NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review Ft. MSI Gaming X and Gigabyte Gaming OC – Is Entry Level ($150 US) Turing Worth It?

Apr 26, 2019
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MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X / Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC

April 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $149.99 US / $154.99 US

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and Turing TU117 GPU

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 is based on the same Turing architecture that is found on the RTX cards. The main differences between the Turing based RTX and GTX lineup is that only RTX 2060 and above feature hardware support for tensor and ray tracing operations while the GTX series has been stripped off from these specific features.

Based on the 12th Generation Turing GPU architecture, the TU117 GPU found on the GeForce GTX 1650 features the same shader innovations that were introduced on Turing but to balance it out in terms of power, cost and performance, a few adjustments had to be made. This is done through the exclusion of RT cores and Tensor cores on the GeForce GTX cards with Turing architecture. It is pointed out that the Turing architecture on GeForce GTX still delivers improved performance & better efficiency compared to its predecessor while supporting concurrent floating point and integer Ops.

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So let’s talk about the balanced architecture design of the Turing TU117 and how it still manages to improve upon its Pascal based predecessors. The first thing to mention is the three big changes in the Turing SM. The revamped structure of the Turing TU117 SM enables processing of FP32 & INT operations concurrently through the use of dedicated cores within the SM. The list of features that Turing TU117 GPU adds over Pascal GP106 include:

  • Concurrent FP and INT operations
  • Variable Rate Shading
  • Unified Cache Architecture
  • Dedicated FP16 Cores
  • Volta NVENC Support

The Turing SM can also perform FP16 operations at double the rate of FP32. The Turing TU117 GPU is rated at 6 TOPs (FP+INT), 6 TFLOPs FP16 and an improved bandwidth due to the higher cache count compared to the Pascal-based GP107.

If we look at some modern gaming titles, then we can see that developers are widely mixing floating point operations with integer instructions. For every 100 instructions in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, for example, 62 are floating point and 38 integers, on average. In previous GPUs, the floating point math datapath in the SM would sit idly whenever one of these non-FP-math runs. Turing adds a second parallel Integer execution unit never to ever CUDA core that executes these instructions in parallel with floating point math.

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Now coming to the raw specifications of the GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. The TU117 GPU is fabricated on the TSMC’s 12nm FFN (FinFET NVIDIA) process node. It features 2 GPCs, 8 TPCs, and 14 Turing SMs. Each SM contains 64 cores which equal to a total of 896 CUDA Cores. There’s also 56 Texture Units and 32 Raster Operation Units on the card. The base clock is maintained at 1485 MHz while the boost clock is maintained at 1665 MHz.

The GeForce GTX 1650 features 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM running along a 128-bit bus interface. The memory system would be clocked at 8.0 Gbps delivering an effective bandwidth of 128 GB/s. The card is rated at 3.0 TFLOPs FP32 and 6 TFLOPs FP16 compute power. Officially, the card doesn’t require any external power connector but manufacturers offering factory overclocked cards have added them nonetheless. Display outputs include a single DisplayPort, a single DVI-D, and an HDMI connector.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX/GTX "Turing" Family:

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
GPU ArchitectureTuring GPU (TU117)Turing GPU (TU116)Turing GPU (TU116)Turing GPU (TU106)Turing GPU (TU106)Turing GPU (TU104)Turing GPU (TU102)
Process12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN
Die Size200mm2284mm2284mm2445mm2445mm2545mm2754mm2
Transistors4.7 Billion6.6 Billion6.6 Billion10.6 Billion10.6 Billion13.6 Billion18.6 Billion
CUDA Cores896 Cores1408 Cores1536 Cores1920 Cores2304 Cores2944 Cores4352 Cores
TMUs/ROPs56/3288/4896/48120/48144/64192/64288/96
GigaRaysN/AN/AN/A5 Giga Rays/s6 Giga Rays/s8 Giga Rays/s10 Giga Rays/s
Cache1.5 MB L2 Cache1.5 MB L2 Cache1.5 MB L2 Cache4 MB L2 Cache4 MB L2 Cache4 MB L2 Cache6 MB L2 Cache
Base Clock1485 MHz1530 MHz1500 MHz1365 MHz1410 MHz1515 MHz1350 MHz
Boost Clock1665 MHz1785 MHz1770 MHz1680 MHz1620 MHz
1710 MHz OC
1710 MHz
1800 MHz OC
1545 MHz
1635 MHz OC
Compute3.0 TFLOPs5.0 TFLOPs5.5 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs7.5 TFLOPs10.1 TFLOPs13.4 TFLOPs
MemoryUp To 4 GB GDDR5Up To 6 GB GDDR5Up To 6 GB GDDR6Up To 6 GB GDDR6Up To 8 GB GDDR6Up To 8 GB GDDR6Up To 11 GB GDDR6
Memory Speed8.00 Gbps8.00 Gbps12.00 Gbps14.00 Gbps14.00 Gbps14.00 Gbps14.00 Gbps
Memory Interface128-bit192-bit192-bit192-bit256-bit256-bit352-bit
Memory Bandwidth128 GB/s192 GB/s288 GB/s336 GB/s448 GB/s448 GB/s616 GB/s
Power ConnectorsN/A8 Pin8 Pin8 Pin8 Pin8+8 Pin8+8 Pin
TDP75W120W120W160W185W (Founders)
175W (Reference)
225W (Founders)
215W (Reference)
260W (Founders)
250W (Reference)
Starting Price$149 US$219 US$279 US$349 US$499 US$699 US$999 US
Price (Founders Edition)$149 US$219 US$279 US$349 US$599 US$799 US$1,199 US
LaunchApril 2019March 2019February 2019January 2019October 2018September 2018September 2018
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