It is fun watching the first few X-games now and seeing how far it has progressed from when it first started in 1995. Take Motocross back flips, for instance, which were considered impossible for the longest time and were considered the “holy grail” of freestyle Motocross tricks. Several attempts were made throughout the years but it wasn’t until Caleb Wyatt successfully executed the trick in 2002 that riders realized that it was not impossible. Within the span of four years, riders were not only doing the back flip regularly, they were also executing special trick variations on top of it. Once people understood that the limits could be surpassed and techniques could be refined, progress was achieved.
This is the same with video cards and what is possible when it comes to engineering highly efficient, lower power gaming GPUs. The NVIDIA 8800GT was a well-regarded video card for its time that hovered around the $180-200 price range five years ago. Today, a card that ran as hot and as loud as the 8800GT would be considered unacceptable and, thankfully, there are options out there that not only run cooler and quieter, but can also play the latest game on high settings and at 1080p. NVIDIA’s stable offers the GTX 650Ti and GTX 660 for the $129 to $200 price range and there is still room for expansion.
The gap between NVIDIA’s GK106 based GeForce GTX 650Ti and GTX 660 is large, not just in terms of pricing but also in terms of performance. This price and performance gap is traversed by overclocked versions and the competition’s offerings. A totally new design would be a costly effort to simply bridge this gap but, thankfully, NVIDIA’s Kepler is flexible enough that toggling some sections on or off could produce some interesting results. These results can provide an enticing alternative for those with a $199 or under budget.
The GTX 650Ti BOOST is a video card based on the GK106 GPU from NVIDIA. EVGA has “superclocked” this GTX 650Ti BOOST with a 1072 MHz core clock that pushes to 1137 MHz via NVIDIA GPU boost compared to the reference with a 980 MHz core and 1033 MHz boost clock. EVGA’s GTX 650Ti BOOST SC video card uses the NVIDIA reference cooler design but utilizes a high-airflow rear exhaust bracket for superior cooling. Unlike the GTX 650Ti, the GeForce GTX 650Ti BOOST has an SLI connector and is capable of dual-SLI performance. EVGA backs their superclocked GTX 650Ti BOOST with a 3-year warranty in North America. Users who register their EVGA GTX 650Ti BOOST Superclocked video card within 90 days of purchase date are eligible for extended warranty and Step-up program options.