NVIDIA launched a new era in PC gaming with the NVIDIA® Kepler™ – powered GeForce® GTX family architecture – the fastest, most efficient and powerful generation of graphics cards ever.
This powerful weapon has only been available to the enthusiast gamers. Until today.
Now, NVIDIA extends the Kepler family with the GeForce GTX 660 — the high-performance weapon of choice for gamers — and the powerful yet remarkably priced GeForce GTX 650.
Choose your weapon, and game on!
NVIDIAGeForce GTX line-up from top to bottom, showing a marked improvement in performance per generation. In particular, note how the performance of the mid-range GTX 660 comes close to that of the GTX 580, last-generations flagship GPU.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
The GeForce GTX 660 hits triple digits in the popular Diablo III, and continues to impress in other titles, too. In each, high settings were used, and 4xMSAA anti-aliasing was enabled when available. On the GTX 460 and 9800 GT, many games failed to hit a playable 30 frames per second, or were just above that mark, resulting in an unenjoyable experience. Please note that your mileage may vary given your particular hardware and software configuration.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
The GeForce GTX 650 is NVIDIA's entry level gaming GPU. "Entry" in this case may be a bit of a misnomer. Powered by 384 CUDA Cores and 1GB of dedicated memory, the GeForce GTX 650 plays most of today's games at medium quality or higher at 1920x1080.
NVIDIA has tested the GeForce GTX 650's performance in a suite of seventeen games, spanning popular classics and new releases. High quality settings were enabled where possible, and only dialed down to medium for more intensive titles like Battlefield 3 and Borderlands 2.
Despite being only 5.7 inches long, compared to the 9.5 inches of the GTX 660, the GTX 650 can output to three monitors simultaneously and still sports popular Kepler features such as Adaptive VSync and FXAA anti-aliasing. Its tiny size also makes it a great upgrade for a Home Theater PC (HTPC) or older system utilizing a smaller case. In a HTPC, the GTX 650 has ample power to output Full HD 1080p footage to your HDTV television via the mini-HDMI output, and in full stereoscopic 3D via NVIDIA’s 3D Vision, too. Adding to its appeal as a HTPC card is the fact the GTX 650 draws less than 5 Watts of power at idle, and less than 13 Watts of power when accelerating 1080p video.
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