1650 6: GeForce GTX 1650 Tested without PCIe Power

GeForce GTX 1650 Tested without PCIe Power

Last week we checked out the new GeForce GTX 1650 for the first time and we were disappointed with what we found. For some time now AMD’s Radeon RX 570 has been, or at least should have been, the go-to option for budget conscious gamers. It obliterates the GTX 1050 Ti and it’s been cheaper to buy ever since cryptocurrency mining cooled off.

The Radeon RX 570 is a great value gaming graphics card, but as great as it is, we were hoping we’d evenly get a Turing based GPU that was even better. That didn’t come to happen though, as the GTX 1650 struggles to match the value of even the faster RX 580.

The only possible advantage the GTX 1650 has is its power efficiency. Using less power means cooler and quieter graphics cards, or at least it potentially can. The opposite can also happen, where AIB partners try to maximize profit and slap a crushed down coke can on the thing and it will run at 70 degrees.

With that said, the handful of GTX 1650 cards we’ve seen so far run cool and quiet despite their unimpressive looking coolers. The other advantage to not using much power is the GTX 1650 can be configured to not use any external power. The models we reviewed before provided by MSI and Gigabyte did require the external 6-pin power connector, placing them in direct competition with something like the cheaper and faster Radeon RX 570.

We’ve since purchased the Gigabyte GTX 1650 OC, a 195mm-long graphics card that weighs all of 377 grams and most crucially, has no external power connector. For context, the Gigabyte Gaming OC version we used in our original review is 36% longer and 76% heavier.

In terms of pricing, the smaller version without the 6-pin PCIe power connector costs $155, so a mere $5 over the MSRP. The Gaming OC version in the other hand is retailing for $180, so it’s 16% more expensive. Out of the box the base model targets a boost clock speed of 1710 MHz, while the bigger version aims for 1815 MHz. When gaming the base model typically boosted to 1830 MHz, while the 6-pin model hit 1950 MHz.

Because the base model is limited to the 75-watt power delivery of the PCI Express x16 slot it can’t clock higher as it would be running out of spec and doing so could risk damaging the motherboard. Therefore out of the box we saw a peak GPU load of 67 watts whereas the Gaming OC model hit 72 watts.

Given those limitations overclocking the base model isn’t possible. The card’s power limit is locked at 100% and at most we were able to squeeze another 15 MHz out of the core. Even that was a bit iffy though, pushing the GPU load to 69 watts. However, we quickly discovered that the GTX 1650 is extremely memory bound, so if you spend the small power budget available on the 75 watt model by overclocking the 4GB of GDDR5 memory, this leads to more substantial gains. We were able to boost the memory frequency by 17% and as you’re about to see that lead to some fairly impressive performance gains.

As expected, the cards that could pull more power from the PSU overclocked better and we’ll look at those results in a moment. Once overclocked the Gigabyte GTX 1650 Gaming OC peaked at 91 watts and averaged an operating frequency of 2070 MHz which was quite impressive. For testing we have just a few games running in our usual GPU test bed that includes a Core i9-9900K clocked at 5 GHz with 32GB of DDR4-3200 memory.


First up we have World War Z and here out of the box performance between the two Gigabyte GTX 1650 models is basically identical which might seem a bit odd given the 6-pin model is clocked 6-7% higher. However, as mentioned earlier the GTX 1650 is very memory bound, so much so that you have to underclock the core heavily before you see a noticeable decline in performance.

Leaving the core frequency untouched but boosting the GDDR5 memory frequency by 18% improved frame rates in World War Z by 7%, not an amazing overclock from the base model but if I tried to overclock the cores it was a 1-2% increase at best. The 6-pin model supported core and memory overclocking and the memory went a little further, this saw a 12% boost in performance, placing the GTX 1650 just behind a stock GTX 1060 3GB.

Not exactly an impressive result but this is about the best you can hope for from a GTX 1650 in World War Z.

Performance gains when testing with Far Cry New Dawn were similar, the base model was 7% faster once overclocked while the 6-pin model was 14% faster. Another nice performance uplift for the 6-pin model but even so it was still slower than a stock 3GB 1060 and much slower than the stock Radeon RX 570.

We know Forza Horizon 4 to be quite the memory sensitive title and therefore we weren’t overly surprised to see the memory overclock on the base model providing a 13% performance boost which was comparable to the 15% boost the 6-pin model enjoyed.

Gains seen in Fortnite are reminiscent of what we saw in World War Z and Far Cry New Dawn, an 8% boost for the base model and 13% for the 6-pin version.

Then finally we have Resident Evil 2 and here we see a slight performance advantage out of the box for the 6-pin model and then once overclocked it enjoyed a 17% performance bump, and then 10% for the base model.

Wrap Up

We have to admit we’re pleasantly surprised by the 75-watt model lacking an external PCI Express power connector. Overall that still doesn’t make it a great card, but we thought it might have been worse than it was. The Gigabyte GTX 1650 OC is the fastest 75-watt model you can get, it’s running right on the edge of the limits with no headroom for the cores. Though it is only clocked 3% above the official Nvidia spec, so it’s not like the single fan Gigabyte Mini version that’s clocked 30 MHz lower will be slower by more than a frame.

The takeaway here is, if you’re after a GTX 1650 — let’s not get into the reasons — if you’re after a GTX 1650 then your best bet is a base model at or as close to the MSRP as you can get. The Gigabyte Gaming OC is a much better graphics card than the base model OC version, but it’s not worth paying more that kind of premium.

If we’re going strictly by best value and performance, the GTX 1650 series as a whole is a hard pass at the launch’s $150 price point because for $20 less you can get an RX 570 which is a faster graphics card. In most modern games often much faster, think 20%. The RX 570 will suck down way more power, which isn’t ideal, but a base model RX 570 is still relatively cool and quiet.

If you’re a mad scientist that likes to overclock even gaming chairs, then there is more fun to be had with the 6-pin models and you can get them for as little as $160. In an alternative universe where the GTX 1650 was worth buying then these are the models we’d suggest getting.

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  • GeForce GTX 1660 on Amazon, Newegg
  • GeForce GTX 1660 Ti on Amazon, Newegg
  • GeForce RTX 2060 on Amazon, Newegg
  • GeForce RTX 2080 on Amazon, Newegg

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra 6 GB GDDR6 Graphics Card Unveiled

NVIDIA’s AIB partners are silently adding a new GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card to their inventory known as the GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra. The new graphics card is based on the Turing architecture & features the TU106 core which is one of the reasons it is referred to as the Ultra edition.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra Graphics Card With TU106 GPU Core & 4 GB GDDR6 Memory Spotted

Note — The 6 GB listing could be an error in GALAX’s database as it lists down the GTX 1660 Ultra model. However, the rest of the specifications as listed are different from the GTX 1650 Ultra.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card has seen so many variants that its literally insane just mentioning all of them again. We got to see the original GeForce GTX 1650 with the TU117 GPU, the GeForce GTX 1650 D6 with TU117 GPU, GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER with the TU116 GPU, & we’re now getting a fourth variant, the GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra with TU106 GPU. The GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and the mobility lineup are also made up of various revisions and refreshes but the main focus is here is the desktop GeForce GTX 1650 discrete graphics card.

Coming to the specifications of the graphics card, GALAX (via Momomo_US) has so far been the first to list down the GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra along with its technical specs. The card features the TU106-125 GPU so its making use of the same chip that’s featured on the GeForce RTX 2060 and the GeForce RTX 2070, except, the 125 SKU is cut-down significantly. The GPU houses 896 CUDA cores so that’s a 14 SM unit design. The core clock for the chip is maintained at 1410 MHz base and 1590 MHz boost clock.

The 4 GB memory comes in GDDR6 flavor and is featured along a 128-bit bus interface at 12 Gbps. So that’s a total bandwidth of 192 GB/s which should be enough to keep the card running with further room for memory overclock as the GDDR6 chips tend to overclock to around 14 Gbps with relative ease.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX «Turing» Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 D6 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Rev 2. 0 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GPU Architecture Turing GPU (TU117) Turing GPU (TU117) Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU106) Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU116)
Process 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN
Die Size 200mm2 200mm2 284mm2 445mm2 284mm2 284mm2 284mm2 284mm2
Transistors 4.7 Billion 4.7 Billion 6.6 Billion 10.8 Billion 6.6 Billion 6.6 Billion 6.6 Billion 6.6 Billion
CUDA Cores 896 Cores 896 Cores 896 Cores 896 Cores 1280 Cores 1408 Cores 1408 Cores 1536 Cores
TMUs/ROPs 56/32 56/32 56/32 56/32 80/32 88/48 88/48 96/48
GigaRays N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cache 1. 0 MB L2 Cache 1.0 MB L2 Cache 1.0 MB L2 Cache 1.0 MB L2 Cache 1.0 MB L2 Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache
Base Clock 1485 MHz 1410 MHz 1410 MHz 1410 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1500 MHz
Boost Clock 1665 MHz 1590 MHz 1590 MHz
1635 MHz (OC)
1590 MHz 1725 MHz 1785 MHz 1785 MHz 1770 MHz
Compute 3.0 TFLOPs 3.0 TFLOPs 3.0 TFLOPs 3.0 TFLOPs 4.4 TFLOPs 5.0 TFLOPs 5.0 TFLOPs 5.5 TFLOPs
Memory Up To 4 GB GDDR5 Up To 4 GB GDDR6 Up To 4 GB GDDR6 Up To 4 GB GDDR6 Up To 4 GB GDDR6 Up To 6 GB GDDR5 Up To 6 GB GDDR6 Up To 6 GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 8.00 Gbps 12.00 Gbps 12. 00 Gbps 12.00 Gbps 12.00 Gbps 8.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 12.00 Gbps
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 128 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 336 GB/s 288 GB/s
Power Connectors N/A N/A N/A N/A 6 Pin 8 Pin 8 Pin 8 Pin
TDP 75W 75W 75W 75W 100W 120W 125W 120W
Starting Price $149 US $149 US $149 US $149 US? $159 US $219 US $229 US $279 US
Price (Founders Edition) $149 US $149 US $149 US $149 US? $159 US $219 US $229 US $279 US
Launch April 2019 April 2020 July 2020 June 2020 November 2019 March 2019 October 2019 February 2019

GALAX GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra Graphics Card:

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The GALAX GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra features a single 6-pin power connector to boot. It has a rated TDP of 90W. The card itself features a standard dual fan, dual slot cooling design with a large heat sink block running beneath the shroud. Display outputs include a single DVI, HDMI & Display Port.

base clock 1410

time spy score

— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) June 29, 2020

In terms of performance, TUM_APISAK has already dug up a Time Spy result for the said graphics card and stated that it scores 3700 points which is a 12% increase over the standard GTX 1650 in the same benchmark. Some interesting thoughts about this GPU include its release time frame as its a couple of months prior to the release of the Ampere based GeForce RTX 30 series lineup. The green team won’t be launching a entry-tier or mainstream Ampere product anytime soon but this marks another milestone in the clearance spree that we’ve been seeing for the Turing based entry level GPUs.

We can’t say for sure whether this card will be released worldwide or if it will be kept exclusive to the Asian Pacific market. The GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 SUPER already retail at $149 & $159 US each so if the GTX 1650 Ultra is to enter the market, NVIDIA and its AIB partners would have to adjust its pricing segment of the GTX 1650 (non-SUPER) cards accordingly.

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6% of 1650 is: 99

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9002 1650 is 181. 5



percent of Difference
from 1650 is 33 1617
3% of 1650 is 49.5 1600.5
4% of 1650 is 66 1584
5% of 1650 is 82.5 1567.5
8% of 1650 is 132 1518
9% of 1650 is 148.5 1501.5 10% of 165 1468.5
12% of 1650 is 198 1452
13% of 1650 it is 214.5 1435.5 950 This is 247.5 1402.5
16% of 1650 it is 264 1386

19% of 1650 is 313.5 1336.5
20% of 1650 330 1320
21% of 1650 1287
23% of 1650 is 379.5 1270.5
24% of 1650 396 1254

34% of 1650 is 561 1089
35% of 1650 it is 577.5 1072.5
38% of 1650 is 627 1023
39% of 1650 is 643.5
49% of 1650 it is 808.5 841.5
50% of 1650 825 825
51% of 1650 of 1650 of 1641.5 ,19,9002,19,026 per 1658 of 1658 of 1658 of 1658 of 1658 of 1658 of 1658 of
53% of 1650 is 874. 5 775.5
54% of 1650 is 891 759
55% of 1650 of 1650,0026 726
57% of 1650 is 940.5 709.5
58% of 1650 is 957 693 550 990 660
61% of 1650 is 1006.5 643.5
0026 64% of 1650 is 1056 594
65% of 1650 is 1072.5 577.5
66% of 1689 561 67% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167% of 167%
68% of 1650 is 1122 528
69% of 1650 it is 1138.5 511.5

79% of 1650 is 1303.5 346.5
80% of 1650
83% of 1650 is 1369.5 280.5
84% of 1650 231
87% of 1650 is 1435. 5 214.5
88% of 1650 is 1452 198 950 This is 1485 165
91% of 1650 it is 1501.5 148.5

In the store, the goods cost 1650₽, you were given a 6% discount and you want to understand how much you saved.


Amount Saved = Product Price * Percentage Discount / 100

Amount Saved = (6 * 1650) / 100

Amount Saved = 99₽

In other words, if you buy an item for 1,60002 6% discount, you will pay 1551₽ and save 99₽.

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