Need for Speed Heat

Need for Speed Heat Graph

In The Need for Speed Heat we are able to play this game at 1080p with the highest “Ultra” game settings enabled.  The ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER averages 56FPS, and some areas do drop into the lower 40’s at times.  Overclocking greatly helps though, performance jumps through the roof and increases by 14%.  That’s the highest advantage of overclocking the video card yet.  This game seems to be very GPU dependent.  With the card overclocked the game is much smoother and averages above 60FPS. 

The ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER provides performance that is 35% faster than the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650.  That’s also a difference in what is playable.  It is not playable on the GTX 1650 at “Ultra” settings, but it is on the GTX 1650 SUPER. 

The SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT is once again very close to ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER O4G GAMING performance.  When we overclock the GTX 1650 SUPER it is 12% faster than the SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT. 

The Division 2

The Division 2 Graph

In The Division 2 we are running the game at 1080p with the highest in-game settings.  The performance is borderline playable average 47FPS.  Overclocking helps quite a bit, improving performance by 15%, the highest result we’ve seen from overclocking in this review.

The ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER improves performance over the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 by 38%.  Once again, it’s the difference between playable and not playable.

The SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT is 4% faster than the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER.  It’s not huge, but it does matter by a few FPS while in-game. 

The overclocked ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER O4G GAMING is 10% faster than the SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 4G OC video card.

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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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