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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB Radeon HD 6850 XFX Black Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 235% 235%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 235% 235%
Cyberpunk 2077 360% 360%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 213% 213%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 360% 360%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 53% 53%
The Outer Worlds 179% 179%
Borderlands 3 254% 254%
FIFA 20 79% 79%
Need For Speed Heat 235% 235%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the GTX 650 Ti and the HD 6850 are equal.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 180 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. This results in the GTX 650 Ti providing 24.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 180 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6850, but the HD 6850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650 Ti. As a result, the HD 6850 exhibits a 9.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 650 Ti. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 650 Ti was released over a year more recently than the HD 6850, and so the GTX 650 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 6850.

The GTX 650 Ti has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 6850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 6850 has 48 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6850 is noticeably better than the GTX 650 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB has 768 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6850 XFX Black Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 Ti is 753 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 384. The GTX 650 Ti having 369 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GTX 650 Ti transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6850. This means that the GTX 650 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GTX 650 Ti should consume less power than the HD 6850.

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB requires 150 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6850 XFX Black Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6850, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 650 Ti.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureKepler GK106-220-A1Terascale 2 Barts Pro
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2012vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1350 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth86.4GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs960
Actual Shader Performance36%vs18%
Texture Mapping Units64vs48
Texture Rate62.7 GTexel/svs38.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate15.7 GPixel/svs25.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Watts-
Recommended PSU-500 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1680x1050

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
This edition features a new and better cooling system called DirectCU II with that utilizes direct contact copper heatpipes so heat is dissipated efficiently, delivering a 20% cooler and vastly quieter performance than reference according to Asus and an increase in the central clock that went from 928MHz to 980MHz. The Memory clock was left untouched.
This edition performs better than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB because it's higher clocked and not because of the extra video memory.
Benchmarks indicate there's a 2.5% boost when compared to the reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti. Consumers will want to get the TOP version for superior performance.
Radeon HD 6850 XFX Black Edition is a special edition of the Radeon HD 6850. See the page of the standard edition for more information about it.
The new features include increases in the core and memory clocks that went from 775MHz to 800MHz and from 1000MHz to 1050MHz, respectively. Features that make it more energy efficient and a better cooling system are also included.
The performance increase is about 3% according to benchmarks and so and so even the most demanding games are playable at high settings but not with extreme resolutions and extreme technologies due to the limited memory size.
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