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SKYMTL March 26, 2013 04:57 AM

NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Review Comment Thread
 
NVIDIA's new GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB is a card which has the potential to shake up the graphics card market. It is supposed to outperform a HD 7850 2GB while costing just $169 and is being released at the same time NVIDIA is dropping the price on many other GeForce cards. This represents the first phase in what will be an all-out assault on AMD's position over the next few months.

Read more here: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...gb-review.html

Skyllz March 26, 2013 05:16 AM

I'd be very curious, price-wise, on how a set of these in SLI would stack against a 300+$ card like a GTX670.

This is almost making me reconsider trying to SLI my 560/448c and grab one of those for now.

Soultribunal March 26, 2013 05:36 AM

That's one interesting card for sure. Really like the numbers and costs.

-ST

great_big_abyss March 26, 2013 05:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Skyllz (Post 698906)
I'd be very curious, price-wise, on how a set of these in SLI would stack against a 300+$ card like a GTX670.

This is almost making me reconsider trying to SLI my 560/448c and grab one of those for now.

Depending on the game, they can scale real well or not.

I just traded my 680 for a pair of SLI 660's. In BF3, which is the game I play 90% of the time, I should see frame rate increases of up to 50%. We'll see if microstuttering is an issue. It very well may be, but I've never had an SLI/Crossfire setup, so I have no idea if it will affect me.

But, your question is a valid one. GTX660's cost about $220-$240. A 680 is usually around $480-$520. So, for less than the cost of a 680, you could potentially get more performance out of 2x cheaper 660's.

SLI and driver issues notwithstanding, of course. That is a huge downside that must be taken into consideration.

Soultribunal March 26, 2013 06:15 AM

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Originally Posted by great_big_abyss (Post 698910)
Depending on the game, they can scale real well or not.

I just traded my 680 for a pair of SLI 660's. In BF3, which is the game I play 90% of the time, I should see frame rate increases of up to 50%. We'll see if microstuttering is an issue. It very well may be, but I've never had an SLI/Crossfire setup, so I have no idea if it will affect me.

But, your question is a valid one. GTX660's cost about $220-$240. A 680 is usually around $480-$520. So, for less than the cost of a 680, you could potentially get more performance out of 2x cheaper 660's.

SLI and driver issues notwithstanding, of course. That is a huge downside that must be taken into consideration.

Yeah that's really what it comes down to. I felt that in the biggest way with World of Tanks to be honest. They did a massive revamp on their game engine....and since then SLI does not work, so a game that back in the day I sustained 60-70 maxed FPS I get 30 max in the cities ( though more in the fields, less clutter).

But, besides that...those 460's lasted me how long? 2+ years of Perfect performance without stutter, without major glitches.

And they have long since found a new home without fail. Sometimes you can get lucky. At 1080P on a budget I can see two of these cards doing great. I don't think the regular TI 650 had SLI did it?

-ST

lowfat March 26, 2013 10:19 AM

Ordered one for the HTPC. Hopefully should fold well under water.

enaberif March 26, 2013 10:24 AM

How would this card fare against say a 560ti?

Apparently people are saying the 650ti doesn't have the bandwith to properly utilize the 2gb

great_big_abyss March 26, 2013 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by lowfat (Post 698971)
Ordered one for the HTPC. Hopefully should fold well under water.

I would love to order one for the HTPC, and fold on it, but I have one problem.

Nvidia cards have a history of being 'laggy' when folding upon them. I suppose this is because they get 100% utilised, so that even basic tasks like opening folders and watching media becomes impossible. This isn't a problem on my main rig, as I am the only person who uses it regularly, so I can stop folding when I use my rig, and remember to start it up again when I'm done.

I wouldn't want to put that responsibility on a) my {relatively} computer illiterate wife, and b) my ADHD affected stepson. Having a card that would tempt me to fold either wouldn't be fair to them as they would then have to put up with a sub-par performing media experience when I'm not home, or FAH would be constantly forgotten and the card would sit idle.

Now, I'm not sure what the implications are with the new work units that don't fully utilize Kepler cores. In my experience, the GTX680 would be laggy on some WU's, and would perform fluidly on other WU's. What's more, V7 is now changed, with a sliding scale to assign importance to FAH. No idea what the implication behind that is, or how it works.

I guess my point is, the HTPC being a family machine, I can't justify putting a folding-worthy card in it and compromising the overall experience.

Edit: I just answered my own concerns and questions about the power slider bar in V7.3.6. You can set it to fold on 'screensaver'. I.e. when you computer is idle enough to activate the screensaver, the GPU will start to fold, then automatically pause when the computer is used. This seems like the perfect application for a family-used HTPC.

Folding Forum ? View topic - FAHClient V7.3.6 released

Lpfan4ever March 26, 2013 11:09 AM

Neat little card, I know the SLI will be nice for a lot of people looking to spend a little bit of money as opposed to a larger card.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Soultribunal (Post 698917)
I felt that in the biggest way with World of Tanks to be honest. They did a massive revamp on their game engine....and since then SLI does not work, so a game that back in the day I sustained 60-70 maxed FPS I get 30 max in the cities ( though more in the fields, less clutter).

Just a quick note, as of the newest patch (8.4) SLI support has apparently been brought back. I have no way to test for myself though.

lowfat March 26, 2013 11:16 AM

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Originally Posted by great_big_abyss (Post 698996)
I would love to order one for the HTPC, and fold on it, but I have one problem.

....

I guess my point is, the HTPC being a family machine, I can't justify putting a folding-worthy card in it and compromising the overall experience.

I can honestly say that folding w/ both of my GTX680s has no impact on overall system performance besides gaming. I leave them folding all day long except if I am gaming. System feels fluid no matter what. I'm even folding on the CPU at the same time. Since I've moved to the V7 client I don't think I have ever experienced the UI lag like w/ the older client.


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