Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 OC GDDR6 Review - Faster Memory Helps? 12

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 OC GDDR6 Review - Faster Memory Helps?

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We have with us Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 OC. NVIDIA sprung a cute little surprise in the middle of the COVID-19 panic in the form of an upgrade to its entry-level "Turing" based graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1650. The new GTX 1650 G6 (GDDR6) sees NVIDIA replace the 8 Gbps GDDR5 memory with newer and faster 12 Gbps GDDR6 memory to yield a 50% boost in memory bandwidth. From prevalent online pricing, it appears the G6 variant was meant to gradually replace the original GTX 1650 at around $160. Stocks of GDDR6 memory chips are aplenty and memory makers are beginning to phase out GDDR5.

The switch to GDDR6 was probably also intended to improve NVIDIA's outlook in the sub-$200 market below the GTX 1650 Super. Currently, no AMD "Navi" RX 5000-series graphics card uses GDDR5 (at least not in the retail channel), and with the RX 5500 XT 4 GB going for around $170, the original GTX 1650 was beginning to look obsolete. The switch to GDDR6 comes at a cost, though. NVIDIA had to lower GPU clock speeds slightly—1410 MHz base and 1590 MHz GPU Boost vs. the 1485 MHz base and 1665 MHz GPU Boost of the original GTX 1650. This was probably done while keeping an eye on the power envelope necessary to enable graphics card designs without any PCIe power connectors.

The GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 runs with 896 "Turing" CUDA cores, 56 TMUs, and 32 ROPs—same as the original GTX 1650, with memory type and clocks being the only difference. The size of the memory is the same at 4 GB. With these specifications, NVIDIA is targeting 1080p gaming at mid-thru-high settings, or 1080p eSports gaming at 60 Hz, with titles such as PUBG.

The GIGABYTE card we have with us today is the company's cheapest offering, which lacks any power connectors yet comes with a small overclock out of the box. It uses a simple fan-heatsink cooler that's not much unlike Intel's stock heatsink. GIGABYTE is pricing the card at $175, which seems close to this SKU's baseline pricing.

GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 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 MHzTU1174700M4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
GTX 1650 GDDR6N/A896321410 MHz1590 MHz1500 MHzTU1174700M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
Gigabyte GTX 1650
$175896321410 MHz1635 MHz1500 MHzTU1174700M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RX 570$120 2048321168 MHz1244 MHz1750 MHzEllesmere5700M4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 5500 XT$1701408321717 MHz1845 MHz1750 MHzNavi 146400M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
GTX 1650 Super$1601280321530 MHz1725 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RX 580$160 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$2002304321469 MHz1545 MHz2000 MHzPolaris 305700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1660$200 1408481530 MHz1785 MHz2000 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1070$3001920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$2603584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1660 Super$2301408481530 MHz1785 MHz1750 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
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