Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 – Is it the best budget-friendly GPU on the market?
Introduction, Features and Technical Specifications
The GeForce GTX 1650 appeared on the market in April 2019 and it has seen various reactions from users so far. With a TU117 architecture, the GeForce GTX 1650 has 4GB of GDDR5, clocked at 8GT/s. With four active memory controllers on a 128-bit bus, we see more bandwidth than what the GTX 1050 Ti delivered.
Today we will be taking a look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, more exactly at the one offered by Gigabyte. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 is focusing on good cooling capabilities, which are boosted by Gigabyte’s WINDFORCE cooling system. The video card also aims to deliver great performance as well.
We will run some tests and see what Gigabyte has to offer in terms of performance and if it is a good offer for its price tag.
In short, the features presented by NVidia are:
- Powered by GeForce® GTX 1650
- NVIDIA Turing™ architecture and GeForce Experience™
- Integrated with 4GB GDDR5 128-bit memory interface
- WINDFORCE 2X Cooling System with alternate spinning fans
- 80 mm unique blade fan
- 1710 MHz (Reference card is 1665 MHz)
Let’s check out more info regarding features and specs, as well as the proprietary features from Gigabyte.
Built with NVIDIA Turing™ architecture, the GeForce GTX 1650 is marketed by NVIDIA as being twice as performant as the GeForce GTX 950 and up to 70% faster than the GTX 1050. Here are NVIDIA’s details on the Turing Shaders.
Featuring concurrent execution of floating point and integer operations, adaptive shading technology, and a new unified memory architecture with twice the cache of its predecessor, Turing shaders enable awesome performance increases on today’s games. Get 1.4X power efficiency over previous generation for a faster, cooler and quieter gaming experience that take advantage of Turing’s advanced graphics features.
Gigabyte’s proprietary cooling system has been used on plenty of GPU models, including the GeForce GTX 1650. Here are all the details the brand has on the Windforce 2X Cooling system used on the GTX 1650.
WINDFORCE 2X COOLING SYSTEM
WINDFORCE 2X cooling system features 2x 80mm unique blade fans, alternate spinning fan, and 3D active fan, together delivering an effective heat dissipation.
The GIGABYTE “Alternate Spinning” is the only solution that can solve the turbulent airflow of adjacent fans. Since the adjacent fans rotate in the same direction, the airflow direction is opposite between the fans, which will cause turbulent airflow and reduce heat dissipation efficiency. GIGABYTE turns the adjacent fans in the opposite direction, so that the airflow direction between the two fans is the same, reducing the turbulence and enhancing the airflow pressure.
UNIQUE BLADE FAN
The airflow is spilt by the triangular fan edge, and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, effectively enhancing the airflow.
3D ACTIVE FAN
The 3D Active Fan provides semi-passive cooling, and the fans will remain off when the GPU is in a low load or low power game. It allows gamers to enjoy gameplay in complete silence when the system is running light or idle.
Other essential features included by Gigabyte in the GeForce GTX 1650 are the following:
Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs are specially designed to produce lower switching resistance for faster electric current charging and discharging at extremely low temperature.
Low Power Loss
Metal Choke hold energy much longer than common iron-core chokes at high frequency, thus effectively reduce core energy loss and EMI interference.
Lower ESR Solid Capacitors ensure better electronic conductivity for excellent system performance and longer lifespan.
As for the official technical specs, here is what the GTX 1650 offers.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC: Technical Specifications
- Graphics Processing – GeForce® GTX 1650
- Core Clock – 1710 MHz (Reference Card: 1665 MHz)
- CUDA® Cores – 896
- Memory Clock – 8002 MHz
- Memory Size – 4 GB
- Memory Type – GDDR5
- Memory Bus – 128 bit
- Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) – 128 GB/s
- Card Bus – PCI-E 3.0 x 16
- Digital max resolution – 7680×[email protected]
- Multi-view – 3
- Card size – L=191 W=112 H=36 mm
- PCB Form – ATX
- DirectX – 12
- OpenGL – 4.6
- Recommended PSU – 300W
- Power Connectors – N/A
- Output – DisplayPort 1.4 *1, HDMI 2.0b *2
- SLI Support – No
- Accessories – Quick guide, Driver CD
Next, let us take a look at the NVIDIA software and the AORUS Engine.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC: NVIDIA Features
The most essential feature we have in the GeForce GPUs is GeForce Experience. As all NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, the GTX 1650 comes with GeForce Experience, the software that lets you capture videos, screenshots, but also share livestreams and more. The possibilities are endless, as GeForce Experience lets users broadcast their gameplay without disrupting gameplay. Gamers can share their livestream to YouTube and Facebook using the GeForce Experience technology called NVIDIA ShadowPlay.
Aside from livestreaming, users can optimize their game settings and personalize each option according to the game they are playing. For instance, there is a handy option that will automatically adjust graphics settings based not only on the PC’s GPU, but also the CPU and display.
NVIDIA Freestyle game filters are also available for those that want to add a fancy filter to their footage.
One more handy feature for those looking to immortalize shots from the game and transform them into professional-grade photographs is through NVidia Ansel. User can freeze the game, capture and reposition the camera for that perfect shot.
Finally, NVidia also offers Studio Drivers for the creatives through the NVidia Studio feature. The feature allows users to model and render 3D objects, edit videos, photographs and design anything at fast speeds.
Onto packaging and unboxing, we will take a closer look at the GPU.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC: Packaging & Unboxing
The GTX 1650 OC 4G comes into a sturdy box, easy to open and featuring a cool design. The front of the box contains the essential NVidia and Gigabyte features, such as the WINDFORCE cooling, Turing Shaders, ANSEL and of course, the 1650 series written at the bottom.
The back of the box contains more details about the WINDFORCE cooling system and the Ultra durable graphics components used for the GTX 1650. All of the essential details that are on the NVidia and Gigabyte websites are written on the back of the box, including the minimum system requirements and several warnings.
The moment we have all been waiting for: taking the GPU out of the box! Let’s take a closer look at the GPU, from all angles.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC: A Closer Look
The Gigabyte GTX 1650 Gaming OC looks great, we can all agree with this fact. The two fans certainly make for a very good first impression. The WINDFORCE 2x cooling system refers to the fans on the GPU. As marketed, the fans spin in opposite directions from one another, a design that should help to better dissipate heat away from the aluminum heat sink.
The two flattened composite copper heat pipes also allow to effectively spread the heat to the extended parts of the heatsink. The pipes run through the center, right over TU117, bending to the right and left and dissipating the heat through the aluminum fins. The entire cooling system should be able to keep the entire card cool.
What the Gigabyte GTX 1650 lacks is a metallic back plate. The card only has a protection back plate, but since the video card is aimed at budget gamers, it is what we already expected. However, if it featured a metallic back plate, it would have slightly lowered the temperatures. This is why it’s not much of a big deal if the video card comes with a plastic protection plate instead of a metallic back plate.
The back plate looks beautiful, complementing the design on the front, complete with the Gigabyte logo and some small gaps to let heat out.
The GTX 1650 once again highlights that it is not a high-end model through its HDMI port, which is a must-have for gamers that use 1080p monitors. There are three HDMI ports and only one Display port. The four ports leave enough room for ventilation here, where the vertical fins help guide warm air down toward the main board and up against the fan shroud.
Gigabyte’s PCB is around 20 cm long, but with the fan shroud and back plate, it reaches a length of around 26.5cm. The height of the GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC 4G is around 12 cm from the bottom of the PCI Express slot to the top edge.
TU117 can be found in the center of the PCB, flanked by four Micron MT51J256M32HF-80:B memory modules. In contrast, the GeForce GTX 1660 uses six modules.
In terms of power consumption, the 6-pin connector is proof this GPU will not eat too much power. Gigabyte states on its official website that a 300W power supply will be capable to power an entire system, along with the GTX 1650. We will talk later in our review about the power consumption when in idle and when a game runs at high settings.
Another interesting highlight is that the top of the video card (pictured in the above photo, to the left of the 6-pin connector) will light up in RGB colors that you can control through the RGB Fusion 2.0 software. So, if you are on the RGB train, this budget-friendly GPU has got you covered!