- About the GTX 1650..
- About the GIGABYTE GTX 1650 OC 4GB…
- How its tested
- Futuremark Benchmark
- OpenGL Benchmarks
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- GPU Computation Benchmark
- Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
- SuperPosition Benchmark
- Power Draw and Fan Noise Levels
- GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
- Online Purchase Links
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Disclosure: This GeForce GTX 1650 4G OC is loaned by Gigabyte.
The strange and confusing affair with NVIDIA’s PR…
The embargo for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 was lifted a couple of days ago. But none of the tech media or its AIC’s PRs had the updated driver to work with the graphics card. Usually, the tech media get the graphics card and the drivers before the launch. It wasn’t the case with the GTX 1650. It is unfortunate, but NVIDIA did not give the access driver access to anybody until the time of launch. Having reviews out at the time of lifting embargos are important because that’s when review sites can get the relevant content on time. Its also when people are hyped towards making an upgrade.
This time, NVIDIA decided not to have any drivers available. This shares the same concern When NVIDIA launched the RTX series whose review embargos was scheduled well after its retail availability. The initial days of RTX were frozen cold because of lack of RTX games and pricing placement for the RTX 2080 Ti.
Disclosure: I have written about a newspaper article write being contracted or employed by Nvidia for promotional purpose without any disclosure. Readers should be aware and exercise caution from whom and where they take advice and information.
I do have the Gigabyte GTX 1650 4G OC to review.
Reference Card Specifications
GPU Engine Specs:
NVIDIA CUDA Cores 896 Giga Rays/s NA Base Clock (MHz) 1485 Boost Clock (MHz) 1665
Memory Speed 8 Gbps Standard Memory Config 4GB GDDR5 Memory Interface Width 128-bit Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 128
Real-Time Ray Tracing No NVIDIA GeForce Experience Yes NVIDIA® Ansel Yes NVIDIA® Highlights Yes NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Compatible Yes Game Ready Drivers Yes Microsoft® DirectX® 12 API, Vulkan API, OpenGL 4.6 Yes DisplayPort 1.4a, HDMI 2.0b Yes HDCP 2.2 Yes NVIDIA® GPU Boost™ Yes VR Ready No Designed for USB Type-C™ and VirtualLink™(4) No NVIDIA Encoder (NVENC) Yes (Volta)Display Support: Maximum Digital Resolution( 7680×4320@120Hz Standard Display Connectors HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI-D Multi-Monitor Yes HDCP Yes
Graphics Card Dimensions:
Height 4.37″ Length 5.1″ Width 2-Slot
Thermal and Power Specs:
Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 92 Graphics Card Power (W) 75 Recommended System Power (W) 300W Supplementary Power Connectors None
CUDA Cores 896 1408 640 ROPs 32 48 32 Core Clock 1485 MHz 1530 MHz 1354MHz Boost Clock 1665 MHz 1785 MHz 1455MHz Memory Clock 8Gbps GDDR5 8Gbps GDDR5 7Gbps GDDR5 Memory Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit 128-bit VRAM 4GB 6GB 2GB Single Precision Perf. 3 TFLOPS 5 TFLOPS 1.9 TFLOPS TDP 75W 120W 75W GPU TU117 TU116 GP107 Transistor Count 4.7B 6.6B 3.3B Architecture Turing Turing Pascal
The story with the GTX 16-series so far…
NVIDIA released the entry-level 1080p performance GeForce GTX 1650 based on the Turing architecture. Turing architectures are manufactured by TSMC based on 14nm FFN process. The GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti rolled out well after RTX card line ups. These cards used the TU116 core. The GTX-16 series do not have RT Cores (Ray Tracing) and Tensor cores. These are meant to fill the space below the RTX 20 series cards and succeed the GTX 10 series based on the Pascal architecture. Very recently, Nvidia rolled out updates which enable some level of Ray-Tracing on GTX graphics cards. Skipping Turing NVENC encoder for Volta NVENC encoder is another strange move.
Reduced specs. Reduced power draw.
The GeForce GTX 1650 used the smaller TU116 cores. The card succeeds the GTX 1050 and stays below the RTX 1660. Naturally, there are reduced cores, ROPS, VRAM, memory bandwidth. But it also keeps well under 75-watt editions, maybe with some variants having 6-pin PCIe for much higher factory overclocked GTX 1650 variants.
About the GIGABYTE GTX 1650 OC 4GB…
Typical with NVIDIA, the base level models do not have any reference edition designs. Every AIC have its own variants with the combination of stock or factory overclocked SKUs.
The Gigabyte GTX 1650 OC 4GB is one of GTX 1650 variants it offers. While the base clock is the same as the reference spec, the boost clock has a minuscule 45 MHz bump. As expected, this is an entry-level graphics card, with a larger fan shroud with aluminum heatsink within the GPU.
Entry-level card. Entry-level contents
In all honesty, there’s really nothing to include with entry-level graphics cards. It would be nice if it included an HDMI-to-dual-link DVI-D adapter since the card supports it and the entry-level users typically have 60-70Hz 1080p monitors with HDMI and DVI inputs.
The GTX 1650 OC 4G is 5.66 inches long, 3.54 inch in width. The dual fan shroud overlaps the PCB, at 7.48″ length and a bit under 3.93 inches.
The Gigabyte GTX 1650 OC 4GB is a dual-slot card, as mentioned in its reference specification reference. Despite the DVI-D support, there is no dual-link DVI-D port in this. If you look at its intended competition,Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 OC 4GB GDDR5, it has the output. Entry-level monitors usually have a single DVI-D and a single HDMI port. While this isn’t really a big deal, some of its variants from ZOTAC and ASUS provides them.
Although these 75mm fans are marketed as ‘Windforce’ fans, this is the GTX 1650 4G OC, while its slightly upper brother is its Windforce OC 4G with 1785 boost clock speed and takes power from a 6-pin PCIe connector. Gigabyte’s highest spec is its Gaming OC with the boost clock speed at 1815MHz. This is the only variant with the backplate and two copper heatpipes.
Graphics Processing GeForce® GTX 1650 Core Clock (Boost) 1710 MHz (Reference card is 1665 MHz) CUDA Cores 896 Memory Clock 8002 MHz Memory Size 4 GB Memory Type GDDR5 Memory Bus 128 bit Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 128 GB/s Card Bus PCI-E 3.0 x 16 Digital max resolution 7680×4320@60Hz Multi-view 3 Card size L=191 W=112 H=36 mm PCB Form ATX DirectX 12 OpenGL 4.5 Recommended PSU 300W Power Connectors N/A Output
- DisplayPort 1.4 *1
- HDMI 2.0b *2
SLI support No Accessories
Reference OC Profile 1485/ 1665 MHz 1485/1710 MHz
About factory OC spec listings…
Usually, OC labeled graphics cards have both stock and boost speed factory overclocked. That’s not the case with this GPU. And for that reason (probably), the base clock wasn’t mentioned in its specs. Strange.
All you have to do is pop out four spring-loaded screws and you’re good to go! Only a single connector is on the PCB.
This card’s core is labelled as TU117-300-A1. It is accompanied with the Micron 8NB77-D9VVR 4x 1GB GDDR5 chips.
GPU Cooler Design
After removing four screws on the sides, you can dismantle the shroud from the heatsink.
This is a single aluminum block with no heatspreaders. The upper GTX 1650 units with a higher boost clock speed and a 6-pin aux connector have aluminum sinks with two copper heatpipes. This GPU cooler has two POWERLOGIC POWERLOGIC PLD08010S12H 75mm ball-bearing fans in it.
Hardware BBQ gets very minimum support from hardware manufacturers since we have a no-strings-attached policy. But thanks to a handful of companies who value the importance and benefits of providing components for the test bench, we do what we’re good at with the resources at hand. I would like to thank:
- Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT Rev 1.0 motherboard
- WD India for providing 4x WD Red 3TB NAS drives
- Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
|Test Setup for:||GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4G|
|CPU+ CPU Cooler||Intel i7 4790K + Noctua NH-U12S|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT Motherboard|
|Memory||Kingston 16 GB 1600 MHz DDRIII|
|Primary OS drive||SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD + WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX|
|Power Supply||Corsair TX750|
|Chassis||Lian Li A70F Full Tower PC Case|
Driver Version: 430.39 WHQL
- 3DMark: Sky Diver, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Presets
With more tests coming soon, we’ve given 3DMark a new interface that’s faster, more flexible and easier to use. What’s more, you can now get faster downloads and save storage space by choosing to install only the tests you need.
- 3DMark 11: Xtreme Preset
OpenGL Benchmarks: Cinebench 11.5 and Cinebench R15
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor DX 11 with 3 presets
- Rise of the Tomb Raider DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each
- Hitman (2016) DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each
- DOOM OpenGL 4.5 with 3 presets each
For measuring GPU computation, I’ve included Compubench benchmark workloads.
- Face Detection and TV-L1 Optical Flow Test
- Ocean Surface Simulation Test
- Particle Simulation-64K Test
- Computation Benchmark- Graphics and Video Composition
- Bitcoin Mining
- Folding at Home Benchmark
- LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
Super Position Benchmark
- 1080p Extreme
- 4K Optimized
Power Draw Test: Test using kill-a-watt
Fan Noise Level Test: Calculated by subtracting ambient noise
3DMark 11 Benchmark
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
With 3DMark 11 Extreme benchmarks and 3DMark’s Sky Diver, the performance level stays before the Radeon RX 480. As for performance load, the gap is closer towards GTX 1060 6G, staying below some variants of the 1050 Ti.
Shadow of Mordor
The RX 480 has a significant enough advantage over the GTX 1650.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
|Player Self Shadow||Off||On||On|
|Directional Occlusion Quality||Medium||High||High|
|Virtual Texturing Page Size||Medium||High||Ultra|
|Motion Blur Quality||Medium||High||Ultra|
|Depth of Field||Off||On||On|
|Depth of Field Antialiasing||Off||On||On|
|Show Performance Metrics||Off||Off||Off|
The GTX 1650 4G does seem to have a better OpenGL 4.5 performance to compete just below the GTX 1060 6G.
Even in these tests, there is a performance bump closer towards GTX 1060 6G. While it’s unlikely this card will be used for any of these workloads, the difference in performance based on the architecture is clear.
Folding @ Home
Unigene SuperPosition Benchmark
Fan Noise Levels
Within its power draw of 75-watts, one might be curious to know about its overclocking capacity.
Clock Speed Comparison
|Reference||OC Profile||Manual OC|
|1485/ 1665 MHz||1485/1710 MHz||1585/1810 MHz|
I’ve increased its base clock speed to 100MHz to see if there any additional performance advantage for gaming.
The GTX 1650 OC 4G works with 1.60 AORUS engine. Since there are no fancy LED lights, the utility’s function includes overclocking, BIOS and driver update and GPU monitoring. Its a little annoying to see voltage input setting set as “percentage”. You wouldn’t know until you apply the settings and look at its monitoring graphs.
There were some occasions when AORUS engine crashed for no reason. This was usually at the time when you switch between profiles and when you use the auto-scan feature. While utilities do get updates in time with newer fixes, this happens with the GTX 1650 OC 4G with this driver.
Fan Speed and Temperature Observation
The GTX 1650 4G OC has temperature triggering fan speed controllers, where its dual 75mm fans keep itself turned off until the core temperature crosses 56 degrees celsius, starting at 187 RPM. The AORUS engine does have an active fan and semi-passive fan controller toggle, but you can always manually override and set the fan speed.
With no overclocks, the GTX 1650 OC 4G stays cool at 58 degrees celcius at 32c ambient with closed case conditions with its auto fan setting. This GTX 1650 has nothing more than an aluminum block with 2 fans to cool, which is enough for this 1080p entry-level performer.
Game Benchmarks- DX 12/OpenGL 4.5 Highest presets
Despite the 100MHz increase reflecting in its stock speed, the performance boost is insignificant.
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
GIGABYTE GTX 1650 4G
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).
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) April 26, 2019