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Nvidia intros GeForce GTX 1650 GPU

by Tarinder Sandhu on 23 April 2019, 14:01

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Nvidia is today unveiling the mainstream GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. Based on the new Turing architecture, this time in what the company calls the TU117 die, it's the logical successor to the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti from 2016.

This is a strange launch insofar as Nvidia has not provided the press with pre-launch drivers for performance evaluation, even though multiple partners have seeded us boards a while back.

Mainstream GeForce GTX

GPU
GTX 1660 Ti
GTX 1660
GTX 1650
GTX 1060
GTX 1050 Ti
Launch date
Feb 2019
Mar 2019
April 2019
May 2016
October 2016
Codename
TU116
TU116
TU117
GP106
GP107
Architecture
Turing
Turing
Turing
Pascal
Pascal
Process (nm)
12
12
12
16
16
Transistors (bn)
6.6
6.6
?
4.4
3.3
Die Size (mm²)
284
284
?
200
132
Base Clock (MHz)
1,500
1,530
1,485
1,506
1,290
Boost Clock (MHz)
1,770
1,785
1,665
1,708
1,392
Founders Edition Clock (MHz)
-
-
-
1,708
-
Shaders
1,536
1,408
896
1,280
768
Peak GFLOPS
5,437
5,027
2,984
3,855
2,138
Founders Edition GFLOPS
-
-
-
3,855
-
Tensor Cores
-
-
-
-
-
RT Cores
-
-
-
-
-
Memory Size
6GB
6GB
4GB
6GB
4GB
Memory Bus
192-bit
192-bit
128-bit
192-bit
128-bit
Memory Type
GDDR6
GDDR5
GDDR5
GDDR5
GDDR5
Memory Clock
12Gbps
8Gbps
8Gbps
8Gbps
7Gbps
Memory Bandwidth
288
192
128
192
112
ROPs
48
48
?
48
32
Texture Units
96
88
?
80
48
L2 cache (KB)
1,536
1,536
?
1,536
1,024
Power Connector
8-pin
8-pin
-
6-pin
-
TDP (watts)
120
120
75
120
75
Founders Edition TDP (watts)
-
-
-
-
-
Suggested MSRP
$279
$219
$149
$249
$139
Founders Edition MSRP
-
-
?
$299
-

Analysis

We've pieced together some technical information from a communication an hour or so before launch, though it is bereft of the juicier details that enthusiasts like to know and talk about. What we do know is that the TU117 die is home to 896 shaders and has base and boost speeds of 1,485MHz and 1,665MHz, respectively. On the back-end, it is predictably sedate, with 4GB of GDDR5 memory operating at 8Gbps, leading to 128GB/s of bandwidth.

The speeds and feeds still compare well against the GTX 1050 Ti, and Nvidia expects more-than-suggested performance due to the specific enhancements in the Turing architecture - concurrent integer and float instruction capability as well as smarter, deeper caching. The company offers only a single performance metric at launch: that it is 70 per cent faster than a GeForce GTX 1050 at a 1080p resolution.

Another aspect of note is that GTX 1650 is designed for energy efficiency; the reference spec keeps to a 75W TDP, meaning that basic cards won't need an external power connector. You can be sure that certain partners will still stick big-ass coolers and run with a six-pin power connector.

Pricing is set to begin at $149/£138, putting it comfortably below the £200 charged for the GeForce GTX 1660. Of more concern to Nvidia and consumers is how this baby Turing-infused GTX fares against the AMD competition, which right now rests with the cheaper Radeon RX 570 cards out there, also starting at £140.

We will be reviewing the usual bevy of add-in partner cards in due course, but given the specification sheet and price, are you tempted by the sub-£150 GeForce GTX 1650 at the outset?



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It's already on Amazon for £140-£170. I think it's too much for what it is unless the new GPUs have features that, for example, the RX 580 at a similar price does not.

I can't exactly remember what features Turing has over the older competitors cards but that kinda proves that the average consumer won't see value in this card.
Really disappointed that they didn't supply the reviewers with drivers and haven't allowed them to review it.

It seems they want people to make pre-orders without knowing it's performance and then be disappointed after or hope that people can't be bothered to cancel pre-orders