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Sep 9, 2012

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 OC 2GB Video Card

Well-known mainboard manufacturer, Taiwanese company Gigabyte is preparing its own versions of Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 video cards and the company is heading for the budget overclockers.

The company has decided to mount a huge 100-millimeter cooling fan on the card, but buyers should not get too excited about this as the heatsink is just a big piece of aluminum with no heatpipes or even a copper base. There is an advantage in having such a big fan as it will cool the card properly while spinning at lower speeds thus generating less noise and having better durability. The card features Nvidia’s GK107 GPU and Gigabyte decided to clock it higher than the likely reference base clock of 1058 MHz. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 OC 2GB video card has its GPU clocked at a high 1100 MHz base frequency and, as the name tag is telling, Nvidia has decided to mount 2 GB or GDDR5 memory on it, VideoCardz reports.

We’re sure the double memory size won’t make too much of a performance difference when compared with regular GTX 650 video cards that feature the reference 1 GB, but Gigabyte is charging less than $20 for the extra GDDR5 chips on the card. The manufacturer also has a regular 1GB version of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 OC and reports say that this has already been spotted online for just $150 (117 EUR). The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 OC 2GB will soon be available for $169 (131 EUR), but we’re pretty much disappointed with the simplicity of the heatsink and we believe the maker should have used at least one 8-mm S-shaped heatpipe in the cooling solution.

The backside I/O shield takes up two slots as does the cooling system and comes with two DVI connectors, one standard VGA D-Sub 15 port and a HDMI connector. 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 OC 2GB Video Card with 100mm Cooling Fan


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