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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super Review

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super Review

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super 03The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super is the most affordable card that Nvidia has upgraded with the Super branding – so it should provide a decent performance boost when compared to the GTX 1650 alongside the speed required for smooth 1080p gaming. It starts at $160 in the US and £150 in the UK, so it undercuts its key rival from AMD, and in this review we’ve used the Zotac SUPER Twin Fan product. Can this cheap GPU deliver a gaming bargain? Find out in our Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super review.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super Review – The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super Core

The original GTX 1650 used Nvidia’s Turing TU117 core, which had 4.7 billion transistors. The biggest change on the GTX 1650 Super is a move to the TU116 core. It’s the same GPU used in the GTX 1660 Super and GTX 1660 Ti, and it means that this card now has 6.6 billion transistors – a significant jump.

That leap means that the GTX 1650 Super now has 1,280 stream processors. That’s 384 more than the original GTX 1650, and only 128 short of the GTX 1660 Super. Its reference speeds of 1,530MHz and 1,725MHz are decent – comparable with the rest of Nvidia’s 16-series range. Its TDP of 100W is up from the 75W original card, but it’s still less than the rest of the 16-series products.

The biggest specification issue here is the memory. The affordable GTX 1650 Super only has 4GB of GDDR6, which is a very small amount for gaming in 2020.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super 02There are no Ray-Tracing cores here, either, but that’s not a surprise and not a problem. Only RTX-branded GPUs can handle Ray-Tracing properly, so there’s not enough power here to begin with – and there aren’t many games yet that even offer Ray-Tracing.

The $160/£149 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super squares up against the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT. Both cards are affordable models designed for 1080p gaming and esports, but AMD’s card is slightly more expensive. The cheaper 4GB variant of the AMD card starts at $179 in the US and £170 in the UK. AMD also sells an 8GB version, although that costs $200 in the US and £200 in the UK.

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT has a solid specification. It’s got 1,408 stream processors, game and boost clocks of 1,717MHz and 1,845MHz, and its memory runs at 14Gbps on both the 4GB and 8GB cards. Nvidia’s memory only runs at 12Gbps. The AMD card understandably doesn’t have Ray-Tracing, and its higher TDP of 130W means larger designs and an eight-pin power connector.

Elsewhere, the Turing GPU inside the GTX 1650 Super adheres to the rest of Nvidia’s standards. It supports DirectX 12, Vulkan, OpenGL 4.6 and HDCP 2.2, and it supports Nvidia’s Turing NVENC encoding improvements. However, it doesn’t support USB Type-C and VirtualLink.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super Review – The Zotac Card and Pricing

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super used here comes from Zotac, and it runs at reference speeds. It costs $160 in the US and £150 in the UK, so it’s one of the most affordable GTX 1650 Super cards.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super 04The good thing about the GTX 1650 Super being a low-end GPU is that board partner cards can be tiny. This Zotac model is a prime example: it’s just 165mm long, which makes it half the length of many top-tier GPUs. Combine that with the relatively slim dual-slot design, and it means that this GPU will fit into lots of small form-factor builds.

Zotac isn’t the only board partner to build a tiny card, either: most of the market’s GTX 1650 Super GPUs are very small, and easily smaller than most of the RX 5500 XTs available to buy.

The Zotac card has two 70mm fans and a solid aluminium heatsink, but no RGB LEDs. It has sole HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI connections, which makes it good for legacy monitors but less useful if you want to connect to multiple screens.

It only uses a single six-pin power adapter, so it’ll work with virtually any PSU.

Beyond the Zotac card, prices for the GTX 1650 Super extend to $200 in the US and £175 in the UK. The competing AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT has peak prices of $230 and £220, so it’s consistently a little more expensive.

The GTX 1650 Super does have overclocked versions available, too, although only expect Boost clocks to rise a modest amount – from the reference speed of 1,725MHz to around 1,800MHz.

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Performance

Because this card and its rivals are more affordable graphics options, we’ve run our gaming tests using High settings, not Very High or Ultra – so we can record playable framerates from the majority of our titles. We’ve also included the GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 scores where relevant. The larger graphics in this review show 1080p and 1440p average framerates, while the thumbnail images show minimum framerates at those resolutions.

The GTX 1650 Super is designed for 1080p gaming, and it delivered in benchmarks. At this resolution, its minimum framerates peaked at 73fps. At 1080p, its average framerates ranged between 42fps and 89fps.

It’s enough speed to get most triple-A titles playing at a smooth framerate at decent levels of quality. It also ensures that any esports game will run very well at 1080p, even on screens with 144Hz refresh rates.

However, the GTX 1650 Super couldn’t return a playable minimum in Metro: Exodus – in this game it only managed 23fps. It means that for the toughest titles you may have to make graphical compromises to get games running without slowdown, even at 1080p. Ultra settings are beyond reach for the most demanding games using this card.

The GTX 1650 Super can’t hack 1440p gaming, either. At this tougher resolution it returned minimums of 19fps and 33fps in Metro and Crysis 3. If you want smooth framerates at 1440p, you’re going to have to spend more.

The GTX 1650 Super was usually a little slower than its key rival. In 3D Mark Fire Strike and Time Spy the Nvidia card returned scores of 10,849 and 5,048. However, the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT scored 12,425 and 5,237 in those tests.

The AMD card’s slight advantage translated to slightly better real-world performance. At 1080p, the GTX 1650 Super returned better minimum framerates. However, the Radeon RX 5500 XT was either faster or level in most average framerate tests. The Radeon RX 5500 XT was more dominant at 1440p, too, proving that it is more adept with tougher workloads – so AMD’s card is a better option for the future.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super Review – Conclusion

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super 01Our Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super review demonstrates that there’s plenty to like about this affordable graphics card.

It delivers playable framerates at 1080p in single-player games, and it has the speed to play esports titles at beyond 100fps – handy for high refresh-rate screens. It’s small and low-power, which makes it good for SFF PCs, and it’s cheaper than its rival.

However, the competing AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT isn’t much more expensive if you buy the 4GB model, and it offers a tad more graphical power – it’s what we’d recommend if you have a little more cash. Neither GPU is particularly great at 1440p gaming, but the AMD card’s better results mean that it’ll have more longevity at 1080p.

Despite that, we still think there’s a place for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super. It remains a good 1080p performer, and the low price makes it a good option if you need a gaming card on a tight budget.

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The Good

  • Cheaper than its rivals
  • Solid 1080p and esports performance
  • Small, subtle designs

The Bad

  • Can’t handle Ultra settings
  • Not as quick as other affordable cards
  • Can’t handle 1440p gaming

The Specs

Stream processors: 1,280
Base clock: 1,530MHz
Boost clock: 1,725MHz
Memory: 4GB, 128-bit 12Gbps GDDR6
Connectivity: PCI Express 3.0
Display Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x DVI
Max Resolution: 7,680 x 4,320
TDP: 100W
Power connections: 1 x 6-pin
Supported APIs: DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 2.2, Vulkan 1.1, CUDA 7.5

 

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