NVIDIA GTX 1650 is the latest graphics card from the green team for low-end gamers, which is released as a replacement for the GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti. It comes at a similar price while offering much better performance than both of these 10-series graphics cards. The graphics card received a lot of critics from people, as it was supposed to be a competitor of GTX 1060. Still, it is a great product for those people who want a graphics card which would provide stable frame rates at 1080p resolution. This graphics card, however, cannot provide smooth frame rates in latest AAA titles with ultra settings.
As for the architecture of the graphics card is concerned, it offers 896 shader processing units along with 56 Texture Mapping Units and 32 Render Output Units. Moreover, it is equipped with 4GB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit memory bus and 2000 MHz memory clock. Speaking of clocks, the base clock of the graphics card is fixed at 1485 MHz while the boost clock reaches 1665 MHz. The real world clock rates of the graphics card, however, will be close to 1700 MHz mark due to GPU Boost. In this article, we will witness some of the best variants of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 you can buy in 2019.
1. MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1650
Our Rating: 9.7/10
- High core clocks out of the box
- Best looking GTX 1650
- Twin Frozr VII cooling solution offers silent operation
- A bit pricey for a GTX 1650
- No front RGB like the high-end Gaming X models
Boost Core Clock: 1860 MHz | GPU Cores: 896 | Memory: 4GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2000 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 128 GB/s | Length: 9.8 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 75W
MSI is one of the top end vendors of the graphics card and their latest releases are really astonishing. MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1650 is one of the most beautiful-looking variants of the GTX 1650, with a similar design to the high-end RTX models like RTX 2070, although this model does not provide the RGB lighting on the front like those graphics cards. The graphics card offers a pleasant black and silver-color fan shroud along with the latest MSI TORX 3.0 fans. These fans do wonders in terms of acoustic levels and no doubt these are one of the best fans among all the variants of the GTX 1650.
The boost core clock of the graphics card is raised up to 12% from the reference edition, which provides a sweet boost to the performance. The overclocking went unexpectedly great and we saw core clocks as high as 2050 MHz while the memory overclocking was also quite an improvement with effective clock rates of 9300MHz. The temperature levels of the graphics card were close to the 65C mark, which is perfect in terms of cooling performance.
Overall, this graphics card is one of the best variants of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and provides great temperatures along with almost inaudible acoustic levels, however, it is priced higher than most of the other variants and one can buy a GTX 1660 by adding a dozen of bucks to the budget.
2. EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 XC Ultra Black Gaming
Our Rating: 9.5/10
- Comes with an all-metal black plate
- Offers a hefty tri-slot cooler
- EVGA's latest fans are a huge improvement over the previous gen
- This tri-slot graphics card might not fit in many cases
- The boost clock rates are same as reference edition
Boost Core Clock: 1665 MHz | GPU Cores: 896 | Memory: 4GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2000 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 128 GB/s | Length: 7.96 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: No | Graphics Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 75W
EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 XC Ultra Black Gaming is one of two flagship variants of the GTX 1650 by EVGA. The graphics card hosts two EVGA fans in close proximity and these fans are a big improvement from the fans used in 10-series EVGA graphics cards. The fan shroud of the graphics card is very minimal and provides holes for improved cooling. The graphics card features a tri-slot cooling solution, which we believe is a bit overkill for a 75-watt graphics card and EVGA has gone straight from the slim-profile graphics cards to extremely fat ones. The graphics card provides a well-crafted all-metal back-plate which provides protection to it from the rear end.
The black editions of the EVGA lineup are not factory overclocked, which is why this graphics card features 1665 MHz boost core clock. This is great for people who prefer a long life instead of a few additional frames per second. The overclocking of the graphics card went very successful, with clock rates roaming in between 2000 MHz and 2050 MHz. The temperature levels of the graphics card were quite close to the MSI Gaming X variant, although this could have been better if EVGA would have used an aluminum-fin based heat-sink.
Overall, the graphics capabilities of this graphics card are quite similar to the Gaming X model and we recommend this graphics card over the MSI Gaming X only if you prefer lower price over better looks.
3. ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC
Our Rating: 9.2/10
- Comes at the MSRP
- Offers a DVI connector
- No additional power connector required
- Overclocking yields no benefit
- The overall design of the graphics card feels abysmal
Boost Core Clock: 1695 MHz | GPU Cores: 896 | Memory: 4GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2000 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 128 GB/s | Length: 5.94 Inches | No. of Fans: 1 | RGB Lighting: No | Graphics Outputs: 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: N/A | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 75W
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC is one of those graphics cards that Zotac has released for gamers with small cases. The graphics card can be installed in most of the cases and the fan shroud of the graphics card is only slightly ahead of the PCIe slot connection. It offers a single fan for the cooling along with a small heat-sink, which is called sunflower heatsink by Zotac. A great perk of this graphics card is that it provides a Dual-Link DVI-port, which is a piece of good news for people who own a screen which does not offer an HDMI or DP-port.
The core clocks of this graphics card are somewhat better than those of the reference edition graphics card, although it cannot be pushed very further due to 75-watt power limit of the board. Due to this limitation, the temperature levels of the graphics card are also very cool at around 60-degrees. The overclocking yields around 100-125 MHz gain but the real-time performance difference is very low because of the graphics card power limitation.
We recommend this graphics card if you own a small case, where there is not enough space for a bulky graphics card. Moreover, you can also consider this graphics card if you are short on budget and want the cheapest of the variants of GTX 1650 or own a monitor offering only a DVI port.
4. ASUS Dual GeForce GTX 1650 Overclocked
Our Rating: 9.1/10
- Open design provides improved cooling
- Comes with GPU Tweak 2
- Pricier for such a lame design
- GPU shroud feels cheap
Boost Core Clock: 1725 MHz | GPU Cores: 896 | Memory: 4GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2000 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 128 GB/s | Length: 8.04 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: No | Graphics Outputs: 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: N/A | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 75W
ASUS is one of the most famous brands among the graphics cards, however, the Asus Dual GTX 1650 is not much of an extreme level graphics card. The graphics card features a plain design, with the front shroud not totally covering the PCB which aids in the airflow. There are two white stripes on the fan shroud, which is the signature of the Asus Dual-Fan models. There are two dust-resistant fans used in this graphics card which are also very quiet in operation.
This graphics card, too, uses a sunflower-like heat-sink, which does not contain any heat-pipe. The temperature levels of the graphics card are really low, as the graphics card does not provide any additional power connector and has the 75-watt board limit.
We believe that this variant of the GTX 1650 is not the best of the variants but provides a balanced perspective between looks, performance, and cooling solution. Ultimately, the best choice for mediocre people.
5. GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 Mini ITX OC
Our Rating: 9.0/10
- One of the smallest GTX 1650
- The Aorus Utility provides great controls
- There is no back-plate on the graphics card
- The graphics card is noisier than other editions
- Cannot be overclocked much due to absence of additional power
Boost Core Clock: 1860 MHz | GPU Cores: 896 | Memory: 4GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2000 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 128 GB/s | Length: 5.98 Inches | No. of Fans: 1 | RGB Lighting: No | Graphics Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: N/A | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 75W
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 Mini ITX OC is the graphics card by Gigabyte which is targeted towards people who own mini-ITX cases. There is a fair improvement in the design of the graphics card from the previous generation ITX variants, who used an orange-color theme. The fan of this graphics card is quite unique and offers improved airflow over the standard fans. The fan shroud of the graphics card provides a black-color theme along with some white portion, which provides a good look overall. With the Aorus Utility, the parameters of the graphics card can be easily controlled and the GUI of the software feels very nice too.
The heat-sink of the graphics card is somewhat better than that of the Zotac variant, as it is a bit thicker and denser. This enables the graphics card to operate at temperatures within the 60-degree mark most of the time, although do not expect any performance boost over the stock settings of the graphics card, as it barely holds the factory overclocked core clocks due to power limit. The fan of the graphics card is a bit noisier than other variants, as a single fan has to do more work to get similar temperature levels.
We believe that this variant of GTX 1650 is a great alternative to the Zotac Gaming edition, with a similar price tag and cooling performance and provides better looks with compromise on the DVI port.
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