Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Super WindForce OC Review 12

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Super WindForce OC Review

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Temperatures

Graphics Card Temperatures


Temperature & Noise Comparison
IdleGaming
TempNoiseTempNoise
ASUS GTX 1650 Super STRIX OC32°C27 dBA57°C32 dBA
ASUS GTX 1650 Super STRIX OC (Quiet BIOS)45°CFan Stop61°C28 dBA
EVGA GTX 1650 Super SC Ultra45°CFan Stop64°C38 dBA
Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WindForce OC46°CFan Stop64°C38 dBA
MSI GTX 1650 Super Gaming X51°CFan Stop62°C27 dBA
Zotac GTX 1650 Super Twin Fan35°C30 dBA72°C41 dBA
Palit GTX 1650 Super StormX OC31°C29 dBA63°C36 dBA
Testing notes & interpretation
  • GPU temperature listed here is based on GPU-Z measurements of the on-chip temperature sensor.
  • We report these GPU temperatures under a constant load for ease of comparison, as well as an idle state most end users will experience often. This combination will help dictate cooling needs and provides context for how well the thermal solution performs.
  • Please note that GPU temperature is contingent on a variety of factors. Some, including clock speed, voltage settings, cooler design, and production variances, are beyond the control of the end user. Others, such as ambient temperature, case design, and airflow pathway affecting the GPU, can be mitigated to certain extents.
  • The data in the table above shows results for similar cards, achieved in identical conditions during previous TechPowerUp reviews.

Fan Noise

Noise Testing Details

In past years, gamers would accept everything for a little more performance. Nowadays, users are more aware of their graphics card's fan noise and power consumption.

In order to properly test how much noise a card's fan emits, we use a Bruel & Kjaer 2236 sound-level meter (~$4,000). It has the measurement range and accuracy we are looking for.

Fan Noise Measurement Setup

The tested graphics card is installed in a system that does not emit any noise on its own, using a passive PSU, passive CPU cooler, passive cooling on the motherboard, and a solid state drive. Noise results of other cards on this page are measurements of the respective reference design.

This setup allows us to eliminate secondary noise sources and test only the video card. To be more compliant with standards like DIN 45635 (we are not claiming to be fully DIN 45635 certified), the measurement is conducted at a distance of 100 cm and 160 cm off the floor. Ambient background noise inside the room was well below 20 dBA for all measurements. Please note that the dBA scale is not linear but logarithmic. 40 dBA is not twice as loud as 20 dBA since a 6 dBA increase results in double the sound pressure. The human hearing perception is a bit different, and it is generally accepted that a 10 dBA increase doubles the perceived sound level. 3D load noise levels are tested with a stressful game, not with Furmark.

Unlike many other GTX 1650 Super cards, Gigabyte does indeed include the idle-fan-stop feature.

Gaming noise levels are a bit high. It seems Gigabyte focused on temperatures too much and ended up compromising on fan noise. With 38 dBA, the card is the second-loudest GTX 1650 Super we tested so far, and it wouldn't have to be. The cooler itself seems quite solid, a manual fan profile can help here.

Fan Noise Idle
Fan Noise Gaming
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