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Gainward GTX 650 Ti Boost Golden Sample reviewed

by on03 April 2013


Like we said, the factory overclock seems to have been relatively conservative and not what we’ve come to expect from Golden Sample name. The thermals could have been a factor in Gainward’s decision to keep the clocks low. The fan is relatively quiet even when the card is experiencing a lot of load, and when it is idling it is silent. However, heavy loads can result in some airflow noise and we wouldn’t recommend the card to anyone who is fanatical about system noise. Most users probably won’t mind, as the card is still quiet enough not to draw attention, at least in my personal experience. 

gpuz 650 Ti Boost Gainward GS idle

gpuz 650 Ti Boost Gainward GS load unigine

gpuz OC 650 Ti Boost Gainward GS


In terms of power consumption, the GTX 650 Ti Boost Golden Sample does rather well. The  EVGA GTX 650 Ti Superclocked, which offers slightly more performance due to higher factory overclocking, consumes also a bit more power.

The typical power draw for the reference card in so-called non-TDP apps is 115W. Nvidia claims the TDP is 140W. If we take the power slider to 110 percent, as is recommended for overclocking, we hit 127W in non-TDP apps. Gainward’s GTX 650 Ti Boost Golden Sample is powered through the PCIe slot and 6-pin power connector, and it could theoretically draw up to 150W. That means there is more than enough headroom for overclocking. In any case GPU Boost should keep power consumption in check and throttle the clocks accordingly. We measured system consumption, without the monitor, of course.


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