When I received a new game for Christmas I found out the my BFG GTS 250 was not compatible with the newer Directx 11 standard from
The game would run but the graphics left a lot to be desired and the
512 MB of GDDR memory just couldn't keep up with the data the game was
pushing to the graphics card so...
I upgraded to the - EVGA GeForce
The choice was hard because a lot of newer graphics cards have the
latest NVIDIA standard (chipset) embedded in the firmware on the card.
Most of the cards I looked at had 1 GB of GDDR2 memory, a few had 1 GB
of GDDR4 memory but this one has 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and the cost was
close to the same as the older video cards so I picked the EVGA GeForce GTX 650.
Although it has the latest NVIDIA standard embedded in the firmware
this card is upgradeable when the NVIDIA standard changes.
Specifications for the new
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 video card:
||GeForce GTX 650
|Effective Memory Clock
|3D VISION Game Ready
|Cooler With Fan
||Minimum of a 400 Watt power supply
|Dual-Link DVI Supported
||PCI Express 3.0
|Precision X Console
Two things that bother me about this card:
The advertising hype says the card is overclockable, that is you can
change the frequency of the video processor and memory to speed up the
processing and display of the graphics to the monitor.
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The advertising hype says the card is compatible with XP through
The actuality is the interface console (Precision
X Console) for the card that comes with the product works with XP
but the only function you can change while using XP is the fan speed, the
frequency of the processor and memory does not change.
Note: The software known as RIVA Tuner will see the new card
but unlike the
BFG GT S250
you can not change any of the options for the clock speed or the fan
speed. I had to remove the software from my computer in case there was a
compatibility problem and the developers of this fine software have gone
out of business...
It is compatible with XP but most of the functions will not work, I
updated to the latest NVIDIA and EVGA drivers but the card still doesn't
display all the graphics (it is most noticeable in games where the 3D
function for some scenes looks grainy) where as in Windows 7 it looks
great. This leads me to believe that either NVIDIA or EVGA is not writing
their software for XP any longer.
Also if you are considering upgrading to this card or a newer video
card be sure to check your Power Supply, this card needs at least a
400 Watt Power Supply to supply the additional power to the card
because the power in the slot the video card will occupy does not have the wattage to
drive the memory, processor, and fan.
I am rating the
EVGA GeForce GTX 650
card eight out of ten.
Because the hype says it is compatible with XP then it should have all
the functions in XP that it has with Windows Vista and up. The Directx 11
was written for Vista and up so I understand that function will not be
available but the interface console for controlling the options of the
card should not be written for Directx at all but with normal software
that allows the end user to use the console. If I could control the
frequency for the processor and memory the 3D function in most games
would work properly.
The reason for the eight out of ten rating is the advertising hype,
don't advertise an option, benefit, or function if it will not work.
One thing I do like about this card is the size, it is compact in
the fact that it is at least two inches shorter than the old BFG
GTS250 that was in the same slot. This allows for more cooling air
around the memory and the card which is a good thing, no?
02/14/14 Update, after reinstalling my XP (refresh the Operating
System to get all the updates before MS turns off support for XP in
April, 2014) and a new install of the drivers for this video
card I do get the high quality that this card should deliver, however
the Precision X Console does not work for changing the frequency of
the processor or the memory, just the fan. Now my games do look
Note: You ask did I uninstall the old drivers before
upgrading to the new video card? Yes I did, but it still wasn't
displaying as good as it should have, that was one of the reasons I
did a fresh install of XP...