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ASUS GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition Review


When we first got the small 650 Ti, it was rather anticlimactic, as we are performance enthusiasts, and this card doesn’t offer that much for us. Being a more mainstream model, it simply doesn’t fit what we normally would go crazy over, but after seeing the overclock capability and what this card can do on such low power consumption we can see some serious potential here for an awesome budget gaming system.

We love that the card can play most games at relatively high settings and it stays super cool in the process. The ability to run the full 4 displays is also very nice.

We feel like ASUS could have equipped the card with 2GB memory to enable much higher available VRAM and higher resolution performance. This would have been especially great considering the rather high price point.

We feel this card has a place in many budget gaming rigs especially on looks alone but the price cannot be denied as it is 10 dollars more than competitors that can perform equal or better.


Performance 8.5
Value 8
Quality 9
Features 9
Innovation 9
We are using a new addition to our scoring system to provide additional feedback beyond a flat score. Please note that the final score isn’t an aggregate average of the new rating system.
Total 8.5
Pros Cons

DirectCU II Cooler

Strong Overclock Ability

Support for 4 Displays

Very low power consumption

Most games can play at high settings

Price is a bit steep for 1GB card


Summary: The 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP edition comes with a nice overclock and some very good headroom for more. It offers playable framerates in most games at higher settings for a nice price. For this it earns the Bjorn3D Silver Bear Award.

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