocessor units as it has 768 stream processors as well as a 928MHz core and shader clocks.

Unfortunately, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti doesn’t have the dynamic core overclocking GPU boost technology as it has a chunky cooler and single six-pin power adaptor.

Read the full test here – Best Cheap Graphics Cards: Group Test

Abbie Hoffman

December 23, 2013, 4:01 am

I figured it would pass up the 7790. This card can easily go head to head with the 7850

Brian Blair

April 14, 2014, 11:07 am

I love mine. I have a MSI model that looks like the one in the pic above except mine has a VGA and a DVI output plug and the other usb looking plug, And mine is clocked at reference clock speeds. I got mine for under $100 after a rebate. It replaced my ATI HD 5850 that burned out on me. I had that 5850 forever, But the 650 Ti not only replaced my 5850 but it performs much stronger too. I probably should have got a 2GB model but I play at 1280x1024 anyway because I hate wide screen monitors. I can't stand the short length of the screen. If the height was at'least taller I could probably stand it, But they want a arm and a leg for the huge lcd's with a bigger height, And then it would cost another arm and leg because it would take a expensive GPU to run a screen that big and to give the smooth performance that I am use to. Besides you game right directly in front of the screen anyway. What is the point? Maybe if I get rich I would not care to do it, But then I should use that extra money to help my fellow man instead of wasting it on a gaming rig when the hardware I got does just fine. The needy could use that instead.

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