NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 1650 For Desktop at $149 US, Also Intros GeForce 16 Series on Gaming Notebooks Starting at $799 US
NVIDIA has officially announced the availability of their latest GeForce 16 series products for both desktop and notebook platforms. The list of products launching today includes the GTX 1650 & a range of gaming notebooks, featuring the GeForce 16 series GPUs and targeting the mainstream market with prices starting at just $800 US.
NVIDIA Intros New GeForce 16 Series GPUs – GeForce GTX 1650 Desktop Graphics Card at $149 US and GeForce 16 Series For Gaming Notebooks Starting at $799 US
Starting off with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 for desktop, we are looking at an entirely new SKU based around the Turing architecture known as the Turing TU117. The Turing TU117 GPU features 896 CUDA cores, 56 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. The card is clocked at 1485 MHz base & 1665 MHz Boost clocks while there’s 4 GB of onboard GDDR5 memory that operates across a 128-bit bus interface and clocked at 8000 MHz to deliver an effective bandwidth of 128 GB/s.
Now you can see that the card has a good uplift in specifications over its predecessor, the GeForce GTX 1050. Based on internal NVIDIA estimates, the card is up to 2 times faster than the GTX 950 & up to 70% faster than the GTX 1050 at 1080p resolutions, across a wide variety of games. Just like its predecessors, the card features a TDP of 75W which means that you require no additional 6-pin connector to boot the card. This is largely due to the extremely huge efficiency upgrades that the new Turing GPU delivers based on the optimized 12nm process node.
NVIDIA GeForce 16 Series Preliminary Specifications
|GeForce RTX 2060 FE||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB||GeForce GTX 1660 6GB||GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4 GB||GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB|
|Tensor Cores||240||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A|
|RT cores||30||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A|
|Base Clock||1365 MHz||1500 MHz||1530 MHz||TBD||1485 MHz|
|GPU Boost||1680 MHz||1770 MHz||1785 MHz||TBD||1665 MHz|
|Memory||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clocks||14 Gbps||12 Gbps||8 Gbps||8 Gbps||8 Gbps|
|L2 cache||3 MB||1.5 MB||1.5 MB||1.5 MB||1.5 MB|
|Transistors||10.8 billion||6.6 billion||6.6 billion||4.7 billion||4.7 billion|
|Die Size||445 mm²||284mm2||284mm2||200mm2||200mm2|
Now since the card is going to be launched by NVIDIA’s partners only, it will have various custom SKUs. We are looking at various custom designs that may either stick with the reference clocks or offer factory overclocks while requiring additional power sources. We currently have two models in our hands, the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X and the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC.
Both models are the flagship custom variants being offered by the respective manufacturers and are clocked much higher than the reference specs. As such, they also feature an extra 6-pin power connector to boot. The same partners also have other custom variants that do not require any 6-pin connectors. So, users will have a wide selection of these cards to choose from. The MSRP is set at $149 US but custom models may end up for higher with a $10 or $20 bump. Both cards that I have been mentioned at $149 US.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Custom Models
Note: We will be listing down the custom models here along with their prices as they appear.
NVIDIA GeForce 16 Series Powers Mainstream Gaming Notebooks, Starting at Just $800 US – Delivers Over 100 FPS in Competitive Gaming Titles With 1080p Resolution
Moving on the notebook side, NVIDIA is introducing their GeForce 16 series on gaming notebooks that are targeted at the mainstream gaming audience. The GPUs included in the GeForce 16 series lineup are the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GeForce GTX 1650. According to NVIDIA, the gaming notebook market is the fastest growing and NVIDIA, through their OEMs, will be offering 80 designs on the Turing platform, available today and starting at $799 US.
According to NVIDIA, 75% of their GeForce notebook install base is running a GPU with GTX 960M levels of performance or lower. That leaves only 25% that have better performance than the said GPUs. With GeForce 16 series, NVIDIA wants to offer drastically better performance at the same price point. A GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Max-Q) would offer up to 4x the performance boost over GTX 960M while a GeForce GTX 1650 would offer up to 2.5x performance boost over the GTX 950M. Also, NVIDIA has stated that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is built to offer over 100 FPS in some of the most popular competitive gaming titles such as PUBG, APEX Legends, Overwatch and Fornite.
NVIDIA would also be offering a GeForce Fortnite Bundle with all GeForce 16 series desktop cards and notebooks. The bundle grants users 2000 V-Bucks along with a range of in-game items. We’ll get to the specs in a bit but it should be mentioned that the cards would be available in both standard and Max-Q options, depending on the OEM.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Notebook
- 100+ FPS in the most popular competitive games
- Up to 4X higher performance than GTX 960M
- Up to 1.5X higher performance than GTX 1060
- Starting at $999
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Notebook
- 60+ FPS in the most popular competitive games
- Up to 2.5X higher performance than GTX 950M
- Up to 1.7X higher performance than GTX 1050
- Starting at $799
Coming to the specifications, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti notebook features 1536 CUDA cores and is based on the Turing TU116 GPU. The chip is clocked at a base frequency of 1455 MHz (1140 MHz with Max-Q) and boost frequency of 1590 MHz (1455 MHz with Max-Q). The chip has a TGP or Total Graphics Power of 80W (60W Max-Q) and features 6 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 12 Gbps along a 192-bit bus that delivers 288 GB/s of bandwidth.
The GeForce GTX 1650 notebook features 1024 CUDA cores and is based on the Turing TU117 GPU. The chip is clocked at a base frequency of 1395 MHz (1020 MHz with Max-Q) and boost frequency of 1560 MHz (1245 MHz with Max-Q). The chip has a TGP or Total Graphics Power of 50W (35W Max-Q) and features 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8 Gbps along a 128-bit bus that delivers 128 GB/s of bandwidth. The interesting thing about these specs is that these may give a hint of what to expect from the rumored GeForce GTX 1650 Ti desktop graphics card that has started appearing in leaks.
Finally, there are some performance numbers shared for the ACER Nitro 7 which rocks the NVIDIA GeForce 16 series GPUs. The performance was measured at 1080p and the results are below:
NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver For New GeForce 16 Series GPUs Now Available
NVIDIA would also be offering their content creator ready driver for GeForce 16 series that offers better performance in creation tools such as Premiere Pro, Illustrator, and Photoshop. The GPU advantages over CPU in such apps cannot be ignored and NVIDIA wants creators and streamers to take full advantage of the extra horsepower they can get.
The latest GeForce Game Ready Driver is also available which not only enables support for the new GeForce 16 series chips but are optimized for Mortal Kombat 11. They also pack a good increase in Strange Brigade using the Vulkan API. You can download the GeForce Game Ready 430.39 WHQL driver here. Note that we will have our review for the GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card coming this week so stay tuned for that too.
NVIDIA GeForce 16 Notebook Specifications:
|GPU Name||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650|
|Base Clock (Standard)||1455 MHz||1395 MHz|
|Boost Clock (Standard)||1590 MHz||1560 MHz|
|Base Clock (MaxQ)||1140 MHz||1020 MHz|
|Boost Clock (MaxQ)||1335 MHz||1245 MHz|
|VRAM||6 GB GDDR6||4 GB GDDR5|
|Memory Speed||12 Gbps||8 Gbps|
|Bandwidth||288 GB/s||128 GB/s|
|Notebook Starting Price||$999 US||$799 US|