The ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 Super is the company's premium GTX 1650 Super offering. Launched late November, the GTX 1650 Super is positioned by NVIDIA at $160 as the the company's entry-level offering of the time, the GTX 1650 lost competitiveness to AMD's new Radeon RX 5500. The ROG STRIX GTX 1650 Super is being launched at $200.
The GeForce GTX 1650 Super, unlike the original GTX 1650, is based on the larger "TU116" silicon. This is because NVIDIA bolstered the GTX 1650 Super not just with new GDDR6 memory, but also increased its CUDA core count by a massive 42 percent (from 896 to 1,280), and the smaller "TU117" physically only has 1,024. Other key specs of the GTX 1650 Super include 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs.
The memory bus of the GTX 1650 Super is 128-bit wide, but thanks to 12 Gbps GDDR6 memory, yields 192 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The GeForce 16-series GPUs lack hardware-accelerated ray-tracing, or AI acceleration, but you still get NVIDIA's latest "Turing" CUDA cores, which are capable of concurrent INT+FP compute and variable-rate shading, features many new games are leveraging.
In this review, we take the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 Super for a spin. For the $40 premium over the $160 MSRP, you get a noise-optimized DirectCU II cooling solution featuring ASUS's innovative Axial-Tech fans, which feature a barrier ring along the periphery of the fan that guides all the fan's airflow on to the heatsink. The heatsink is a proper aluminium fin-stack with a pair of heat pipes making direct contact with the GPU. You also get a large overclock out of the box, to a rated boost of 1785 MHz, a metal backplate, an illuminated red ROG logo, dual BIOS, and a 4-pin case fan header to sync one of your case fans to the graphics card,
|GTX 1050||$135||640||32||1354 MHz||1455 MHz||1752 MHz||GP107||3300M||2 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit|
|GTX 1050 Ti||$150||768||32||1290 MHz||1392 MHz||1752 MHz||GP107||3300M||4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit|
|GTX 1650||$150||896||32||1485 MHz||1665 MHz||2000 MHz||TU117||unknown||4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit|
|RX 570||$130||2048||32||1168 MHz||1244 MHz||1750 MHz||Ellesmere||5700M||4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
|RX 5500||unknown||1408||32||1717 MHz||1845 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 14||6400M||4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit|
|GTX 1650 Super||$160||1280||32||1530 MHz||1725 MHz||1500 MHz||TU116||6600M||4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit|
|ASUS GTX 1650 |
Super STRIX OC
|$200||1280||32||1530 MHz||1785 MHz||1500 MHz||TU116||6600M||4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit|
|RX 580||$180||2304||32||1257 MHz||1340 MHz||2000 MHz||Ellesmere||5700M||8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
|GTX 1060 3 GB||$170||1152||48||1506 MHz||1708 MHz||2002 MHz||GP106||4400M||3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit|
|GTX 1060||$210||1280||48||1506 MHz||1708 MHz||2002 MHz||GP106||4400M||6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit|
|RX 590||$195||2304||32||1469 MHz||1545 MHz||2000 MHz||Polaris 30||5700M||8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
|GTX 1660||$210||1408||48||1530 MHz||1785 MHz||2000 MHz||TU116||6600M||6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit|
|GTX 1070||$300||1920||64||1506 MHz||1683 MHz||2002 MHz||GP104||7200M||8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
|RX Vega 56||$300||3584||64||1156 MHz||1471 MHz||800 MHz||Vega 10||12500M||8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit|
|GTX 1660 Super||$230||1408||48||1530 MHz||1785 MHz||1750 MHz||TU116||6600M||6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
|GTX 1660 Ti||$275||1536||48||1500 MHz||1770 MHz||1500 MHz||TU116||6600M||6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
|GTX 1070 Ti||$450||2432||64||1607 MHz||1683 MHz||2000 MHz||GP104||7200M||8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
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.
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