ASUS GeForce GTX 1650 Super STRIX OC Review 11

ASUS GeForce GTX 1650 Super STRIX OC Review

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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,

GeForce GTX 1650 Super Market Segment Analysis
GTX 1050$135640321354 MHz1455 MHz1752 MHzGP1073300M2 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
GTX 1050 Ti$150 768321290 MHz1392 MHz1752 MHzGP1073300M4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
GTX 1650$150896321485 MHz1665 MHz2000 MHzTU117unknown4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
RX 570$130 2048321168 MHz1244 MHz1750 MHzEllesmere5700M4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 5500unknown1408321717 MHz1845 MHz1750 MHzNavi 146400M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
GTX 1650 Super$1601280321530 MHz1725 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
$2001280321530 MHz1785 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RX 580$180 2304321257 MHz1340 MHz2000 MHzEllesmere5700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1060 3 GB$1701152481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1060$2101280481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
RX 590$1952304321469 MHz1545 MHz2000 MHzPolaris 305700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1660$210 1408481530 MHz1785 MHz2000 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1070$3001920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$3003584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1660 Super$2301408481530 MHz1785 MHz1750 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
GTX 1660 Ti$2751536481500 MHz1770 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
GTX 1070 Ti$4502432641607 MHz1683 MHz2000 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit

Packaging and Contents

Package Front
Package Back

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

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.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 24.3 cm x 13.0 cm.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires two slots in your system. The card is a tiny bit thicker than two slots, but that shouldn't be a problem.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

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.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

The board uses one 6-pin power connector. This input configuration is specified for up to 150 watts of power draw.

Multi-GPU Area

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.


Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

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.

High-resolution PCB Pictures

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Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

High-res versions are also available (front, back).

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