Let’s first talk about the standard GeForce GTX 650 Ti with 1 GB memory. On the games we used in this review, this new video card was between 8% and 39% faster than its main competitor, the Radeon HD 7770, and between 12% and 50% faster than the video card it comes to replace, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. For transcoding video using Media Espresso, however, the Radeon HD 7770 was 11% faster. Costing only USD 150, we believe the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti is an outstanding video card for the average user.
The Gigabyte GV-N65TOC-2GI, with its overclocking and 2 GB of memory, was up to 12% faster than the standard GeForce GTX 650 Ti. It was between 14% and 52% faster than the Radeon HD 7770 and between 18% and 65% faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti on the games we ran.
Speaking only on performance terms, the GV-N65TOC-2GI is not a good buy, since you are going to pay 17% more to get only, in the best-case scenario, 12% more performance. However, if you prefer to have a GeForce GTX 650 Ti with a better cooling solution, the Gigabyte GV-N65TOC-2GI may be an option. We also have to consider that we didn’t do any overclocking to the reviewed video card. We know for a fact that you can increase its memory clock to at least 6 GHz, since it uses memory chips rated at 6 GHz. Also, thanks to its improved cooling, you may be able to increase the GPU clock even more. So, the Gigabyte GV-N65TOC-2GI may be a contender if you are into overclocking video cards.