Enough already! Are you getting tired of hearing everyone and anyone complaining? I am! Fact is, when the PC industry becomes stagnant, people are complaining that there is no progress, when there is progress then they are complaining that they can’t keep up. Which one is it? No progress or too much progress? Haven’t you noticed that it’s the same people who are complaining? To quote a large manufacturer, there are years of “Tics and years of Tocs” or upstrokes where we see new and innovative changes and down strokes where we see continuation of the same architecture. For those of you awaiting a “Toc” in the video card industry, you’re just going to have to wait a little longer, because so far, 2013 has been a year of “Tics”.
“Tics” still mark improvement which can spark interest and since February 21, 2013 there have been three, one by AMD (HD 7790) and now the second by NVIDIA, the GeForce GTX 650Ti Boost. (Titan was the other) With the HD 7790, AMD increased the streaming processors, primitive rate, texture units and memory clock data rate but did not improve on the amount of GPU memory. NVIDIA has done the same with Titan and the 650Ti Boost (NVIDIA uses CUDA cores and SMX as opposed to GNC and streaming processors by AMD) but has also addressed a couple of issues brought up by end users. The 650Ti, when launched, was not SLI capable, did not come with GPU boost and only had 1GB of GPU memory. The Geforce GTX 650Ti Boost is now SLI capable, has 2GB of memory and GPU boost.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650Ti Boost addresses multiple short comings its predecessor, the GTX 650Ti, lacked. The GTX 650 Ti Boost adds SLI compatibility and GPU boost which will increase the base clock speed from 980 MHz to 1003 MHz. The GPU used is the GK106, which has 768 CUDA cores, 4SMX processors, 24 ROP units a base clock of 980 MHz, memory speed of 6 GB, 2.54 billion transistors and 2048MB of GDDR5 memory. The memory interface is 192-bit and it contains two Dual link DVI, one HDMI and one Display port connectors. For power, it utilizes one 6-pin PCI-e connector, it requires a minimum of a 450W power supply, total TDP is 134W and its thermal threshold is 98C. Pricing for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650Ti Boost 2GB edition starts at $169.00 USD.
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