Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 also launched today for $109

By on September 13, 2012, 12:00 PM

Alongside today's launch of the $230 GeForce GTX 660, Nvidia introduced yet another variant intended for gamers on a tighter budget. Priced at just $109, the GTX 650 makes some sacrifices in the hardware front as it continues the process of filtering the Kepler architecture down into the lower levels of Nvidia’s current lineup. The card is meant to compete against AMD’s HD 7750 and 7770 in the entry level market.

The GeForce GTX 650 is essentially the GDDR5 version of the GeForce GT 640 introduced in June. It’s based on the same GK107 GPU with 384 cores, 16 ROPs and 32 texture units, but clocked at 1058MHz instead of 900MHz and sporting far more memory bandwidth than its DDR3-based sibling -- 80 GB/s versus 28.5 GB/s.

According to Nvidia’s own benchmarks using 3DMark Vantage, the GTX 650 is just a notch above the old GTX 550 Ti in terms of performance and should offer a 20% speed increase versus the GTS 450.

The company listed a TDP rating of 64W for the GTX 650 and is equipping the card with a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. Other than that you'll find two dual-link DVI output ports on the cards, but Nvidia decided to forego a full sized HDMI connector in favor of a mini-HDMI port. Board partners are free to tweak their cards beyond the reference Nvidia model so you can expect other connectivity and cooling options in the market.

The new Kepler product lineup

  GeForce GTX 690 GeForce GTX 680 GeForce GTX 670 GeForce GTX 660 Ti GeForce GTX 660 GeForce GTX 650
Chip 2 x GK104 GK104 GK104 GK104 GK106 GK107
CUDA Cores 3072 1536 1344 1344 960 384
Base Clock 915 MHz 1006 MHz 915 MHz 915 MHz 980 MHz 1058 MHz
Boost Clock 1019 MHz 1058 MHz 980 MHz 980 MHz 1033 MHz N/A
Memory Configuration 4 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 1 GB
Memory Speed 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 5.0 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 384 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 144 GB/s 144 GB/s 80 GB/s
Power Connectors 2 x 8-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin 6-pin 6-pin
Outputs 2 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
TDP 300 W 195 W 170 W 150 W 150 W 64 W
SLI Options Quad 3-way 3-way 3-way 2-way N/A
Price $999 $499 $399 $299 $229 $109



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Neojt said:

Humm my 2 year old GTX480 is still better and I didnt pay that much for it

Guest said:

And it will cook your breakfast :)

1 person liked this | slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That's a massive drop off from the 660 to the 650... I don't think the 650 is even worthy of a "GTX" title.

Guest said:

Small tip for folks still clinging onto budget range cards:

560SE>550Ti>650>640

BlueDrake said:

That's a massive drop off from the 660 to the 650... I don't think the 650 is even worthy of a "GTX" title.

I think it should be the 610 or 620, marking it as the 650 is misleading. I'd easily toss more for the 660 Ti, as it's easily efficient enough for single monitor use. While also being expandable for multi-monitor support.

danhodge danhodge said:

When is this available in the UK?

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Slh28 - I'm confused there with you. It looks watered down, like a GTS model. But compared to a GTX 550 I think it would be a slight improvement. I would like to see a proper evaluation.

It also looks like they're showing highest possible frame rates and not average. I'd love to see how this stacks up against a GTX 550.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

When is this available in the UK?

Right now. Usually retailers all have new GPUs in stock at the time of launch.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

That's a massive drop off from the 660 to the 650... I don't think the 650 is even worthy of a "GTX" title.

Yeah should have been a GT650. Still, for $109 there isn't much to complain about.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That's a massive drop off from the 660 to the 650... I don't think the 650 is even worthy of a "GTX" title.
I was thinking the same thing.

With the GTX 650 being half the performance of the GTX 660, was they planning on releasing anything in between the two?

It's good that they are not charging more than $109 for the GTX 650.

treetops treetops said:

Lol nice to see my 275 is on the charts , not enough of a upgrade for me, I dont even game atm, I bet it runs way cooler then this gpu though, directx 11 would be nice

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

It is continuing the "x50" trend. It's faster than the gtx 550 and the 450. At $109, you really can't complain. It's half the performance as the gtx660 at half the price. For budget gamers, it works. If you want something faster, pay more money.

Lurker101 said:

So my GTX 295 will still trounce it?

Guest said:

Why does it have a six pin connector if it has a TDP of 64 w? The only reason I would buy a card like this would be to put it in a pc without a six pin connector...

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Why does it have a six pin connector if it has a TDP of 64 w? The only reason I would buy a card like this would be to put it in a pc without a six pin connector...

They were probably playing it on the safe side since PCIe 1.0 only allows up to 75W. Thats fairly close to saturating the motherboards supplied power for the slot.

PCI Express cards are allowed a maximum power consumption of 25W (-1: 10W for power-up). Low profile cards are limited to 10W (-16 to 25W). PCI Express Graphics 1.0 (PEG) cards may increase power (from slot) to 75W after configuration (3.3V/3A + 12V/5.5A).[9] PCI Express 2.1 increased the power output from an x16 slot to 150W so that some high-performance graphics cards can be run from the slot power alone.[10] Optional connectors add 75W (6-pin) or 150W (8-pin) power for up to 300W total.

Guest said:

Considering the HD 6670 was a 66 w card without a 6 pin, I don't see the need to 'play it safe'. I guess if the card still works without the six pin connector, who cares.

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