Passive graphics cards, a great option that sadly has been limited to ultra low power cards as of late, has made a return, thanks to Palit and their GTX1650 KalmX. This 178mm long graphics card is well over height, but that is a given considering the huge heatsink fin array keeping the 75W TDP under control. Being a 75W card, no external power connector is needed.
No factory overclock is present on this card, running at the stock GTX 1650 speeds of 1485 MHz base, with up to 1665 MHz boost. Three IO ports are provided on the rear of the card – one is HDMI 2.0b and the other two are DisplayPort 1.4a.
With 4GB of GDDR5, 896 CUDA cores and a 128bit memory bus, Palit markets the card as a 1080P gaming card.
The large heatsink is connected to the GPU core, VRMs and VRAM chips with a solid base and a pair of heatpipes. Such a design is critical with no direct active cooling. Keep in mind, some airflow in your case is still needed! Palit lists the board size at 178x138x38 mm – but we’ve seen misleading measurements before from manufacturers, so take this with a grain of salt.
No MSRP has been provided at time of publishing, although we expect it to be higher (within reason) than the standard GTX1650s on the market.