NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB GDDR6 Graphics Card Review – The Best SUPER Card Yet!

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PRODUCT INFO

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Gaming X

November, 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $179 US

Conclusion - The Best SUPER Card of Them All & One For The Masses!

The GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is the second card in the Turing based GTX 16 series family to receive a much needed SUPER update. This was mainly due to the underwhelming GTX 1650 graphics card which wasn't enough to take on AMD's still strong mainstream Polaris based graphics lineup. That changes today as not only does the GTX 1650 SUPER replaces the 1650 but offers the biggest performance uplift of any SUPER series card that we have seen.

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Variants Pictured – ASRock & GIGABYTE

A lot has changed with the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER, it has received a new and much powerful GPU upgrade. The TU116 Turing GPU not only packs more cores but it also comes with the GTX Turing NVENC which replaces the older Volta-based NVENC featured on the TU117 GPU. While the performance boost going from GTX 1650 to GTX 1650 SUPER is impressive, the Turing NVENC will offer up to 15% better efficiency at encoding versus GTX 1650's encoder. The performance uplift for $10 US more is also a surprise that brings the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER now on par with the Radeon RX 590.

The GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER really manages to take on the Radeon RX 500 series lineup which had pretty much dominated the sub $200 US market for a while now. Even the likes of the GTX 1660 didn't manage to affect Polaris sales since Radeon RX series cards are going for under $150 US in both 4 and 8 GB flavors along with AMD's own promo which lets you grab two AAA titles and an Xbox Game Pass. That brings me to the next point, while the SUPER upgrade is great, the 4 GB GDDR6 VRAM is still a limiting factor on the GTX 1650 SUPER. Sure the bandwidth is boosted by a lot but VRAM matters and upcoming titles may possibly be affected by the lower frame buffer that is available on the GTX 1650 SUPER graphics card.

For TDP, we get a 100W package design and the graphics card sticks to it in both gaming and stress tests. The added 25W TDP is due to the bigger TU116 die which has been featured on the graphics card rather than the much smaller TU117 die featured on the non-SUPER GTX 1650.

For $159 US, the GTX 1650 SUPER and its massive array of custom models, especially the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Gaming X which retails at a slight premium of $179 US is one of the best budget options you can go for right now. The days of the Radeon RX 580 are gone as the GTX 1650 SUPER now claims the title of the mainstream graphics card of choice, offering stunning graphics performance for 1080p gaming with amazing thermals and stellar performance per watt.

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9.5

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is the best SUPER graphics card of them all, offering a much-needed performance uplift that finally makes the Radeon RX 500 series irrelevant. With custom designs like the MSI GTX 1650 SUPER Gaming X, the $159 US graphics card is the best choice for a budget 1080p gaming setup right now!

Performance9
Value9
Design & Aesthetics10
Features9

Pros

  • Turing's Best-in-class Efficiency, Starting at $179 US
  • Great Performance Improvement over GTX 1650 (Non-SUPER)
  • Turing NVENC onboard vs Volta NVENC on GTX 1650 (Non-SUPER)
  • Great upgrade from GTX 1050 / GTX 950
  • Features 12 Gbps GDDR6 Memory chips for extra bandwidth
  • Great gaming performance at 1080p resolution
  • Great performance for eSports Gaming Titles
  • Great thermals with MSI Twin Frozr VII cooler
  • Good Noise levels with MSI Twin Frozr VII cooler
  • Features Idle Fan Stop Technology
  • Power efficiency has increased drastically
  • Support NVIDIA Adaptive Shading Technology
  • Good driver support for GeForce products, compatibility with DX11, DX12, Vulkan, OpenGL titles
  • Good Display Connectivity, support for VESA Adaptive-Sync and G-Sync Compatible Monitors

Cons

  • MSI's slightly higher premium (+$20 US)
  • No backplate included
  • No RTX / DLSS Support
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