Performance and silence in a video card used to be two mutually exclusive things. The choice had to be made between one and the other. I still remember running a GeForce 8800GT at an extremely loud 100% fan and still reaching 100C while playing. While it was a great card for the price, game settings still had to be lowered if I wanted to reach playable levels. These kinds of compromises are no longer acceptable in the eyes of PC gamers and demand for quiet and efficient cooling solutions are on the rise.
NVIDIA, thankfully, has the new GK106 GTX 650Ti to fill the gap between the GTX 650 and GTX 660 price segments. These new entry level GPUs produce manageable amounts of heat for the kind of muscular framerate they produce. This also makes them incredibly attractive for gamers who want to maximize the GTX 650Ti’s performance through overclocking, as there is a considerable amount of TDP headroom available. Some manufacturers, like ASUS, take the step even a little further with 1GHz+ pre-overclock variants that are ready and willing to be performance tuned further.
The ASUS GTX 650Ti TOP video card comes out of the box with the highest core clock in ASUS’ 650Ti stable, clocking in at 1033MHz. The ASUS GTX 650Ti TOP also utilizes the DirectCU II cooling design, equipped with a pair of 80mm fans and direct contact heatpipes. ASUS has also applied their DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power technologies for a much more efficient and stable overclocking experience on the GTX 650Ti. These technologies also ensure that the ASUS GTX 650Ti DirectCU II TOP video card has a long operating life and ASUS guarantees 3 years of warranty to ease user concerns, just in case.