titleIf you are an avid reader, you have most likely seen countless Asus motherboard reviews and even a few audio products as well recently. Something that is a little rarer is having an Asus video card come through our office. When Asus contacted me asking if we wanted to take a look at their upcoming GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP, there wasn’t even a hesitation. We have already taken a look at the reference GTX 650 Ti; this card on the other hand is nothing like it. Sure you have the same architecture, as you would expect. But the DirectCU II TOP is almost twice as long, has twice the cooling, and has a considerably different PCB even. It’s no off the shelf reference design, today we are going to dig in and see what all of that means for you when looking to buy a GTX 650 Ti.

Product Name: Asus GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP

Review Sample Provided by: Asus

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes


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Processing Units

Graphics Processing Clusters

2 or 3



CUDA Cores


Texture Units


ROP Units


Clock Speeds

Base Clock

1033 MHz

Boost Clock


Memory Clock (Data rate)

5400 MHz

L2 Cache Size



Total Video Memory

1024MB GDDR5

Memory Interface


Total Memory Bandwidth

86.4 GB/s

Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear)

59.2 GigaTexels/sec

Physical & Thermal

Fabrication Process

28 nm

Transistor Count

2.54 Billion


2 x Dual-Link DVI

1 x mini-HDMI

Form Factor

Dual Slot

Power Connectors

1 x 6-pin

Recommended Power Supply

400 Watts

Thermal Design Power (TDP)

110 Watts

Thermal Threshold

98° C

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #28188 09 Oct 2012 17:00
Asus's DirectCU II TOP variation on the same Nvidia card we covered before, at almost twice the size its anything but cute. What do you guys think?

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