MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming X Review 53

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming X Review



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NVIDIA today released the GeForce GTX 1650 Super graphics card. This is the second GTX 16-series Super model from NVIDIA, as the company makes product-stack adjustments across the bottom-end of its "Turing" GPU lineup. These graphics cards are crucial for the company's bottom-line as they sell in huge volumes; the sub-$200 market is the gateway segment to Full HD gaming at 60 FPS. These are the price points at which gamers who choose the PC over consoles spend some money to upgrade their otherwise basic home desktops to gaming-capable machines. AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 5500 graphics card threatens NVIDIA's GTX 16-series just in the same way the RX 5700 destabilized the lower-end of the RTX 20 lineup, forcing three new product launches to prevent cannibalization.

The RTX 2060 Super was launched as the RTX 2060 lost competitiveness to the RX 5700, and the RTX 2070 Super as the RX 5700 XT beat the RTX 2070. To prevent the RTX 2070 Super from hurting sales of NVIDIA's $700 RTX 2080, NVIDIA also refreshed the RTX 2080 with the faster RTX 2080 Super. With the GTX 16-series, the challenge of keeping these SKUs competitive is higher as NVIDIA can't play its "ray tracing" card here. There is a level playing field between the GTX 16-series and the RX 5500 series—pure raster graphics.

The GeForce GTX 1650 Super is launched to restore NVIDIA's competitiveness in the sub-$200 market, as AMD extensively compared the RX 5500 to the original GTX 1650 in its marketing slides. AMD claims that the RX 5500 is over 30 percent faster than the GTX 1650, and possibly matches or beats the GTX 1660. This invited a two-fold response from NVIDIA. The GTX 1660 Super was launched last month at $230, offering performance close to the $280 GTX 1660 Ti. The GTX 1650 Super is being launched today to restore competition under the $200-mark. The GTX 1650 Super is being launched at an MSRP of US$160 with headroom for board partners to price their custom-design cards at up to $200 or thereabouts.

Unlike the original GTX 1650 non-Super, the new GeForce GTX 1650 Super is based on the "TU116" silicon rather than the tiny "TU117" that powers the GTX1650. "TU116" is the same chip on which NVIDIA built its GTX 1660 trio. The "TU116" as the GTX 1650 Super is configured with a 128-bit GDDR6 memory interface holding 4 GB of memory. Even at its memory clock of 12 Gbps, this setup produces 192 GB/s of memory bandwidth, which is a massive 50% increase compared to the 128 GB/s of the original GTX 1650. NVIDIA also endowed the GTX 1650 Super with more muscle than the original—1,280 CUDA cores compared to the original's 896, a 42 (!) percent increase. There are proportionate increases in TMUs: 80 vs. 56. The GPU clock speeds have also been dialed up to 1725 MHz GPU Boost compared to the original's 1665 MHz. These changes also increase the card's typical board power metric to 100 W, up from 75 W on the original. The card needs at least a 6-pin PCIe power connector, while the original GTX 1650 could make do with none.

In this review, we take a close look at the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming X, a premium custom-design offering from MSI in its top-spec Gaming X avatar. This card features factory-overclocked speeds of 1755 MHz, a decent 30 MHz increase over the original, bundled with a proper fin-stack cooling solution. MSI is pricing the card at $180, a $20 premium over the $160 NVIDIA MSRP.

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
MSI GTX 1650
Super Gaming X
$1801280321530 MHz1755 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$220 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

You will receive:
  • Graphics card
  • Documentation

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

Visually, the MSI GTX 1650 Super Gaming X looks nearly identical to the company's GTX 1660 non-Super. A dual-fan heatsink ensures the card stays cool at all times. A backplate is not included.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 25 cm x 13 cm.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires two slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity options include three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs and one 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

GeForce GTX 1650 Super does not support SLI.


Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

MSI's cooler is more powerful than the one on the GTX 1650 non-Super. It now uses three heatpipes and a large heatsink. The fans are 85 mm in diameter.

Once the main heatsink is removed, a metal plate that provides cooling for the memory chips and VRM circuitry becomes visible. The thick pink pad is used to stabilize the cooler, to ensure it sits evenly on the GPU.

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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