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GeForce GTX 1650 Super in the test: Faster than a GTX 1060, but only with 4 GB of memory

tl; dr:Nvidia's entry-level Turing GeForce GTX 1650 is significantly faster. The new GeForce GTX 1650 Super is ready for the Radeon RX 5500, but it is still a long time coming. The Super is currently without competition. However, there is one weak point: The memory is only 4 GB.

The GeForce GTX 1650 (test) was Nvidia's entry-level model in the world of Turing graphics cards without ray tracing and AI acceleration since May 2019. However, the TU117 GPU did not provide too much power; the Radeon RX 570 with Polaris, which was also competitively priced, worked a good bit faster. However, the Nvidia wasn't a thorn in the side.

But now that AMD will shortly be releasing the Radeon RX 5500 based on RDNA not only a new, but also an even stronger competition, Nvidia is releasing the entry-level model with significantly more performance. The GeForce GTX 1650 Super is supposed to take the wind out of the sails of the Radeon RX 5500 before the start.

The GeForce GTX 1650 Super gets the GPU of the GTX 1660

Because more raw performance was not possible with the already fully activated TU117, and the relatively small chip would hardly have benefited from more memory bandwidth, Nvidia uses the larger TU116 on the GeForce GTX 1650 Super, which is otherwise on the equally new GeForce GTX 1660 Super takes care of the computing power. In addition, Nvidia increases the clock rates and instead of GDDR5, much faster GDDR6 memory is installed. This means that the GeForce GTX 1650 Super is significantly closer to the GeForce GTX 1660 than to the GeForce GTX 1650.

In the test: The MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming X

In order to check what the new graphics card can really do, the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming X has come to the editorial office for a test. The new Turing model has to prove in Borderlands 3 and Fortnite, among other things, how great the progress is in practice.

The TU116 is clearly trimmed

The GeForce GTX 1650 Super is also based on the TU116, which weighs 6.6 billion transistors. Of the available 1,536 shader units (24 SM) only their 1,280 (20 SM) are activated. Apart from that, there are even bigger differences to the model one level higher in the food chain, so that the GeForce GTX 1660 series will continue to have the edge.

Nvidia has deactivated a memory controller in the GeForce GTX 1650 Super. This means that the super model has a 128-bit wide interface, even though the GPU actually offers 192 bits. This also automatically reduces the memory expansion to 4,096 MB. In contrast, the memory type and memory clock remain the same. The frequency of the GDDR6 memory is 6,000 MHz.

The extra power requires a PCIe power connection

Nvidia specifies a base clock of 1,530 MHz and an average turbo of 1,725 ​​MHz for the GeForce GTX 1650 Super. The graphics card can accept a maximum of 100 watts for this, which is why there will be at least one six-pin power connector on each model. The GeForce GTX 1650 was satisfied with 75 watts.

The GTX 1650 Super is basically a GTX 1060 with Turing instead of Pascal

If you compare the specifications of the GeForce GTX 1650 Super with those of the GeForce GTX 1060, you will quickly see that both graphics cards are very similar, because both have 1,280 ALUs and, despite a differently configured memory interface, the same memory bandwidth. The only real difference is the 2 GB larger memory of the GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB (there are also variants with 3 GB), but this has no influence on the performance as long as it is not running out. If the maximum power consumption were the same - the GeForce GTX 1650 Super has to be content with 100 watts and thus 20 watts less - this would be a duel between Turing and Pascal. Because the different architecture is by far the biggest difference between the two models.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming X in detail

MSI offers several models of the new graphics card in its own portfolio and the GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming X is the highest level of expansion. This can be seen quickly from the cooling system alone, because it comes in the well-known, high-quality Twin Frozr design. Accordingly, the graphics card is also a bit more expensive than the simpler variants. Retailers currently charge 213 euros, the cheapest from MSI and other manufacturers is available from 170 euros - with two exceptions, however, these are only listings.

For an entry-level graphics card, the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming OC is quite long at just under 25 cm. The PCB including the 3 + 1 voltage converter circuits is not the reason for this, the PCB still offers a lot of free space. The installed Twin Frozr 7 cooler now needs its space, even if it is only a small expansion stage.

The dual-slot cooler occupies the entire front of the graphics card and is also quite high at 12.5 cm. This leaves enough space for a single, fairly large aluminum heat sink. A copper cooling block is placed directly above the TU116 GPU. Three copper heat pipes with a diameter of up to 6 mm ensure additional heat dissipation. There is also a backplate.

The fans are switched off on the Windows desktop

Two axial fans with a diameter of 85 mm are responsible for the fresh air on the GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming OC. At temperatures of less than 60 degrees Celsius, such as on the Windows desktop, these switch off for silent operation. The graphics card offers rudimentary RGB lighting.

The overclocking is minimal

MSI overclocked the graphics card minimally; the base frequency of 1,530 MHz is even as high as Nvidia's reference value. However, the average Turbo is 30 MHz higher at 1,755 MHz. The maximum power consumption, however, is again identical to 100 watts - a maximum of 110 watts can be set. The 4 GB GDDR6 memory works with the normal 6,000 MHz. Monitors can be operated on three DisplayPort 1.4 or one HDMI 2.0b connection.

The system integrator Mifcom loaned the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X and the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X to ComputerBase for this test. Otherwise, the editors no longer had the two models required for a meaningful comparison.

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