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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 149% 158%
Cyberpunk 2077 242% 254%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 53% 59%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 242% 254%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 149% 158%
Doom Eternal 114% 122%
FIFA 20 33% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 280% 294%
Need For Speed Heat 149% 158%
Halo: Reach 21% 18%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 120 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 7850. This results in the GTX 650 Ti providing 7.7 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 120 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7850, but the HD 7850 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650 Ti. As a result, the HD 7850 exhibits a 4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 650 Ti. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 650 Ti was released over a year more recently than the HD 7850, and so the GTX 650 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7850.

The GTX 650 Ti has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 7850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 7850 has 15.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7850 is slightly better than the GTX 650 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition has 768 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 Ti is 793 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7850 is 749. The GTX 650 Ti having 44 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 7850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition requires 134 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 650 Ti and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7850. The HD 7850 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 650 Ti. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7850 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 650 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs860 MHz
Boost Clock1033 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK106-240-A1GCN 1.0 Pitcairn PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date26 Mar 2013vs01 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144.2GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs1024
Actual Shader Performance38%vs36%
Texture Mapping Units64vs64
Texture Rate62.7 GTexel/svs55 GTexel/s
Render Output Units24vs32
Pixel Rate23.5 GPixel/svs27.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power134 Watts-
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition is a fast-middle-class GFX, based on the 28nm - Kepler architecture.
It's a modified GeForce GTX 650 Ti that features an increased core-clock whichis of 980MHz (against the 928MHz of the first revision) and has the Boost Clock activated and thus achieving around 1033MHz, in Turbo Mode.
Also, the bus width was increased to 192-bit (from 128-bit) and the operating memory clock to 1502MHz (from 1350MHz). The power consumption is over 50% more.
Compared to the first revision, it supports SLI and benchmarks indicate a performance boost of over 25%, putting its performance even above AMD's Radeon HD 7850.
Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7850. See the standard version for more information about it.
This edition features a special cooling system that allows twice as much heat dissipation when compared to the reference AMD cooling system but its performance is still the same, as there's no over-clocking out of the box.
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