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MSI GeForce GTX 660 TwinFrozr OC Edition, MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Power Edition, MSI GeForce GTX 650 OC Power Edition Graphics Cards

A mid-to-low-end trio with outstanding cooling systems.

March 1, 2013



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Performance tests

Testbed:

  • 2 x Intel Core i7-3960X (o/c to 4 GHz) CPU
  • Hydro SeriesT H100i Extreme Performance CPU cooler
  • Intel Thermal Solution RTS2011LC cooler
  • ASUS Sabertooth X79 motherboard on the Intel X79 chipset
  • MSI X79A-GD45(8B) motherboard on the Intel X79 chipset
  • 16GB of 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 DDR3 SDRAM
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB SATA2 HDD
  • WD Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB SATA2 HDD
  • 2 x Corsair Neutron CSSD-N120GB3-BK SSD
  • 2 x 1200W Corsair CMPSU-1200AXEU PSU
  • Corsair Obsidian 800D Full-Tower case
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, DirectX 11
  • 30" Dell UltraSharp U3011 display
  • VSync disabled
  • AMD Catalyst 12.11beta8; NVIDIA Drivers 310.70

Benchmarks:

  • 3DMark 11 (FutureMark) — DirectX 11.0, Performance settings.
  • Aliens vs. Predator (Rebellion/SEGA) — DirectX 11.0, Very High settings, run from in game.
  • Nexuiz (2012) (IllFonic/THQ) — DirectX 11.0, built-in benchmark, maximum quality settings.
  • Crysis 2 Maximum Edition (Crytek/EA) — DirectX 11.0, Very High settings, Central Park level, launched with the Adrenaline Crysis 2 Benchmark Tool.
  • DiRT: Showdown (Codemasters) — DirectX 11.0, Ultra High settings, launched as follows: dirt showdown.exe -benchmark example_benchmark.xml.
  • F1 2010 (Codemasters) — DirectX 11.0, Ultra High settings, run as follows: "formulaone.exe -benchmark example_benchmark.xml".
  • Hard Reset (Flying Wild Hog) — DirectX 11.0, built-in benchmark, maximum quality settings.
  • Heaven Benchmark 2.0 (Unigine) — DirectX 11.0, High settings.
  • Metro 2033 (4A Games/THQ) — DirectX 11.0, Super High settings, PhysX disabled, run from in game.
  • Total War: Shogun 2 (Creative Assembly/SEGA) — DirectX 11.0, maximum quality settings.
  • Sleeping Dogs (United Front Games/Square Enix) — DirectX 11.0, built-in benchmark, maximum quality settings.

Total War: Shogun 2


Hard Reset


Unigine Heaven Benchmark DirectX 11


Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11


Nexiuz (2012)


F1 2010


3DMark 11


DiRT: Showdown


Metro 2033


Crysis 2


Sleeping Dogs

Final thoughts

The capability rating compares each graphics card with GeForce GT 630, which is considered the baseline or 100%. The rating is based on both synthetic and gaming results and shows, as the name implies, what a product is capable of.

The usability rating is obtained by dividing each card's capability rating by its price. It basically shows whether a given product is over or underpriced, considering what it can do, and thus how reasonable it is to buy it.

The complete ratings can be found in our i3Dspeed. Below are just the parts relevant to today's review.

Sorted by capability (high to low)

# Card Capability rating Usability rating Approx. price, USD
15 MSI GTX 660 2048MB, 1032–1130/6000 580 241 241
16 HD 7870 2048MB, 1000/1000/4800 560 198 283
18 GTX 660 2048MB, 993–1053/6000 530 222 239
19 HD 7850 2048MB, 860/860/4800 480 216 222
20 GTX 560 Ti 1024MB, 822/1644/4000 420 160 263
22 GTX 560 1024MB, 810/1620/4000 380 184 206
23 MSI GTX 650 Ti 2048MB, 993/993/5400 360 213 169
24 GTX 650 Ti 2048MB, 925/925/5400 350 197 178
27 HD 7770 1024MB, 1000/1000/4500 290 207 140
28 GTX 550 Ti 1024MB, 900/1800/4000 270 209 129
30 MSI GTX 650 1024MB, 1124/1124/5000 250 194 129
31 GTX 650 1024MB, 1110/1110/5000 250 198 126
32 HD 7750 1024MB, 800/800/4500 230 211 109

MSI's GTX 660 is the leader in its price segment. The lower-range GTX 650 Ti from MSI shows average results, like all adapters based on this GPU. MSI's GTX 650 is priced like the reference GTX 550 Ti but loses to it in terms of performance—certainly, not an advantage.

Sorted by usability (high to low)

# Card Usability rating Capability rating Approx. price, USD
02 MSI GTX 660 2048MB, 1032–1130/6000 241 580 241
06 GTX 660 2048MB, 993–1053/6000 222 530 239
07 HD 7850 2048MB, 860/860/4800 216 480 222
09 MSI GTX 650 Ti 2048MB, 993/993/5400 213 360 169
10 HD 7750 1024MB, 800/800/4500 211 230 109
11 GTX 550 Ti 1024MB, 900/1800/4000 209 270 129
12 HD 7770 1024MB, 1000/1000/4500 207 290 140
13 GTX 650 1024MB, 1110/1110/5000 198 250 126
15 HD 7870 2048MB, 1000/1000/4800 198 560 283
16 GTX 650 Ti 2048MB, 925/925/5400 197 350 178
19 MSI GTX 650 1024MB, 1124/1124/5000 194 250 129
20 GTX 560 1024MB, 810/1620/4000 184 380 206
28 GTX 560 Ti 1024MB, 822/1644/4000 160 420 263

MSI's GTX 660 is the leader again and the best buy, coming in second in the entire usability rating. MSI's GTX 650 Ti yields to Radeon HD 7850 but significantly outperforms the reference counterpart. MSI's low-range GTX 650 is just three bucks more expensive than its reference counterpart, but it does matter in that price segment, so our lowest-range competitor falls behind.

MSI GeForce GTX 660 TwinFrozr OC Edition justifies every dollar you pay for it. The only disadvantage is minor noise its TwinFrozr cooling system produces.

MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Power Edition is a good choice if you want to enjoy the silence: its Zalman cooling system is very efficient and quiet. Bear in mind that Radeon HD 7850 seems to be a better bargain albeit a bit more expensive.

MSI GeForce GTX 650 OC Power Edition looks rather odd with its overkill cooling system, which makes it more expensive and less competitive than the reference counterpart. It's a decent graphics adapter nevertheless.


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