Packaging and Contents
Visually, the ASUS GTX 1650 Super STRIX OC looks identical to the company's GTX 1660 Super STRIX OC and other similar products. A dual-fan heatsink ensures the card stays cool at all times. Unlike most of the competition, ASUS does include a high-quality metal backplate with their card.
Dimensions of the card are 24.3 cm x 13.0 cm.
Installation requires two slots in your system. The card is a tiny bit thicker than two slots, but that shouldn't be a problem.
Display connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4a outputs and two HDMI 2.0b.
NVIDIA has updated their display engine with the Turing microarchitecture, which now supports DisplayPort 1.4a with support for VESA's nearly lossless Display Stream Compression (DSC). Combined, this enables support for 8K@30Hz with a single cable or 8K@60Hz when DSC is turned on. For context, DisplayPort 1.4a is the latest version of the standard that was published in April, 2018.
At CES 2019, NVIDIA announced that all their graphics cards will now support VESA Adaptive Sync (aka FreeSync). While only a small number of FreeSync monitors have been fully qualified with G-SYNC, users can enable the feature in NVIDIA's control panel regardless of whether the monitor is certified or not.
The board uses one 6-pin power connector. This input configuration is specified for up to 150 watts of power draw.
The GeForce GTX 1650 Super does not support SLI. ASUS used the space to position their dual-BIOS switch here, and the large button serves to turn off the illuminated ASUS ROG logo without any software.
You also get a 4-pin PWM fan header to sync your case fans to the graphics card's fans.
The ASUS heatsink uses two heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU surface. Do note the lonely thermal pad sitting at the top edge of the cooler, which provides cooling for two of the memory chips; the other two memory chips are cooled only by the cooler's airflow.
A metal reinforcement brace is installed to improve rigidity of the card.
The backplate is made from metal and has two thermal pads to provide a little bit of extra cooling.