GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 cards now available with DDR6

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When Nvidia released the Original GTX 1650 cards in mid 2019 with 4GB of DDR5, they met with very poor reviews. Despite having around 35% more performance than the GTX 1050Ti it replaced, more was expected of this Turing model.

The release of the GTX 1650 Super later in 2019 made the “vanilla” 1650 even less desirable for most as it offered 35% more performance for only $10 more.

For most people buying a graphics card the size and power consumption of a graphics card aren’t something they worry about, however, if you’re looking for a small GPU which doesn‘t require external power the GTX 1650 may be one of the better options, especially as they’re also available as half height cards.

So, without much fanfare, and probably without many reviews, Nvidia has upgraded the GTX 1650 from DDR5 to DDR6 memory. This will get you from 5-8% more performance at the same power consumption (core clocks may be lowered to keep it at 75W).

If you’re in the market for a GeForce GTX 1650 I’d suggest looking out for one of the new DDR6 models.
 

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I just installed a Zotac GeForce 1650 OC DDR6 into Lenovo V520 today. Not the low profile version of the card, although I expect the performance would be fairly close.

The Lenovo V520 is a small tower case (Sub 16L), and has a tiny 180W (12V only) power supply.

The particular V520 I installed into has an Intel i5-7400 (4 core, no HT), 8GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, and a 1TB HDD.

The highest power draw I saw (at the wall) was 158W (peak) while running Prime95 (In-place large FFTs) and 3DMark Time Spy simultaneously. Normal power consumption while gaming is 100-135W.

Here are the benchmarks (average of 3 runs):

FFXIV Shadowbringers Benchmark (High Desktop Preset): 10325 - Extremely High
Unigine Valley (High): 93fps, 3889 score.
3DMark Time Spy: 3536 score (3610 graphics and 3172 CPU)
3DMark Fire Strike: 8004 score (9648 graphics, 7113 physics, and 3834 combined)

Overall, the improvement from the Intel HD630 integrated graphics was over 800%.

The PC has now gone back to it's owner and from what I've heard it's going to be used almost exclusively for his son to play Fortnite. I think he should be very happy with the upgrade considering he's been playing on very low settings for nearly 2 years.
 
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