NVIDIA’s Geforce 16 series cards have started getting official announcements after being rumored for a long time. While the RTX series was primarily aimed at the higher end of the budget segment and above, it seems like the 16 series is targeting the mid-range segment. Just a few days ago, Nvidia launched the 1660 Ti. The card brings 1070 level performance at the price of a 1060. What the Turing series is still lacking is extreme budget segment cards. However, it seems like that they will be released pretty soon as well, as per leaks.
GTX 1650 – 1050 (Ti)’s successor?
As Wccftech reports, Nvidia is readying up “The GeForce GTX 1650, one of the GeForce 16 series cards to be introduced soon. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 will be targeting the budget and low-tier segment with a price of $179 US”. This is really a crucial segment which Nvidia is targeting. Most of the budget buyers look for a GPU under 200$, so this might turn out to be pretty important from Nvidia’s perspective. The latest leak, also reveals a number of stuff about the upcoming card’s specifications.
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As TUM APISAK tweets, the 1650 will feature 4GB of DDR5 RAM operating “across a 128-bit wide bus interface at speeds of 8 Gbps”. That means a total bandwith of 128 Gb/s as compared to the 1050’s 112 GB/s. As far as the clock speeds are concerned, the card operates at 1395/1560 Mhz. Wccftech further adds that the card might use TU107 instead of TU117 architecture, but that’s unconfirmed. Keep in mind these are the numbers for the laptop version of the card. So the clock speeds of the desktop versions might differ.
The number of CUDA cores are still unknown, so it’s hard to comment on the performance of the card. However, prima facie it seems like the card will target the 1060. That’s owing to two reasons. First, is that Nvidia is yet to launch a card that’ll replace the 1060 in terms of performance. Secondly, the card is priced significantly more than the 1050 Ti. So, atleast 1060 level performance is expected. However, a 1660 is on the cards as well. While that doesn’t mean the 1660 will target the 1060, it still raises some questions.
That being said, the 1660 might even be placed between the 1060 and 1070 in terms of performance. Keeping the ifs and buts aside, the 1650 might turn out to be a game changer for Nvidia if it’s sweetly priced. The card is slated for an end April launch, so let’s hope for the very best.