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Test Setup

How We Tested

As always, we did our best to deliver a clean set of benchmarks, with each test repeated three times, and an average of those results is what we’re reporting here. In the rare case where performance was inconsistent, we continued repeating the test until we obtained three results that were consistent.

The tests performed are a mixture of custom in-game time demos and manually-played sections, and we use FRAPS to record the average and minimum frame rates. We strive to not only record real-world performance you will actually see, but also present the results in a manner that is easy to digest.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Review Test Setup
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We test at 1,920 x 1,080 (1080p), 2,560 x 1,600 and 5,760 x 1,080. However, for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB, we will be displaying results for sub-£200 cards at the single screen resolutions only, since these are the results which are most relevant.

Test System
  • Intel Core i5 3570K (operating at 4.2GHz – 42 x 100MHz)
  • Asus Maximus V Extreme motherboard
  • 2 x 4GB Corsair 2,400MHz DDR3 memory
  • Lepa G1600 1600W PSU
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • Samsung SSD 830 256GB SSD
AMD Graphics Cards
  • AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB (1,000MHz GPU, 4.8GHz memory) (Catalyst 13.1)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB (860MHz GPU, 4.8GHz memory) (Catalyst 13.1)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7790 1GB (1,000MHz GPU, 6GHz memory) (Catalyst 13.1)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB (1,000MHz GPU, 4.5GHz memory) (Catalyst 13.1)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7750 1GB (825MHz GPU, 4.5GHz memory) (Catalyst 13.1)
Nvidia Graphics Gards
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB (980MHz GPU boosting to 1,033MHz, 6GHz memory) (GeForce 314.07)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB (980MHz GPU boosting to 1,033MHz, 6GHz memory) (Launch driver)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB (925MHz GPU, 5.4GHz memory) (GeForce 314.07)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 1GB (1,058 MHz GPU, 5GHz memory) (GeForce 314.07)
Games Tested
  • Battlefield 3 (DX11)
  • Crysis 3 (DX11)
  • The Witcher 2 (DX9)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (DX9)