New video card for 4K UHD and Starcraft 2 SC2 HotS
Every four years or so I invest in a new video card. The latest edition, ordered today, is the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB card. I actually meant to order a BOOST edition but somewhat mistakenly ordered the ‘OC’ edition. 🙁 However, I like the overall features of the card and if it performs well enough I will keep it. 🙂 Otherwise, I may return it and look at a GTX 760.
My general usage scenarios will be to use the card’s HDMI 1.4 interface to test a 3840×2160 4K UHD LCD. Beyond that, I plan on doing a bit of SC2 Heart of the Swarm gaming on a Dell 30″ 2560×1600 display. I do not necessarily need high/ultra display settings at that resolution as medium is fine by me.
Benchmark roundup of various cards
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