Radeon HD 7850 VS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost
Written by Paulo Proenca on 04 April 2013 at 11:30

It all began with the Radeon HD 7790. AMD was preparing a new Graphics Card that equipped a Bonaire Core with 896 Shader Processing Units and that NVIDIA would launch a Second Revision of their GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition.

However, in the end, GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition seemed to surpass the Radeon HD 7790 and performed a fraction above the Radeon HD 7850. Adding to that, it launched at 169 USD, meaning it costed the same, if not less than AMD's Radeon HD 7850.

How cruel is that? AMD's Radeon HD 7850, last year, won the GD award for the most competitive Graphics Card/Best Graphics Card, considering a price/performance ratio.

Now, NVIDIA answers with the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition. An even better Card with an identical price to the HD 7850.

As if that wasn't enough, a solution of two GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition, in SLI, offers superior performance to a single GeForce GTX 680! Not a surprise, considering the two Kepler GK106 Cores put together offer 1536 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 48 ROPs, on a 384-bit of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 980MHz and goes up to 1033MHz in Turbo Mode. This means, more bandwidth (and thus more ROPs) and equivalent "processing power", compared to GeForce GTX 680.

Needless to say this is trouble for own NVIDIA since it's much cheaper to get a solution of GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition in SLI, over a single GeForce GTX 680.

Sales for the Radeon HD 7790 were low despite the 149 USD release price. Its performance was a significant amount lower than the Radeon HD 7850, which made it less desirable. So seeing as performance differences were out of the picture the only reason to pick up the HD 7790 over the HD 7770 would be to run games at 1980x1080, as the HD 7770 was best suited for 1680x1050, a less common resolution.

The Radeon HD 7850 is still an extremely competitive Graphics Card but it feels that the GPU to beat at the moment is now the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition.

Lets take a look at the relative performance & price of the mentioned Graphics Cards and ultimately, a price to performance ratio, which indicates the best deal. Of course prices can fluctuate region to region and you need to pick the best choice for you and your own setup, but use the following data as a good indicator.

Relative Performance

 

Price (as of April 2013)

 

Price to Performance Ratio

(Higher Means Better Deal)

So, which card would you buy now? Vote below and say why!

GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition GeForce GTX 650 Ti GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition SLI GeForce GTX 680 Radeon HD 7790 Radeon HD 7790 Crossfire Radeon HD 7850 Radeon HD 7850 Crossfire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
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nakariakov
23:39 Jul-09-2013
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if those cards are overclocked, who will win?

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anas999
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Its just a boost from 128 bit to 192 bit or u can say its a cheap version of 660

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Mazasrb
15:39 Apr-10-2013

And it has 2GB VRAM and SLI capalilty.

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anas999
16:06 Apr-10-2013
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ya but still hd 7850 is better ;)

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Mazasrb, the Gtx 660 also has 2GB and Sli capability.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-gk106-benchmark,3463.html

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Yup that's right gtx 660 is a serious contender for hd 7850 ;)

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Mazasrb
17:41 Apr-10-2013

Yes but GTX 650Ti does not.

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if we are watching the overall performance they are equal. you can not say gtx 650ti is faster, or the HD 7850 is faster, because they are not. so i dont get why poeple say that nvidia is better in this case… maybe fanboys? :))

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yep, Nvidia got it right this time. More value than AMD sweet spot 7850, 650 Ti boost is a sure buy. Availability is another matter in my country though, 7790 and 650 Ti Boost is yet to come (if it's coming).
A bad news for an already hampered company..

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XxSoultheKeeperXx
04:23 Apr-06-2013

Hampered? I disagree both "next-gen" consoles will be sporting AMD hardware
so if they can't get gaming pc market (let's be honest here we aren't a super big community of gamers in comparison to consoles.) They have a potentially HUGE revenue from console sales but you are right 650ti boost is a great value.

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However I would rather get GTX680 than 650Ti Boost SLI. One 680 takes a lot less power and uses 256bit bus, thus has no problems effectively using 2GB.

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Pip
12:44 Apr-05-2013

GTX 650 Ti Boost with the 192-bit bus width has no problems either. The only card that featured a horrible configuration of the memory modules was GeForce GTX 660 Ti because it equipped the Kepler GK104 on a 192-bit memory interface. GTX 660, GTX 650 Ti Boost are based on the Kepler GK106 Core.

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Which is better? A single GTX 670 or a SLI GTX 650 Ti Boost? Take in consideration the terms of price. Both systems will be near each other in price but a SLI system will need more expensive PSU and MOBO. What do you think?

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Pip
13:51 Apr-05-2013

I don't think the mobo will be "more expensive" since any mobo these days supports either SLI or Crossfire.
A good 600 Watt PSU is quite cheap these days, as well.
I think I would buy a SLI configuration of two GTX 650 Ti Boost :D

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I would rather go 660Ti SLI since I already have a 660Ti ;) read some reviews online and apparently the 660ti has awesome scaling.. You literally get almost double FPS in most games when using SLI..

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nicovdmer, I was planning to get a GTX 670 with the intention of SLIing it some years later when I need to, so I can't simply afford a SLI GTX 660 Ti.
Pip, I couldn't find a motherboard that is SLI certified with a price lower than 1400 EGP (My currency) and it was Maximus V Gene while Crossfire certified motherboards cost only 700 EGP, so how do you explain this?
I was planning for a 850W PSU Seasonic and that was expensive that it cost 850 EGP so if I could get it cheaper, that will be much and much better. Any thoughts pals?

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Pip
15:03 Apr-05-2013

Look at almost any Asus Mobo!

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Any specific suggestions? No problem comes from following the experience of veterans since I am no veteran :D So it doesn't matter whether the mobo is SLI certified or not?! You mean any MOBO that has the capacity to carry more than one card can run SLI?

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Pip
23:31 Apr-05-2013

Well no, your mobo only supports only GFX. Look at my mobo, it was 90€ and supports QUAD Cross Fire :P

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I know my mobo can carry only one card, I was talking about that if a mobo supports Crossfire, so it supports SLI as well. That is what I am asking about. Many mobos support Quad Crossfire while they state nothing about their SLI capabilities. So give me a suggestion please around the price you got your mobo with :)

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Mazasrb
11:59 Apr-06-2013

As far as I've seen every that supports SLI supports CF too.

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Yep. Every Mobo that supports SLI supports CF but not every Mobo that supports CF supports SLI that's what I am talking about. Mobos that are stated to support only CF are much cheaper than those which support SLI.

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Am I the only one here who hasn't heard about the 7790?

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lakewashoceanbath
14:17 Apr-05-2013

You're not alone-just heard of it after I read this article.
:/

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I want to upgrade my pc in order to play far cry 3, crysis 3, battlefield 4 in maxed out @1366x768
which gpu n cpu i take?

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if u want low cost u can build GTX560 Ti with core i3 3220 on medium quality

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My budget $600-$800

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AMD HD 7990

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GTX670 + i5 3570K + new motherboard

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Well this is really very cool! I don't care much whether it beats AMD or not! I was just surprised that a SLI system of GTX 650 could easily surpass a single GTX 680 while being cheaper with more than 100 dollars! If I could get a motherboard that could carry three GPUs, I would buy it for sure! A SLI system of GTX 650 is much better and very cheaper than a single GTX 670 which I am planning to buy. Yet, if I use the SLI space of Asus Maximus V Gene Motherboard which I am going to get, I won't be able to enhance the performance in later years without changing the two cards! Any suggestions guys?! I could save about 600 or 700 EGP from my PC budget!

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tzzsmk
11:08 Apr-05-2013

be aware of the fact SLI doesn't always work correctly, often it needs patience to configure :Đ

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exactly.

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I believe this is not the matter. If it needs patience to configure, so be it! I am talking about the idea itself!

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not all programs support SLI/crossfireX

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Tero
11:22 Apr-08-2013

A lot depends on the driver support :)

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Hi guys, I am building my new system soon and i wanted to know that should I buy DDr3 with support to 3rd & 2nd gen core i3, i5 and i7. 32 gigs of ram, and crossfire. My brother told me that I should make some amendments in the current system, It supports max 4 gigs of ram, core 2 extreme as well as core 2 quad. and supports crossfire too. He told me to make some amendments so that I could buy a 20 inch monitor! What do you guys say, NEW or OLD?

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If I buy two HD 7750's 1gb ddr5 and run them in crossfire, will they run all current games at maxed out? And what about two HD 7770's

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32gb of ram? What are you gonna do with them? Eat them? :D i5 3470 + gtx660/hd7870 + 8gb of ram & you could play whatever you want :D 7750 & 7770 are low-mid cards. If you want to play games on higher resolution, better take single, but powerfull gpu. If you have enough money, just take a gtx670 or hd7970 & problem solved.

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Thnx DjDede!

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tzzsmk
11:11 Apr-05-2013

the specs you have on your GD profile are good enough :Đ
*two HD7790 might be able to max all games…

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im a bit confused because i am building my own system soon and was thinking of having a hd radeon 7850 as my gpu but seeing that the 650Ti is a tad better should i still get 7850 or get 650ti

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TheDemontool
19:27 Apr-04-2013

Both are equally great but I would get the GTX 650Ti since I like nVidia :)

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Go for the 650ti boost since it´s cheaper and better and you have a great chance for future proof with a Sli for an equal low cost

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Mazasrb
01:17 Apr-05-2013

Don't forget 7850 has a Crossfire support.

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ive used both AMD and Nvidia and i would prefer to use the GTS 650 Ti overall and if it cost less would be better and dont forget to also see the power between the 2

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