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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4G Graphics Card Review

  1. About the GTX 1650..
  2. About the GIGABYTE GTX 1650 OC 4GB…
  3. How its tested
  4. Futuremark Benchmark
  5. OpenGL Benchmarks
  6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  8. Hitman
  9. DOOM
  10. GPU Computation Benchmark
  11. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  12. SuperPosition Benchmark
  13. Power Draw and Fan Noise Levels
  14. GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
  15. Conclusion
  16. Online Purchase Links
  17. View All

Pricing situation

The GTX 1650 4G does suceed GTX 1050 Ti 4G brilliantly. But it also competes with AMD RX 570 4G as a 1080p performer.

Cheapest RX 570

India US UK
Rs 14,199/- $129.99 £124.99

GIGABYTE GTX 1650 4G

India US UK
Rs. 14,899/- $159.99 £147.99

Depending on where you’re buying from, the RX 570 4G and 8G looks like a good value for money. In some, and if the power supply is not an issue, the GTX 1650 4G makes sense.It doesn’t exactly put NVIDIA in a good light since its 1080p entry-level Turing card is competing with an aged AMD Radeon architecture. With RX 570 8G variant, the performance variation is more in AMD’s advantage. While NVIDIA dominates mid-to-high end discrete graphics category, its a different story with its entry-level variations. That might explain its ultra-low-profile launch (except from the AIC partners).

Why no Turing-based NVENC encoding???

The GTX 1660 or the RX 580 8G makes more sense than the higher boost clock GTX 1650 variants. The GTX 1660 has Turing-based NVENC encoder hardware, ideal for streamers as OBS and other streaming platforms utilize. I can image streamers with 6th generation Intel CPUs and GTX 660/GTX 660 Ti making the jump with the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti.

The intended market…

Thanks to GTX 1650’s non-requirement of any additional power connector, it can easily work with entry-level 400w power supplies. This graphics card should be succeeding GTX 1050Ti 4G in both power consumption and performance, while providing competition to AMD Radeon RX 570 4G. Regardless, it doesn’t help when the cheapest GTX `1650 is $US 150 from ZOTAC and GIGABYTE. The GTX 1650 OC 4G costs US$ 10 more. The cheapest RX 570 4G costs US$ 130. But it needs additional power from an 8-pin PCIe power connector.

A single user might not really be bothered with power consumption as long as it can provide the best possible performance. But with multiple systems running most of the time of the day and depending on your electricity bill metering, you might see how GeForce GTX 1650 4G might be a choice. The downside here is that NVIDIA doesn’t play well with price cuts. Many GTX 1650 variants should be US$ 100 when you look at the current offerings with RX 570 4G and 5G and the GTX 1660. Being a GTX 1050 Ti isn’t enough.

About the card…

If I wear a horse blind and compare this card with the GTX 1050Ti variants, it is a power-draw-to-performance successor. I would have preferred if GIGABYTE managed to provide dual-link DVI-D on the base model mini ITX and OC sub-variants. But here we are. The GPU cooler is effective but much cant be said about the Windows OC and the Gaming OC variants since it draws power from its the six-pin PCIe connectors.

  • No requirement for additional power
  • Great entry-to-mid level 1080p performer with no additional power draw
  • Temperature controlled fans
  • Ultra 1080p gaming performance falls behind some games.
  • Volta-based NVENC encoder
  • Better price-per-performance/feature options available with both AMD (RX 570 8G) and NVIDIA (GTX 1660).

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