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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
NVIDIA is on the mainstream war path in early 2019. Having already extended the reach of its Turing architecture with the launch of the GeForce RTX 2060, GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1660, the graphics giant is now taking the next step with the arrival of the sub-£150 GeForce GTX 1650.
Marking the debut of the purpose-built TU117 die, this 'baby Turing' chip is tasked with bringing the goodness of NVIDIA's latest-generation GPUs to a mainstream audience seeking 1080p gaming credentials at an affordable price.
|Mainstream GeForce GTX|
|GPU||GTX 1660 Ti||GTX 1660||GTX 1650||GTX 1060||GTX 1050 Ti|
|Launch date||Feb 2019||Mar 2019||April 2019||May 2016||October 2016|
|Die Size (mm²)||284||284||200||200||132|
|Base Clock (MHz)||1,500||1,530||1,485||1,506||1,290|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1,770||1,785||1,665||1,708||1,392|
|L2 cache (KB)||1,536||1,536||1,024||1,536||1,024|
Perusing the specification tables reveals that this is a severely cut-down offering, with NVIDIA chopping the number of shaders to just 896, while peak frequency chimes in at 1,665MHz. This is the leanest Turing offering to date, and it is similarly frugal on the back end, where a 128-bit bus leads to a modest 4GB GDDR5 frame buffer operating at a standard 8Gbps.
The resulting 2,984 GFLOPS of compute power remains a significant step-up from 2016's similarly priced GTX 1050 Ti, but on the other hand GTX 1650 is a marked step-down from the next card on the ladder, GTX 1660. The $70 price premium avails a 66 per cent increase in shading performance, 50 per cent larger frame buffer and 50 per cent extra memory bandwidth.
There's also a question mark over the GTX 1650's ability to stave off competition from the rival Radeon RX 570, but NVIDIA's typically superior efficiency makes the GeForce a noteworthy option for budget systems. Partner cards ought to be small in stature, making them a fine choice for compact PCs, and the 75W TDP is such that basic boards can be run without the need for any additional power cables.
The Turing architecture has now been manipulated to create a top-to-bottom graphics portfolio. At the lower-end of the scale, you could argue that GTX 1650 has been specifically designed to offer 1080p gameplay at 60 frames per second in an efficient 75W package. Benchmark results from leading review sites suggest it does exactly that.
It is interesting to see the GTX 1650 slot in behind its older rival, the Radeon RX 570, and as expected, the performance gap between GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 is as much as 40 per cent.
GeForce GTX 1650 is by no means the most exciting of NVIDIA's recent graphics card launches, but it is the first to make available the latest-generation Turing architecture for less than £150. Offering capable 1080p gameplay credentials in a small, power efficient package, it is worth a look if you're upgrading an ageing machine or hoping to take your first steps into the world of PC gaming.
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