MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC Graphics Card: Complete Review & Specs

Mid-range graphics cards have traditionally been a major focus from the fans. Most recently, the company introduced the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti, which finally violated an own ways developed over the past two years in the segment of graphics cards for $ 150-200. Recently MSI revealed its graphics card MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC which is overclocked version of GeForce GTX 650 Ti in addition has the original factory overclocking PCB and cooling system Cyclone II.

MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5

In particular graphics processor in MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC is running at 993 MHz instead of 925 MHz, typical for the reference model as for memory this 5400 MHz – the standard for GTX 650 Ti.
Assessing alternative models of the formula, we can conclude that NVIDIA strongly recommends that manufacturers of graphics cards to change the operating frequency of RAM, making exceptions only in special cases. Perhaps such strict regulation to be related to the reluctance to create competition within its own lineup, however, is not allowed to producers, users can implement theirself.
Design and layout

This MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC graphics card has all the attributes of the device line Power Edition. Along with enhanced power system and recycled circuit board, the adapter supports Triple Over Voltage, which allows software to regulate power to the chip and the memory bus. Of course, by all the canons of the line, the video card is also equipped with the original cooling system. In this case, the manufacturer has set in motion a well-known cooler Cyclone II. This is the cooler used previously for MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II. Remembering a very good result of the CO cooling, GF114 based devices that have more TDP, than adapters GK106, was curious to estimate how Cyclone II will show itself in tandem with Kepler.


If we talk about the MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC graphics card device cooling system, structurally it is quite different from the proposed for the reference design GeForce GTX 650 Ti. At the core of the cooler are a cooler-plated copper, and a compact radiator whose profile has increased dissipation area. Defining part of CO is a pair of typesetting radiators consisting of thin aluminium plates. These tapes are connected to the base by a 6-mm heat pipes, and visual splendor they are covered with decorative metal plates. The whole structure is blown 90-mm axial fan blades which are produced in a Propeller Blade. Adapter with Cyclone II cooler occupies two expansion slots.


Printed circuit board of MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC is almost identical to that used for the GeForce GTX 650 from MSI. This PCB has increased to 230 mm length, whereas adapters are used for reference 154-millimeter board. However, apart from the increased size, it uses reinforced five-phase scheme VRM (4 +1), which should help in the work at higher frequencies.
For additional power connection uses one six-pin connector that is put to the rear edge of the adapter.


At the top of the MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC graphics card are no connectors. SLI technology, in the GeForce GTX 650 Ti does not support it, because there are no specific and connector cables, combining two video cards.


MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC featuring two interfaces two DVI (DVI-I + DVI-D) and Mini-HDMI. A significant portion of the mounting plate is grating to bring the hot air out of the chassis.


Along with the management and the drivers also have one adapter with Molex to six-pin connector for additional power supply.
In addition, the kit contains an adapter from mini-HDMI connector on the full-length, as well as a DVI to analog D-Sub.

MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5

Special attention is given to the cooling system efficiency in MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC graphics card. 26 C at rest at 23 in the room – good but not that too impressive. Dimensional fan rotating at 1000 rev / min, it is able to provide such indicators. Much more interesting is the behavior of the card at the time of severe stress. During the passing of all test stages, the GPU temperature at the peak rises only to 49 degrees.


This fact alone is unordinary, but the “pepper” in this situation, and adds that the fan to maintain this temperature the fan worked on all the same 1000 rev / min with a small error, and almost heard. This is the rare case in which rotates at 800 rev / min 15-cm fan on Thermaltight Archon Rev.
Utility Furmark, after 20 minutes of active work, allowed us to see the numbers on the chart 56 ยบ C and 1150 rev / min. Given the nature of the load, which does not occur in real games and application, software, and this result can be considered a great success.
Cyclone II cooling system in this MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC case is not just handled perfectly. Effectiveness of the SB is enough to keep the GPU temperature by an unusually low level. Of course, you should make an amendment so that the same construction coolers best show themselves just in open stands, therefore, in the case of heating the absolute figures are somewhat higher. However, as demonstrated by the results indicate that in the case of the GTX 650 Ti Cyclone II safety factor is very high.


Increasing the supply voltage to the chip 50 mV, the GPU frequency was increased 993 to 1148 MHz. This is 15.6% higher than the initial value, but compared with the recommended 925 MHz, the increase is 24%, memory stably at 6400 MHz (18.5%).


Clocking of MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC graphics card is increase by a few percent, while an additional graphics card is capable of accelerating the crossing for another 13-18%.


MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC leaves a good impression. Increased frequencies provide some performance gains, improved electronic components is useful in further crossing and long-term use at high speed, well, very efficient and quiet cooling system itself is a clear advantage for any video card.
Perhaps the only thing that is satisfactory – no small price adapter which is significantly higher than the recommended GeForce GTX 650 Ti / CO and reference standard frequencies. However, the price tag – it remedied. The device turned out to be very successful, and the decline in value over time, will make it even more attractive to potential owners.


+ Good performance

+ GPU overclock

+ Potential for additional overclocking

+ Original PCB and advanced power system

+ Efficient and very quiet cooler


– High price

This was all regarding one of the best affordable graphics card solution i.e. MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC.

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