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Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 Super Review: How does it stack up?

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The graphics card is usually the most expensive component of any gaming build. In a budget build, it becomes a given that the chosen GPU needs to eke out every last bit of performance it can, while not breaking the bank. Nvidia has launched their newest budget offering in the GTX line-up: The GTX 1650 Super. Coming in around the 15,000 INR mark – the card has the potential to hit the sweet spot between price and performance. Read our Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 Super full review to see if it does!

Key Specifications

First things first, let’s look at the GTX 1650 Super’s impressive numbers.

ArchitectureTU116
Process12 nm
CUDA Cores1280
Base Clock1530 Mhz
Boost Clock1725 Mhz
TeraFLOPS4.42
VRAM4 GB GDDR6
VRAM Speed12 GT/s
Bus Width128-bit
Bus Bandwidth192 GB/s
TDP100 Watts

Looking at the numbers, the GTX 1650 Super takes a considerable leap from the vanilla GTX 1650. The Super pulls a 42% lead on the standard 1650 in terms of core count. It also has an impressive 50% more bandwidth thanks to the 12 Gbps GDDR6 implementation.

One concern I’d like to point out is the VRAM – it’s still 4 GB. A lot of AAA titles now pull over 4 GBs of VRAM during gameplay. This is where the GTX 1650 Super loses most of its performance to the GTX 1660.

Benchmarks

Our GPU test system comprises of an i9 9900K (no overclock) and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM at 3200 Ghz. These specs make sure that there is no bottleneck possible except for the GPU.

GeForce GTX 1650 Super
Just Cause 4 – 1080P – Very High Settings
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1080P - Very High Settings FPS Graph nvidia
Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 1080P – Very High Settings
Rainbow Six Siege - 1080P - Ultra Settings FPS Graph for nvidia geforce gtx 1650 super review
Rainbow Six Siege – 1080P – Ultra Settings

As we can see here, the GTX 1650 Super really punches above its weight class. Finishing in the top 3 against many of its competitors from both the Nvidia and AMD camps means that this card packs quite a punch for its price.

Overclocking

With a budget GPU, overclocking can really help it shine and close the gap (sometimes, even surpass!) the next best thing. The easy way to do this is to buy a factory overclocked card. All the major GPU manufacturers such as MSI, Asus, and others, release factory overclocked cards. But more often than not, these overclocks are a little too conservative, and may not unlock the GPU’s full overclocking potential.

We used MSI’s Gaming X variant of the GTX 1650 Super to run our overclocking tests. For perspective, at idle in an 18 degree Celsius room, the Gaming X posted a temperature of 59 degrees and a fan speed of 1000 RPM. Under these ambient conditions, the base clock speed was in the early 1800s Mhz.

On applying the overclock, the base clock jumped up to the 2000 Mhz mark. We were also able to boost the memory clock up to 14 Gbps. That adds up to a 10% clock speed increase and a 16% bump to the memory bandwidth. Not bad!

GTX 1650 Super: The New Budget King

The GTX 1650 Super has dethroned its predecessor, the vanilla GTX 1650. Costing only around INR 2,000 more, this card is an easy recommendation for any budget gaming build. AMD’s RX5500 has not lived up to the expectations – and thus the GTX 1650 Super is the definitive winner. We hope this Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 Super review helped you choose the budget graphics card upgrade you needed.

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