Introduction

On the testbed, today is an EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER SC ULTRA Gaming (04G-P4-1357-KR) featuring NVIDIA’s Turing-based TU116 but without the RTX components. This GPU is a lower-end product targeting budget gamers looking for a competent 1080p gaming GPU within the $160-$190 range. At the time of writing this article, you can find this GPU for $189.99 on EVGA’s web store. Not exactly as cheap as MSRP, but fairly in line with most AIB solutions.

EVGA supplies users with a 3-year standard warranty, which is also transferable to a second owner in a personal sale. EVGA also allows users to step up to another GPU, so long as they pay the difference between the two cards. While these features may not boost performance, they solidly help with end-user peace of mind, let alone flexibility in upgrades down the road. In 2020, with increased competition all around, we aim to find out if this GPU is still a worthy buy for a budget system. Is the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER still good in 2020? Is the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER good for gaming? Let’s find out.

GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER

NVIDIA released this GPU variant on November 22nd of 2019 as an upgrade to the vanilla GeForce GTX 1650 with faster RAM and more shaders in large part due to increased competition from cards like AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 XT. Within the TU116 we have 6,600 million transistors utilizing the 12nm process, 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 1280 CUDA Cores. When comparing that to the original release of the GTX 1650, we see a lot of positive changes. This configuration increases bandwidth by up to 50%, and the CUDA cores are upped by 42% (1280 vs 896) giving you a fairly well-rounded bump over the TU117 silicon that powers the original GTX 1650.

EVGA GeForce 1650 SUPER SC ULTRA Gaming

Our test card is a custom variant from EVGA with a dual-slot design dual fan with a full metal backplate and a fairly short PCB. The dimensions come in at an ITX case-friendly height of 4.38in/111.15mm and a length of 7.96in/202.1mm. EVGA has applied a very slight factory overclock to the GPU’s boost clock, giving users a 1755 MHz boost value out of the box. The reference boost clock is 1725 MHz by default, so this is a moderate boost clock increase. In today’s market, we have to question if that minor adjustment to boost clocks will be enough to keep this GPU competitive with other cards in its price range.

Memory consists of 4GB of GDDR6 on a 128-bit memory bus running at 12GHz. This provides 192GB/s of memory bandwidth. This matches the reference specification on GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER video cards. This however is an upgrade from the original GeForce GTX 1650 non-SUPER which utilized 8GHz GDDR5 memory and a memory bandwidth of only 128GB/s. The capacity of 4GB could be one weak point of the video card, especially at higher game settings at 1080p. Unfortunately, there are no 8GB variants.

The total power draw is 100 Watts, and the minimum PSU requirement is 350W. You will need an available 6-pin PCIe power connector.

Features

Being as this is a Turing-based GPU sans RTX, we can expect to get many of the other features found in higher-end cards within the lineup. With this card, you still get the benefits of NVIDIA’s NVENC Turing Encoder, which allows users to stream without placing so much stress on the CPU as the GPU handles the encoding within the hardware. This is a huge benefit to those of you looking to get your feet wet with streaming without destroying your bank account. You of course get features like G-Sync compatibility with compatible monitors, and EVGA supplies a metal backplate which gives the card more rigidity and a much more premium feel when compared to a card without one. When it comes to displaying outputs, we see EVGA has chosen to go with a Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 2.0b, and Display Port 1.4 connection, for a total of 3 outputs.

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Comparisons

To compare with the EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER SC ULTRA Gaming we have chosen two video cards in the same segment to give it some competition and good comparison data points. The first card we are going to use is the XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB THICC II Pro video card. The Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU is the natural competitor to the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER GPU. We have reviewed this video card recently and found it to be a worthy video card, it was in the $179 price range, which makes it a perfect price-to-price comparison with the EVGA video card.

Another video card we are using for comparison is the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER video card, which we have also reviewed. This video card has a higher boost clock of 1785 MHz and thus will be an interesting data comparison to the EVGA video card. It was priced lower, at launch, at $169. Naturally, prices right now have been fluctuating a lot with availability issues. At any rate, the ASUS video card will be an interesting comparison and we can see where the EVGA card ends up on performance and most importantly, overclocking.

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15 Comments

  1. I think the days of sub $250 cards are long gone. At that price point, you are better off getting a console.

    Really you won’t get much more performance than a XboxOneX, Maybe not even that.

    $500 is the new $300 and $300 is the new sub $200. Man I miss the days you could get awesome performance for $200

  2. Both of my kids aren’t console gamers.. We’ve got the PS4 Pro, and the XBONE, and they just don’t use them.

    Since my kid’s displays are at 1080p, something like this is reasonable for the games they play. Now mind you, they both have 1080’s (hand-me-downs from my setups), so they’re good to go for a long while…

  3. fortunately my kid got into pc gaming and ditched consoles since I got a GTX1070Ti. Bad thing is now he wants a RTX 3070.
    He was wowed by the initial specs and promised performance of new consoles, but now that both are out, he’s not impressed anymore.
  4. To be honest I personally know quite a few individuals who still shop in this price range. For them this card is worth a look over.

    Most of these individuals prefer to buy new either for the warranty support or distrust of secondhand sales.

    For myself personally I buy higher end of course but I do my best to try and not get too disconnected with the budget gamer. My roommate is one, although he thrives on buying my hand me down equipment haha

  5. When my customers/friends/family ask for gaming video card advice, I tell them to skip sub $200 dlls cards, a bare minimum IMO would be a GTX1660/RX5500. If you go below that, you are getting console quality settings and/or console framerates.

    I can’t count how many times I’ve seen people regretting buying cheap cards and not getting the performance they expected.

  6. Most of the time I drop things like this in for people who are playing mostly Facebook games, the occasional Steam/EA game… something that needs a bit more than Intel IGP, but are never going to push AAA games at MAX ULTRA…. but wouldn’t touch a console in any form or fashion.
  7. After a couple of my kids friends saw my gaming PC they asked their parents for one. I had just intalled my GTX1070 and Fortnite ran great at 1440´on my 4k TV. When I told their parents how much would it cost to build a comparable gaming PC, one of them had someone build one for almost half the price… but less than half performance, the other kid got an XboneX. Guess who was happier.
  8. To be honest I personally know quite a few individuals who still shop in this price range. For them this card is worth a look over.

    Most of these individuals prefer to buy new either for the warranty support or distrust of secondhand sales.

    For myself personally I buy higher end of course but I do my best to try and not get too disconnected with the budget gamer. My roommate is one, although he thrives on buying my hand me down equipment haha

    I was just recommending a 1650 super to someone earlier in the day… Not everyone buys 3090’s. He is also using it for a second PC for dedicated streaming and some gaming when friends come over, so 1650 super is the cheapest turing nvenc encoder you can buy ;). Normal 1650 didn’t come with the turing encoder (weird decision by nvidia). It’s an ok card for an ok price as far as performance/$, it’s got it’s uses still.

  9. I actually have this card…. picked it up in January when it was still selling for about $150. Only needed it to hold me over till the 3000’s dropped, and it served me well for the few months that I used it. Cheap, quiet, and even managed to play some games with it… really can’t complain given its price, though I guess it was a better buy than it is now at $190.
  10. I actually have this card…. picked it up in January when it was still selling for about $150. Only needed it to hold me over till the 3000’s dropped, and it served me well for the few months that I used it. Cheap, quiet, and even managed to play some games with it… really can’t complain given its price, though I guess it was a better buy than it is now at $190.

    Yeah, it’s performance is more than capable for many on a budget, buying for a relative, equipping in a pre-built, or getting started with a first time PC.

  11. I needed to replace a GPU in my wife’s computer just a few weeks ago. Pickings were extraordinarily slim. I had about a $300 budget, ended up settling on a 5600XT. Prices were all over the map and a lot of stuff just wasn’t available at all.

    F U 2020

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