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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
Size Name: 2 GBVerified Purchase
I recently purchased an EVGA GTX 660 after reading good reviews about it. I was very impressed with the results, and noticed a massive improvement over my PNY GTX 550 Ti 1GB. I used my GTX 550 Ti for a build I was working on, and was disappointed with the temps I was reaching and the inability to play newer games on higher settings. I enjoy tinkering with stuff a bit and most of the reviews I've read show the new Kepler powered GTX 650 ti is a pretty capable card, so I figured why not give it a shot.

First I will point out, this card uses way less power than the Fermi based GTX 550 ti. About 40W less power, which is significant considering theirs also a big boost in performance. Another key advantage is this card is much smaller, about 2.5 inches less in length. It's surprising because the next step up in the GTX 600 series is the 660, and that card is about 2 inches longer than the 550 ti, or nearly 4 inches longer than the 650 ti. This makes the 650 ti ideal for those using small cases as it's small, cool, and uses little power (great for small PSU's in ITX setups). I am using a Silverstone SG04 case with a front mounted radiator for the CPU cooler, so I was limited to cards less than 8 inches long for my case, the 650 ti fit with plenty of room to spare. I think the other advantage this offers is it keeps the rest of the case fairly cool too as air flow is less restricted.

I figured rather than talking about differences I noticed, I'd just run a 3D Passmark 11 and let the results speak for themselves.

Setup:
Silverstone SG04 mATX Case
Silverstone ST50F 500W PSU
Asus P8Z77-I
Intel Xeon E3 1230 v2
Intel Liquid Thermal Solution
G.SKILL 2x8 (16GB) Ares DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Crucial M4 SSD 64GB
1st Test: PNY GTX 550 Ti 1GB
2nd Test EVGA GTX 650 Ti 2GB SSC

GTX 550 Ti Scores:
E4582 / P2773 / X854

GTX 650 Ti:
E8067 / P5282 / X1603

Frame rates were nearly double vs the 550 ti if not more in every benchmark test on 3D Mark 11. The other important thing to note is that the EVGA GTX 550 Ti 2GB is still about $160. If you're upgrading from a 550ti or 450 GTS, I think this card is definitely worth the price though I would recommend going with the GTX 660 if you can fit it, because that is a significant step up from the 650 ti for only $50 more. The 650 ti walks all over the 550 ti, so if you're planning on buying the 550 ti don't even bother.

Pros:
Faster
Cooler
Less Power
Smaller

Cons:
The GTX 650 Ti 2GB SSC is kinda pricy, AMD makes cards nearly as good for quite a bit cheaper, but they're also very large and use a lot of power.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2012
Size Name: 1 GBVerified Purchase
Let me start out by saying, I have owned several video cards, most by EVGA since they are in my opinion the best board partner to NVIDIA. The card I owned previous to installing this one was the GTX 550 Ti 1GB FPB edition by EVGA and honestly never had any issues with it however I had seen in some benchmarks that the 650 Ti nearly doubled its performance and was even smaller in form factor when compared to the 550 Ti. I have tried countless games on my new 650 Ti SSC 1GB, Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, and Max Payne 3, 3 graphic intensive games. It succeeded in all 3 of them on medium settings pushing out a whopping 44-61 FPS. On high I got about 32-47 FPS but keep in mind this board is extremely affordable compared to better performing boards on the market such as the GTX 680 Ti. Even if you are getting 44 FPS minimum on a game like battlefield, you are still getting more FPS than its console version which is capped at 30FPS. Also, Even on Medium, Battlefield 3 looks gorgeous. (Something I could not notice in the 550 Ti), and on High the game is extremely playable still but I personally prefer to play on medium because I like to keep my temperatures low.(also the differences in aesthetics is very minor) This card runs fairly quiet and you would only hear it if you sit right next to it and try to listen for it, if your case is properly cooled, the fan on the card will run at a lower RPM and reduce the noise coming from the fan. If you are even questioning buying this card, stop and just buy it, This is by far the best GPU you can have under $200 and can run every new generation game on medium to high settings effortlessly. It is great to know that EVGA and NVIDIA are offering great products that offer high performance at an affordable price
to gamers just starting out or even the everyday budget gamer. For anybody who is wondering what my system specs are, I will list them below.

AMD FX Six Core Processor Unlocked(Not Overclocked and stock Ghz at 3.30Ghz)
Gigabyte 970-A-DS3 Motherboards
8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
500 Watt Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus PSU
Intel 60GB SSD (Boot Drive)
Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB HDD (For Storage)
Windows 7 Home Premium

If you guys have any questions feel free to ask them and I will try my best to answer your questions!
Your Fellow Gamer, Trajek Beats
Steam ID: TrajekBeats
Origin ID: TrajekBeats
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2012
Size Name: 1 GBVerified Purchase
Bought this for a new system build to be equal to or better than (and by all reports it's 'better than') a GTX 550 Ti. I personally don't play the high end graphics games, but for GW2, WoW, SWTOR, etc. it's a dream. Amazon doesn't tell you in the system specs as far as I saw, but this card requires a minimum 400W power supply.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
Size Name: 1 GBVerified Purchase
This card performs very well, especially considering that it uses very little power and costs under $150. It runs cool, hitting only 50 - 55C under full load. I replaced a 9800 GTX+ with this card and it is a nice upgrade all around.

The only problem is fan noise. At idle (and full load for the most part)the fan is only running on 21%, but it is easily the loudest component on the rig. if the fan is manually run up to 100%, it sounds like it will explode. At Idle, my old 9800 GTX+ was virtually silent (full load was another story....). I do understand that this card packs considerable power in a very small package, and fan noise is just part of it.

Bottom line, I give this 5 stars for performance/value, but 3 overall due to the noise. Consider something else if you want a quiet rig at idle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
Size Name: 2 GB
Let me start off by saying this is the best graphics card I have ever owned. I am using a 20" monitor, so when I play games they run at 1280x1024 ( which is fine by me ) so when I installed the Video Card the first game I wanted to test was Battlefield 3 ( one of my favorites ) so I booted up BF3 I went to setup set everything to ultra and put it at 1280x1024 and started playing, I was blown away at the power of this card. I was getting 45-60 FPS on caspian border with 64 players ( keep in mind this is not running at 1920x1080 so my fps is going to be much better then someone with a larger Monitor. I benchmarked some other games like Arma 3 alpha, Borderlands 2, Shogun 2, and 5+ Source games, 45-65+ fps ( Source games were like 100+ )on all of those games. I will not have to upgrade for some time this really makes me feel secure about my purchase! So if you're looking for a mid range Video Card get this one.

Computer Specs.

Processor, Intel Core 2 Quad Core Overclocked to 3.3ghz

Ram, 8Gbs corsair ddr3

Video Card, Evga Gtx 650 TI SSC

Hard Drive, 1TB western Didgital 7200RPM

MotherBoard, Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT LGA 775

Power Supply, 500W corsair running at 80% = 400W MAX 420
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
Size Name: 2 GBVerified Purchase
I bought this card to replace a GTX 550 TI 1Gig.
Most people wouldn't do that as this is the replacement for that card anyway
but the performance kick (without running any benchmarks)is definitely noticeable.
With an extra Gig of memory as well as the superclocking you can really tell. Very
smooth and quick a very good mid range card. The half size construction and lower power usage/requirement
than the 550 TI were nice as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
Size Name: 2 GBVerified Purchase
A very good video card, overall. I replaced a Radeon 5670 (with 512 megs of memory), with this, so as you can imagine, it's an enormous boost in performance for me. I've got an ancient 450w PSU and this card does not impact system performance, even under a heavy load. I've read a lot of customer reviews, on this card, on Amazon as well as other sites...some people complain that the cooling fan is loud, etc. Not true, in my particular case. The fan is quiet and barely audible, even running games on high settings for extended periods of time. Overall, I'm very pleased with this card.

My ONLY gripe, at all, is not with the card, but with EVGA. I submitted a rebate form to them and my rebate was denied due to the fact of their claim that "Reseller is not eligible for this offer ", meaning Amazon. I feel that's a slight load of crap. It shouldn't matter who the reseller is, but what do I know? I'm just a peon in the grand scheme of things. Anyway, if I had it to do it over, I would still have bought from Amazon...their service and prices are just awesome, and they're hard to beat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
Size Name: 2 GBVerified Purchase
I can run WoW just fine on maximum setting without a hiccup. Great card for the money. Need more words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
Size Name: 1 GBVerified Purchase
Purchased to replace dead Nvidia 9800 GT. I can't believe the improvement in texture & detail. Excellent frame rate from 45 - 100 + depending on scene/action. GPU runs cool and the Cooling fan is quiet. Running on 5 yr old Gateway Quad Core Gaming computer. Excellent!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
Size Name: 2 GBVerified Purchase
happy i upgraded - simple to install, small profile, works w/ my 460w power supply, good performance, good drivers, runs pretty cool
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