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MSI GTX 650 Power Edition OC Review

RHKCommander959    -   October 10, 2012
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Testing:

Testing of the MSI GTX 650 Power Edition OC will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing, with the exception of the 3DMark 11 testing, where PhysX will be disabled in the NVIDIA Control Panel, if applicable. I will first test the cards at stock speeds, and then overclocked to see the effects of an increase in clock speed. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. All NVIDIA comparison cards will be using the 306.23 drivers; AMD will be using Catalyst 12.8 drivers.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

  • MSI GTX 650 Power Edition OC Core 1325MHz, Memory 1400MHz

It was very easy to overclock the MSI GTX 650, it felt like it wanted to keep on going and going! Eventually it topped out at 1325MHz core and 1400MHz memory. The core overclock is fantastic and surprising for a card at this tier. MSI Afterburner was able to overvolt the core and memory, which definitely gave it an edge. The card ran stable and seemed content with the changes throughout testing. The card was ran in Dual Fan Mode to get the best temperatures as there is plenty of room in the 650D!

 

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consists of looping Unigine 3.0 for 30 minutes each to see where the clock speeds fail when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment fails, then the clock speeds are adjusted and the test is rerun until each card passes the testing.

 

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Metro 2033
  2. Batman: Arkham City
  3. Battlefield 3
  4. Sid Meier’s Civilization V
  5. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
  6. DiRT 3
  7. Mafia II
  8. 3DMark 11
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: MSI GTX 650 Power Edition
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Metro 2033
  6. Testing: Batman Arkham City
  7. Testing: Battlefield 3
  8. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
  9. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  10. Testing: DiRT 3
  11. Testing: Mafia II
  12. Testing: 3DMark 11
  13. Testing: Temperatures
  14. Testing: Power Consumption
  15. Conclusion
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