Power and Temp

System power is measured at the wall in Watts and represents the total system load.  Our power supply is a Seasonic Prime 1000W Titanium.  Temperature is measured via GPUz and room temperature of the testing rig was at 71F while testing.

Power and Temp Graph

In terms of system Wattage, the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER O4G GAMING is a very efficient video card.  It pulls only 231W system power, which is 30W more than the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 O4G GAMING.  Considering we got up to 40% performance uplift over it, that’s not too bad of a power difference.

Overclocking the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER O4G GAMING increased power usage only by 6%.  Yet we saw performance gains as high as 14-15%.

The SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 4G OC actually pulled the same amount of power as the Overclocked ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER O4G GAMING.  Yet, the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER Overclocked was always well ahead of the SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5500 XT performance.  Therefore, the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER is actually the more power-efficient video card.  Despite the GTX 1650 SUPER being 12nm and the 5500 XT being 7nm.

In terms of temperatures, the ASUS ROG STRIX video cards were on top again, with cooler GPU temps, by a large amount.  We set the fans to 80% for overclocking, but we really didn’t need to do that, settling on automatic would have worked just fine and temps would still be in the lower 60’s. 

The DirectCU II cooler and dual-fans are plenty to keep this GPU cool at default and overclocked.  It does not hold overclocking back and seems to work very well and provides robust cooling for the GTX 1650 SUPER.

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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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