NVIDIA announces GTX 660, 650 for gamers on a budget

NVIDIA has announced two new Kepler-based graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650. The new cards will bring Kepler's performance to gamers looking for less expensive graphics cards. The less powerful of the two cards, the GTX 650, has a pricing of $109, while the GTX 660 costs $229.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660

According to benchmarks from NVIDIA, the GTX 660 is up to twice as fast as the GTX 460 and up to four times as fast as the 8800 GT. The company also touts the GTX 650 as being more than three times powerful than the Xbox 360's Xenos GPU. In terms of hardware, the GTX 660 will have 2GB of RAM and a base clock of 980MHz, and the GTX 650 will have 1GB and a base clock of 1058MHz.

NVIDIA claims the GTX 660 will run "almost all games using high quality DirectX 11 settings at 1920x1080," while the GTX 650 will run many popular games at the same resolution at "high-to-maximum" settings, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, although more intensive games, such as Battlefield 3, can only be run comfortably at that resolution at medium settings. At these settings, the GTX 650 ran Battlefield 3 at more than 40 frames per second. The 9500 GT, by comparison, struggled to run less-intensive games such as League of Legends at even 30 frames per second.

Both cards support DirectX 11 and have DVI and HDMI ports, although the GTX 650 features a mini-HDMI port whereas the GTX 660 features a full-sized HDMI port. The GTX 660 also features a mini-DisplayPort output port.

Source: NVIDIA | Image via NVIDIA

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