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Okay lets just face it for a card that is under $200.00 in today’s market you cannot expect that the top FPS titles will have the ability to be played at high resolutions at their maximum settings as that is just unrealistic expectations. That said however if your cup of tea game is Star Craft 2, World OF Warcraft, or many other RTS/RPG games you will find the GTX 650 Ti to be a solid choice and will perform just fine for you with a little bit of headroom to spare. The top FPS titles like Battlefield 3 and Max Payne 3 are able to be played at medium settings ate 1920X1080 and play just great, but at high or Ultra settings bring this card to a below 30 Frames Per Second gameplay and noticeable lagging.
ASUS has done a sold job on the cooling as the card ran under 54C even under extreme loads running FurMarks 1920X1080 benchmark, which put stress beyond what any gaming will do so no problems at all in that department. Having 1GB of memory makes multi-screen gaming almost impossible, as 2GB is usually the minimum required amount for any decent resolution to not just run totally sluggishly. Even at 2560X1440 the GTX 650 Ti starts to have trouble keeping up so trying 7650X1440 is no go. ASUS did not have a lot to go with as this card is most definitely a cut down version of its brethren and although not the lowest of the GTX line, the GTX 650 has that honor it is still a close 2nd.
Hard core gamers of the FPS style game will surely not find satisfaction with this card and AMD at this level is still very competitive making this a hard category to dominate in for the folks at NVIDIA. The point of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti I believe though is to just have a presence in this level and in that they have succeeded. You also get no chance of scaling with the GeForce GTX 650Ti as it has no SLI finger and with 2 cards installed no SLI option was apparent in the NVIDIA control panel. Its hard to get really excited about the GTX 650 Ti, but for NVIDIA fans wanting an entry level card that supports DX11 and PhysX this is the best bang for your buck solution you will get under the $200.00 price point. ASUS like always can take any card and maximize its potential and the same has been done with the DirectCU Top GeForce GTX 650 Ti as seen by the cards cooling and its looks that obviously sets it apart from the rest of the pack, at the end of the day this card wins the Top Value Award as at this price point it has enough bling to make it worthy.