ASL is a Chinese manufacturer of graphics cards, so we probably won't see its GeForce GTX 650 video board up for sale in Europe, the USA or even in Japan, most likely.
Still, it will serve as a fitting item of comparison for all the GeForce GTX 650 graphics card models that will, no doubt, emerge over the next few days.
Certainly, the official release won't happen until Thursday, September 13, 2012, but leaks are already exposing individual models, not to mention benchmarks
. Zotac GeForce GTX 660 AMP! Edition, MSI’s GTX 650 Power Edition
are just two examples.
That said, the upcoming GeForce GTX 650 from ASL (the price will be of $149 / 116-149 Euro) was pictured on the Zol forums
. The photos aren't the best we've seen, but they are better than nothing.
It doesn't hurt that the leak came with a screenshot of the GPU-Z utility and, thus, the specifications of the video board.
ASL did not change NVIDIA's reference specs. As such, the GK107 GPU (graphics processing unit) operates at 1,059 MHz, while the 1 GB of GDDR5 VRAM functions at 5 GHz effective (1,250 MHz).
The user who shared the pictures said that the board scored 12,000 points in 3Dmark 06, which isn't all that monumental, although it may have been partially owed to the rest of the system hardware.
Whichever the case may be, the 1 GB board with 128-bit memory interface and TDP of 75W (supplied by the PCI Express slot and a 6-pin connector) may have trouble besting the competition on AMD's part. Even the aforementioned benchmarks
leave room for worry.
As for the cooler, it is a fairly unadorned, circular heatsink with a fan on top. A suitable shape given the wide PCB. Finally, the back panel offers dual-DVI and a mini DisplayPort video output.