Inno3D GTX 650 – Entry Level Gaming Graphic Card With a kick
When NVIDIA introduced to the market the GTX 600 Series or simply codenamed “Kepler”, fans and enthusiasts as well as gamers were looking forward to better and faster cards that would simply blow away the old Fermi designed cards. NVidia never disappointed the awaiting fans as they rolled out the GTX line of Monster cards. From the king the GTX 690, 680, 670 down to mid-level 660Ti, 660 and finally their entry level 650 and the 650ti.
Today I’ve been fortunate enough to get hold of the gaming entry level card the GTX 650 from Inno3D. Inno3D has been in the market since 1998 producing graphics cards that are surprisingly cheaper and while maintaining quality.
“Inno3D is committed as a company to deliver the ultimate multimedia experience to the masses of PC users and multimedia professionals at an affordable cost. InnoVISION was then created to build brand awareness for the continuously growing product range in order to meet the fast growing market. InnoVISION's product scope comprises the successful Inno3D brand - a comprehensive variety of 3D graphic board accelerators, the InnoDV - series of digital video/TV capture and editing products, InnoAX - high-end sound / audio cards, and EIO - advanced peripherals.
InnoVISION's ISO9001:2000 certification assures not only a world-class standard of product but also production, management and distribution efficiency.”
The Inno3D GTX650 is an entry level gaming card targeted for those gamers who are on a tight budget but want to get the most out the latest technology NVidia has to offer. Let's take an in-depth look of what the GTX650 has to offer us.
OUT OF THE BOX
The GTX 650 from Inno3D came in a box with a very nice themed designed of a high powered machine at the front.
At the back side it promotes itself able to drive the hottest titles such as Mech Warrior Online, Diablo 3, Planet Side 2, Black Ops 2, StarCraft II as well Direct X 11 compatibility, PCI 3.0 Express interface and 1080p Playback Full HD Compliant.
Opening the box we find the package which contains the Graphics card as well as a DVI to VGA Connector, a 6pin VGA to 4pin Molex converter, the Driver CD and a small manual for Power Supply guidelines.
Once we got the card outside of the protective film we see that this looks like the iChill design on a Single Fan Concept and is very similar in design to the GTX 650ti except for some notable positioning of the NVidia logo.
The card is a bit small for its size, sporting a black PCB and uses only a 6pin as power source. It uses two slots and despite being small, the card weighs hefty for its size and frame. The Metallic Titanium design is eye catchy and gives quite an aura of being a bad ass card to boot
For connectivity it sports a Dual DVI input and a mini HDMI input. Sadly only a DVI to VGA Connector is available in the package.
CUDA Cores: 384
Graphics Clock-Base Clock / Boost Clock (MHz): 1058
Processor Clock (MHz): 2116
Memory Clock: 5000
Standard Memory: 1024 (1GB)
Memory Interface: GDDR5
Memory Interface Width: 128bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/Sec): 80
Bus Support: PCI-E 3.0 x16
Supports: DX11, CUDA, PhysX, 3D Vision, 3D Vision Surround
Multi Monitor: 3 Active Monitor Support (2 x DVI and 1 mini HDMI)
Maximum Resolution (per Output): 2560x1600
Maximum VGA Resolution (per Output): 2048x1600
HCDP/HDMI Compliant Ready: HDMI 1.4a
Card Dimensions: 160mmmm Length x 111mm Height, Dual Slot
Maximum GPU Temperatures (in Celsius with ambient of 55c): 97c
Maximum Power Draw: 64watts
Minimum Power Requirement: 400Watts PSU
Fan Type: Axial Blower type
TESTING AND BENCHMARKING
Testing the card in real world scenarios should be a better gauge on how this baby will perform and instead of the usual test bench where they use Intel Systems. On this review, we will be using an AMD System.
Most of the gamers and LAN shops we know here in the Philippines uses AMD set-ups for their personal and Shops. We hope they could readily relate gauge, assess, and relate based on the test and benchmarking done in this review.
Test Bed Specs:
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965BE 3.4Ghz
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws non X 1600Mhz CL8
HSF: Corsair H100
Motherboard: Asrock 990FX Fatal1ty Professional
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 500GB 7200RPM
Case: Aerocool X-Predator Black Modded
PSU: FSP Raider 750watts 80+ Bronze
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2233 LCD Full HD 1920x 1080p @ 60Hz
Used Resolution: 1650 x 1050 (Since the targeted market are gamers who are on a "ight budget/Lan Shop Owners/”The Masa” we safely assumed not all can accommodate the Full Resolution nor have monitors bigger than 19”/18.5”)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 RTM
Graphics Driver Version: NVidia 310.70
Benchmark Software: 3dMark 11 Professional Ver 1.0.4
Games: Far Cry 3, Sleeping Dogs, Batman - Arkham City, and Battlefield 3
We tested the GTX 650 using 3Dmark 11 version 1.0.4 using the 'Performance Mode'.
On Stock setting, the GTX 650 garnered a respectable score of 2886 Marks
3DMark URL: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5210378
So we did a little Overclocking without bumping any voltage to see if we can squeeze a little bit juice. The result was the card gained a respectable 3195 Marks, or a 10.6% increase.
We could have overclocked it more had it been for the artifacts on the screen while running the benchmark telling us it needed a voltage increase.
3DMark URL: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5210669
I asked a hardcore gamer friend of mine in TipidPC, Orenobaka, to help me out with the benchmarks. We wanted to test this out on real gaming situations with a Hardcore Gamer - how he feels and what insights he could share with us about the card.
Far Cry 3 Low Settings
Far Cry 3 Very High Settings: at 11FPS the game stuttered a bit but stabilized afterwards… so far, at 22FPS the game was decently playable and enjoyable. Typical of the Far Cry Series where their games are GPU benchmarkers!
Sleeping Dogs: Low Settings:
Sleeping Dogs Ultra Settings: When VSYNC was Turned On, The screen suddenly stuttered and FPS went down as low as 7FPS, Temperatures hit as high as 71c but not as hot as a reference designed card.
Batman with PHYSX OFF
Batman with PHYSX ON at Ultra Settings: The Dip in FPS when PHYSX was On is a dive. Went as low as 5FPS
Battle Field 3 (Multiplayer): Very Good Playable Frame rates at High Settings
The Inno3d GTX 650 performed as advertised and with a kick. This card is no means just an entry level card, with a descent playable FPS on numerous new Gaming Titles such as Far Cry 3 and the graphics hungry Battlefield 3 in Multi-Player Environment.
However its PHYSX component leaves much to be desired. Batman Arkham City PHYSX On frame rates as well as Sleeping Dogs dipped way too low. 5 and 7fps and stuttering was very much noticed.
Currently Priced at PHP 4,640.00 (US$114.00), it doesn’t strain your wallet and with the performance it can bring to the table is a sure winner.
Looks and feel are both sturdy and are very good
Can Play Graphics Hungry Games such as Battlefield 3 without much hiccups
At 64watts won’t strain your budget
Mild overclocking at stock voltage
PHYSX needs a bump
No mini HDMi to HDMi Adaptor
This Card Scores a 4/5 for me and I recommend this to all mainstream gamers/LAN Shop Owners and Budget Conscious Builders.
“For all mainstream gamers who want to play the latest games on high and medium settings though having a big bump on the performance while using PhysX on the non Ti GTX650” – Orenobaka