ASUS DirectCU II OC & EVGA Superclocked
ASUS GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC
ASUS’ GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC may have a mouthful of a name but its pedigree is above reproach. This is just the latest in a long line of great looking high performance cards from ASUS, though this time it comes with an affordable price of just $175. That’s particularly impressive since it represents a mere $5 premium over a reference card and yet comes packed full with features normally seen on much more expensive cards.
It should go without saying that ASUS equipped this card with a smaller, condensed version of their award-winning DirectCU II heatsink. It uses a pair of large flattened heatpipes which make direct contact with the core via a copper contact plate and support a large aluminum fin array. The two 80mm fans work alongside this impressive heatsink to lower temperatures by some 20% over the reference design.
ASUS has used their own custom PCB design for this card which is slightly longer than the reference version but it comes equipped with Super Alloy Power components. The SAP design allows for increased longevity, cooler operation and reduced power loss through the use of higher quality MOSFETs, capacitors and PWM chokes.
The DirectCU II’s length of about 10.25” shouldn’t be an issue for anything but the smallest mATX case.
EVGA GTX 650 Ti Boost Superclocked
As is usual for EVGA, they’ve decided to stick with a strictly reference design but their Superclocked’s clock speeds are anything but par for the course. It actually boasts the highest frequencies of any card in this roundup and does so while adding a mere $10 premium to the reference design’s price. EVGA also holds the edge in the end-user support category with some generous warranty and value-added services which are available for a few bucks when registering the GTX 650 Ti Boost.
EVGA has also concentrated on sprucing up NVIDIA’s heatsink shroud by giving it a more squared-off look. Some additional internal baffles have also been installed in order to optimize airflow over the internal heatsink.
EVGA’s changes continue on the card’s back with the elimination of the reference design’s dual air intakes on the heat shroud’s overhang. This may cause some constricted airflow when the Superclocked is installed into close-knit SLI configurations but we doubt it will have much effect on temperatures. EVGA has also installed their own custom I/O plate which makes use of larger ventilation holes in order to better air movement.
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