Nvidia is claimed to be responding to the rumoured impending launch of AMD's Radeon HD 7790
mid-range graphics board with a hardware refresh for its GeForce GTX 650 Ti design.
According to anonymous sources claiming to be familiar with Nvidia's plans and speaking to Swedish tech site SweClockers
, Nvidia is to boost the GeForce GTX 650 Ti with tweaks to its Kepler-based GK106 graphics processor - the same as found in the higher-end GeForce GTX 660 - that will allow it to run at higher frequencies.
The exact nature of the improvements due for the GeForce GTX 650 Ti are, sadly, not detailed by the site's sources, but are expected to take the main form of a boost to the base clock which runs at 925MHz in the existing model. While precise figures have not been shared, it seems likely that Nvidia will shoot for a 1GHz or higher base clock with the refreshed model - a handy way of matching the 1,075MHz base clock of the upcoming Radeon HD 7790 and keeping up with rival AMD in the all-important numbers game.
For those who were hoping for something a little more dramatic from the green camp, there could be disappointment on the horizon: there's currently no evidence to suggest that the refreshed GeForce GTX 650 Ti will enable the missing streaming multiprocessor (SM) unit that differentiates it from the more expensive GeForce GTX 660, also based on the GK106 GPU.
A boost in performance is something the GeForce GTX 650 Ti desperately needs: a surprisingly high asking price coupled with performance around a quarter lower than that of the AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB led to disappointing review scores
, and while we're not entirely certain that a simple boost to core clock speeds will make the difference it could nevertheless be a successful move if it comes hand-in-hand with a drop in price.
Nvidia, naturally, has not given comment on the rumour, preferring to remain silent regarding unannounced products until it's good and ready to make them announced products.