MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4 GB Review 73

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4 GB Review

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NVIDIA today announced the GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, the smallest and most affordable implementation of the "Turing" architecture. Much like other GeForce GTX 16-series graphics cards launched to date, the GTX 1650 lacks dedicated RTX real-time raytracing hardware and tensor cores even though it is based on "Turing". NVIDIA is positioning the card at a starting price of US$149 and expects the card to be capable of Full HD (1080p) gaming with reasonably high settings.

The GeForce GTX 1650 is based on the tiny new "TU117" silicon from NVIDIA. This chip is configured with 896 CUDA cores, 56 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface holding 4 GB of memory that ticks at 8 Gbps, churning out 128 GB/s bandwidth. Not too long ago, such specifications were considered quasi-premium for this price segment; that is, until AMD significantly cut prices of its Radeon "Polaris" graphics cards after the crypto-mining crash. The Radeon RX 570 4 GB, going by specifications alone, would qualify as a segment higher than the GTX 1650, but can be had for around the $130-mark from North American retailers.

With a rated power-draw of just 75 watts—half that of the RX 570—most GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards typically do not need an additional PCIe power connector and can make do with slot power only, which can be useful when upgrading OEM systems that have weak PSUs and possibly lack the power cabling required for higher-end graphics cards. Certain premium factory-overclocked cards based on this chip may at best pack a single 6-pin connector. Display outputs typically only include one DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and DVI-D each. The chip is endowed with all of the new 10bpc HDR video decoding hardware acceleration introduced with "Turing", so it has a solid resume for your living room.

In this review, we take a look at the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X, the company's premium GTX 1650 offering boasting an aspirational design aimed at e-Sports gamers, a TwinFrozr VII cooling solution that looks like a card a segment above the rest, and a factory-overclocked speed of 1860 MHz GPU Boost.

GeForce GTX 1650 Market Segment Analysis
GTX 1050$130640321354 MHz1455 MHz1752 MHzGP1073300M2 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
GTX 1050 Ti$170 768321290 MHz1392 MHz1752 MHzGP1073300M4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
GTX 1650$150896321485 MHz1665 MHz2000 MHzTU1174700M4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
MSI GTX 1650 Gaming X$155896321485 MHz1860 MHz2000 MHzTU1174700M4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
RX 570$130 2048321168 MHz1244 MHz1750 MHzEllesmere5700M4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 580$190 2304321257 MHz1340 MHz2000 MHzEllesmere5700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1060 3 GB$2001152481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1060$2001280481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
RX 590$2202304321469 MHz1545 MHz2000 MHzPolaris 305700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1660$220 1408481530 MHz1785 MHz2000 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1070$3001920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
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