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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
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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 Specs:
    Memory Speed 8 Gbps
    Standard Memory Config 4GB GDDR5
    Memory Interface Width 128-bit
    Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 128
    Technology Support:
    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
  • GTX 1650
    GTX 1660
    GTX 1050
    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.

External Impressions

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.

Specification

  • 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
    • Quick guide
    • Driver CD
  • 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.

Internal Impressions

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.

Test Setup

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

We do not get to keep our graphics card. As a result, the comparison is between older drivers and the newer driver at the time.

Futuremark Benchmarks

  • 3DMark: Sky Diver, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Presets
3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your PC and mobile devices in one app. Whether you’re gaming on a smartphone, tablet, notebook, or a desktop gaming PC, 3DMark includes a benchmark designed specifically for your hardware.

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
3DMark 11 is a DirectX 11 video card benchmark test for measuring your PC’s gaming performance. 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of DirectX 11 features including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 consistently and reliably tests your PC’s DirectX 11 performance under game-like loads.

OpenGL Benchmarks: Cinebench 11.5 and Cinebench R15

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.

Game Benchmarks

  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor DX 11 with 3 presets
Fight through Mordor and uncover the truth of the spirit that compels you, discover the origins of the Rings of Power, build your legend and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron in this new chronicle of Middle-earth.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each
Featuring epic, high-octane action moments set in the most beautiful hostile environments on earth, Rise of the Tomb Raider delivers a cinematic survival action adventure where you will join Lara Croft on her first tomb raiding expedition as she seeks to discover the secret of immortality.
  • Hitman (2016) DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each
As Agent 47, you perform contract hits on high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. With the Full Experience, you will have access to all episodes as they release periodically throughout 2016, starting April 2016.
  • DOOM OpenGL 4.5 with 3 presets each
DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat.

Buy game licenses for cheap!

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

OpenCL Benchmarks

  • 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

Extreme Preset


3DMark Benchmarks

Sky Diver

Fire Strike

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.

Cinebench 11.5

Cinebench R15

Shadow of Mordor

The RX 480 has a significant enough advantage over the GTX 1650.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Hitman (2016)

DOOM

Presets List

Medium High Ultra
Lights Quality Medium High Ultra
Shadows Quality Medium High Ultra
Player Self Shadow Off On On
Directional Occlusion Quality Medium High High
Decal Quality Medium High Ultra
Decal Filtering 2x 4x 8x
Virtual Texturing Page Size Medium High Ultra
Reflections Quality Medium High Ultra
Particles Quality Medium High Ultra
Compute Shaders Off On On
Motion Blur Quality Medium High Ultra
Depth of Field Off On On
Depth of Field Antialiasing Off On On
HDR Bloom Off On On
Lens Flare Off On On
Lens Dirt Off On On
Rendering Mode Default Default Default
Sharpening Amount 2.0 2.0 2.0
Film Grain 1.0 1.0 1.0
UI Opacity 70% 70% 70%
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.

Computational Benchmarks

Bitcoin Mining

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

LuxMark OpenCL

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.

GPU-Z Screenshots

Utility Overview

 

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.

3DMark Benchmark

Game Benchmarks- DX 12/OpenGL 4.5 Highest presets

Despite the 100MHz increase reflecting in its stock speed, the performance boost is insignificant.

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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