Is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER really irrelevant now that the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT has debuted?  What if you take a highly factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER, and push it even further, overclocking it to the extreme. What is the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER gaming experience? Can it beat a factory overclocked Radeon RX 5500 XT video card in today’s gaming?  This is just one of the questions and topics we will answer in today’s review with GeForce graphics cards.

In a previous review, we talked about the relevance of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in light of the Radeon RX 5600 XT now having been launched.  In that review, we took a beefy built-for-overclocking ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1660 Ti O6G GAMING video card and compared it with a factory overclocked XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro.  We pushed the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1660 Ti O6G GAMING video card to the max, overclocking it as high as possible.  Our conclusion was interesting, check out our review and the conclusion for the results on that one.

Today’s Review

Today’s review is similar, but now we are taking a beefy built-for-overclocking ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER O4G GAMING (ROG-STRIX-GTX1650S-O4G-GAMING) video card and will compare it with a SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 4G OC factory overclocked video card.  We will overclock the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER O4G GAMING to the max and see how it competes with the factory overclocked SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5500 XT 4G OC video card.

In addition, we aren’t stopping there.  We are going to throw in an ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 O4G GAMING (Non-SUPER) GTX 1650.  This will allow us to see how much more performance is added if upgrading from a factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1650 to a factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER. 

Both video cards are of the ASUS ROG STRIX O4G GAMING variety, so they have the highest factory overclocks ASUS has on both GPUs.  This will be a really neat comparison to see how much faster GTX 1650 SUPER really is when it is factory overclock versus factory overclock.

GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER

GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER GeForce GTX 1650
GPU CoreTU116TU117
CUDA Cores 1280896
Boost Clock1725 MHz1665 MHz
Base Clock1530 MHz1485 MHz
Memory Speed12 GHz8 GHz
Memory Type4GB GDDR64GB GDDR5
Memory Bus128-bit128-bit
Memory Bandwidth192GB/sec128GB/sec

First a quick refresher course on what the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is.  The GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER was launched on November 22nd of 2019, so it is only three months old, still a new product.  The MSRP was $159 with add-in-board partner cards coming in around $169 with factory overclocks.  The video card is based on the Turing architecture TU116 GPU 12nm manufacturing process.  It has 1280 CUDA Cores, 32 ROPs and 80 TMUs.  The base clock is 1530MHz with a boost clock of 1725MHz.  It has 4GB of GDDR6 at 12GHz on a 128-bit memory bus.  This gives it 192GB/sec of memory bandwidth.  The TDP is 100W. 

The GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is an upgrade to the GeForce GTX 1650.  The original GeForce GTX 1650 was released in April of 2019 at $149.  Therefore, the new “SUPER” does have a slightly higher price point.  The original non-SUPER is based on the Turing architecture TU117 12nm GPU.  It has 896 CUDA Cores, 32 ROPs and 56 TMUs.  As you can see the new “SUPER” has 384 more CUDA Cores, same ROPs and 24 more TMUs.  The non-SUPER runs at 1485MHz base clock and 1665MHz boost clock.  The new “SUPER” runs at a faster 1725MHz boost. 

The non-SUPER has 4GB of GDDR5 at 8GHz on a 128-bit bus providing 128GB/sec of memory bandwidth.  The new “SUPER” gives us the newer GDDR6 memory modules and a much faster frequency that gives us 64GB/sec more memory bandwidth.  The TDP on the non-SUPER is 75W.

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT

Here is also a brief background on the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT since we are including that video card in our review.  The video card we are using is a factory overclocked SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 4G OC.  The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT was launched in December of 2019, so it too is still a new product.  This video card is AMD’s answer to the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER.  It is the direct competition.  The MSRP is $169 for the 4GB variant and $199 for the 8GB variant.

The Radeon RX 5500 XT is based on AMD’s RDNA architecture and is the NAVI 7nm GPU.  It also supports PCIe Gen 4.0.  It has 22 Compute Units, 1408 Stream Processors, 32 ROPs, and 88 TMUs. It has a game clock of 1717MHz and a total boost clock of 1845MHz.  It has 4 or 8GB of GDDR6 at 14GHz on a 128-bit bus giving it 224GB/sec of memory bandwidth.  The total board power is 130W. 

The SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 4G OC is a 4GB model.  It has a factory overclock of 1737MHz game clock and up to 1845MHz total boost.  However, in our review we found out that this video card actually boosts well beyond its quoted game clock frequency of 1737MHz.  In fact, it runs almost as fast as the quoted total boost frequency.  It actually runs between 1807-1827MHz while gaming.  In reality, that small looking factory overclock actually does a lot with the custom cooling and power delivery. 

The video card represents a fairly high overclocked Radeon RX 5500 XT.  In fact, our manual overclock wasn’t much higher than what the video card was already giving us by default out-of-the-box.  Therefore, we are very confident with the comparison today using this video card to compare with the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER O4G GAMING.          

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  1. Nice to see both companies are competitive with price and performance. Still I think < $200 GPU's are priced too high. The 8gb 5500XT should be $169 for example. AMD pricing it the same as Nvidia, as a side thought, gives the feel for equivalence to Nvidia vs AMD being #2. I like the AMD driver UI significantly better than Nvidia with the features and layout but like how Nvidia drivers are more consistent, less bugs and they work for the most part. What a toss up, in this case I think I would go with the 1650 Super unless 5500XT had a Game Bundle or better one. If the 5500XT 8gb was $169 then the choice would be very easy. How if people in general had a 50/50 buying result between AMD/Nvidia GPU cards, AMD would be winning here big time. AMD I think is finally becoming smart in how they price their card in relation to Nvidia.

  2. “With performance between the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER and Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB models being so close and evenly matched it is all going to come down to price and clock speeds. ”

    Hardware wise sure. But the other difference is the drivers. And that is all I’m going to say.

    It is nice to see some very solid 1080p performance out of both camps at under $200. Not that many years ago (ok it is a lot of years) $200 to me was the absolute maximum I would EVER even consider spending on a GPU. And that needed to last for years.

    Now they just need to make LP versions of these cards, and make them run on PCIE bus power alone (75w?) would be great for ITX living room PCs.

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