Galaxy, Gigabyte WindForce OC, MSI Twin Frozr III OC
Galaxy GTX 650 Ti Boost
Galaxy’s GTX 650 Ti Boost may use one wild heatsink shroud but it is also the most basic in this lineup, as evidenced by reference clock speeds and a $170 price. There is however some interesting additions here, some of which are questionable while others will help with overclocking and cooling performance.
The overall Batmobile-like design of this card’s heatsink shroud may cause some to roll their eyes but it effectively channels the large axial fan’s airflow out the backplate or over the VRM heatsinks. Galaxy has also installed a small 4-pin fan header next to the card’s power connector. We’re not quite sure what this is meant for but it could be that Galaxy is planning a dual fan GTX 650 Ti Boost sometime in the near future.
The completely custom PCB not only houses upgraded components but it also features a number of voltage read points for the GPU and memory. There is also a quartet of ventilation holes cut into it which are supposed to help VRM component cooling.
Galaxy has made an effort to increase the airflow potential of the GTX 650 Ti Boost’s backplate but this has also led to a non-standard connector layout. Gone is the second DVI connector and DisplayPort and in their place is a layout that includes a full-sized HDMI connector and VGA output alongside a single DVI-D. Since most people are still using DVI over DisplayPort, we have to appreciate the simplicity here but it does somewhat limit future connectivity options.
Gigabyte GTX 650 Ti Boost OC
Gigabyte’s tradition of offering some insane value for your money continues with their GTX 650 Ti Boost OC. It features a completely custom design, upgraded components and higher clock speeds while maintaining a price of just $170. On paper at least, this card leads this roundup from nearly ever perspective.
Gigabyte has equipped their card with a Windforce 2X heatsink that includes a quartet of massive 6mm heatpipes and a fin array which is specifically designed to reduce turbulence. This is an epically sized heatsink for such a small card and it is topped with a pair of 100mm PWM fans, leading to a very low acoustical profile.
The Windforce’s inclusion has pushed the Gigabyte GTX 650 Ti Boost’s length to around 9.25” but that still makes it one of the shortest cards in this roundup. Meanwhile, the PCB has been completely designed in-house and boasts Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable 2 components, ensuring long life and great stability.
MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr III OC
MSI’s entry into this roundup follows their usual approach when it comes to custom cards. They’ve equipped the GTX 650 Ti Boost with a custom heatsink, higher clock speeds and upgraded components but its price is among the highest at $180. That represents a relatively small $10 premium for what amounts to a top-to-bottom redesign so we’re certainly not going to hold anything against MSI from a value perspective.
Equipped with the iconic Twin Frozr III heatsink, MSI’s version of the GTX 650 Ti Boost not only looks great but it should post some of the best temperature numbers in this roundup. This cooler’s two 72mm fans sit atop a large aluminum heatsink that’s fed with three heatpipes.
As with almost every other GTX 650 Ti Boost available on the market, MSI has used a custom PCB design for their version that comes with upgraded components. This time however, there is a vast expanse of blank PCB directly behind the PWM, ensuring the circuit board and Twin Frozr heatsink line up perfectly.
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