Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX Review - The Fastest Passively Cooled Graphics Card 21

Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX Review - The Fastest Passively Cooled Graphics Card

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NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card almost a year ago, on April 23rd 2019. It is the smallest and most affordable implementation of the "Turing" architecture. Much like other GeForce GTX 16-series graphics cards, the GTX 1650 lacks dedicated RTX real-time ray tracing hardware and tensor cores even though it is based on "Turing."

The GeForce GTX 1650 uses the tiny TU117 silicon from NVIDIA, which 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 for 128 GB/s bandwidth. Not long ago, such specifications were considered quasi-premium for this price segment. With a rated power draw of just 75 watts—half that of the RX 570—most GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards do not need an additional PCIe power connector and can make do with slot power only.



That's exactly why Palit chose the GTX 1650 for their KalmX—a lineup that has been around for many years, offering a completely passive, fanless operation. The first KalmX was the Palit GTX 750 Ti KalmX in 2014, followed by the GTX 1050 Ti KalmX in 2017.

Building a completely passive card is not easy because the heatsink needs to be able to absorb and dissipate all the heat output from GPU and memory—a highly efficient GPU architecture is needed. Even with Turing's leading efficiency, this puts serious constraints on how powerful the card can be. I'm sure Palit would have loved to use a GTX 1650 Super as the base for their KalmX, but that's simply not feasible with 100 W of heat output. The GTX 1650 on the other hand is around 70 W, the perfect candidate from among currently available GPUs.

On the regular graphics card market, the GTX 1650 has been superseded by the GTX 1650 Super, which offers considerably higher performance at only a small price increase.

As expected, the Palit GTX 1650 KalmX does not come with a factory overclock and also uses the NVIDIA default power limit of 75 W, which not only limits heat output, but ensures it doesn't need an additional power connector—something that's important for some small-form-factor systems. The Palit GTX 1650 KalmX is currently retailing at around $160, which is a $10 premium over the NVIDIA MSRP and definitely reasonable.

GeForce GTX 1650 Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
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
Palit GTX 1650 KalmX$160896321485 MHz1665 MHz2000 MHzTU1174700M4 GB, GDDR5, 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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