GeForce GTX 1650 launches at $149, exactly as predicted

Well, to the surprise of absolutely no-one, the leaked specifications for the GeForce GTX 1650 that showed up last week were completely correct. So saying, the card is out now, and you can buy one. Both Newegg and Amazon have multiple listings for the cards, but caveat emptor: some of the listings on Amazon appear to be early third-party sellers selling GTX 1650 cards at inflated prices.

MSI's Gaming X model probably has more cooler than is strictly necessary for a 75 W GPU.

For your information, the suggested retail price for cards based on this GPU is $149, with souped-up partner cards coming in a bit over that. Newegg currently has a couple of models at that MSRP, both shorty cards, from Zotac and Gigabyte. $154-$164 seems a popular price point—just about everyone has cards in that price bracket, including EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, and Asus—while the most expensive GTX 1650 cards we see on Newegg come in at $179 from Gigabyte, Asus, and MSI.

As usual, those models sport coolers that might look more at home on an RTX 2070 card. Be careful when purchasing some of the fancier cards, too. As has been the case with past generations of low-end gaming graphics cards, some of the partner cards require a PCI-E power connector. That might not be noteworthy except that arguably the whole point of the GTX 1650 is that it offers hard-core gaming performance without necessarily needing such a power connector. In theory, most of the cards on offer today will run slot-powered in a machine with a mediocre power supply.

This beautifully-named GV-N1650IXOC-4GD card is downright dainty.

We'd love to tell you how the GTX 1650 runs, but even if we had gotten a card early we wouldn't have been able to benchmark it. We're not the only ones in this boat—other sites around the web are also venting their frustration at Nvidia for not releasing a driver to reviewers so that they could, you know, review. While normally our usual recommendation is not to spend a bunch of extra money on a card with additional cooling, we're interested to see the performance differential offered by one of the GTX 1650 cards with a power connector.

With that said, there is a driver out now. GeForce driver 430.39 is out, and while it's "Game Ready" for Mortal Kombat 11, the real news is that it adds support for both desktop and laptop versions of the GTX 1650. Nvidia notes along with the driver that laptops are launching with all three of the GeForce GTX 1600-series GPUs, the other two being the GTX 1660 and its "Ti" sibling. That driver also improves Vulkan performance in Strange Brigade by 21%, and adds seven more monitors to the "G-Sync Compatible" list; you can check out the full release notes here or download it here.

Update: While I was putting this post together, the Guru of 3D has put up his review. Click through and read the review to see for yourself, but his conclusion seems reasonable: an impressive amount of performance given the power draw, but you might find that the red team can offer you more graphics card for the cost—as long as your power supply can put up with a thirsty Polaris chip. Head over there to see his data and make your own judgement.

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    • deruberhanyok
    • 6 months ago

    All these NVIDIA hijinx and it probably still won’t affect their sales much (if at all).

    AMD has an opportunity with Navi to recapture some enthusiast mindshare (and sales, obviously), would be nice if it brings something competitive to the table.

    I have some concern that it’s just going to be GCNv6 with a handful of improvements and everyone will still be “waiting for the real next gen AMD GPUs.”

    • DoomGuy64
    • 6 months ago

    Anyone wanna comment on how Nvidia handled this release with reviewers?
    *No review drivers (keep performance hush hush before launch)
    *NVENC (yeah, no deal for video guys, buy the more expensive cards)
    *Slower and more expensive than 570
    *Cards that have no power connector mean limited headroom for overclocking

    I’m not surprised. Nvidia doesn’t want to release good mid-range or low end cards, because it cannibalizes their high end sales, and by the prices of RTX that’s not a small chunk of change.

    One youtube reviewer commented on how he’s hoping AMD releases a high end APU that takes these cards completely off the market. I agree with that sentiment, low end is a joke, and needs to be replaced by APUs.

    If you need a cheap video card, forget Nvidia. Buy a 570, which have 8gb versions, and there are no feature or performance trade offs. Power draw maybe, but the 570 is no FuryX, and any decent PSU should handle it, plus if you don’t need gaming performance current APUs are good enough.

    • DPete27
    • 6 months ago

    Have you seen the insane prices of GTX1050Ti’s lately though? This thing is a steal compared to that.

      • Goty
      • 6 months ago

      They’re not manufacturing any 10-series cards anymore, are they? That probably has a lot to do with inflated prices.

    • Chrispy_
    • 6 months ago

    As expected, it’s significantly slower than an RX570 and significantly more expensive than an RX570.
    Unless you absolutely NEED a 75W graphics card this is one to avoid in favour of faster, better, cheaper alternatives.

    TechPowerUp:
    [i<]"the problem is simply NVIDIA setting their MSRP much too high" "GTX 1650 is not good enough for 60 FPS gaming"[/i<] Guru 3D: [i<]"A hard sell" " In reality, I find this to be a ~$99 card"[/i<] GamersNexus: [i<]"DOA" "The GTX 1650 is simply not competitive"[/i<]

      • JosiahBradley
      • 6 months ago

      Looking at newegg you can buy a rx 580 or a 1650. Unless electricity is rare where you live, it seems like the 1650 is doa. Bias note: I own an nvidia card and amd stock.

        • Chrispy_
        • 6 months ago

        On a side note, [i<]ugh... Newegg really is a sinking ship these days :\[/i<] What the hell is [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4RE93K4231<]this abomination[/url<]?! I can't even

          • Krogoth
          • 6 months ago

          It is from a Chinese vendor/e-tailer shop using Newegg as a front.

          • NovusBogus
          • 6 months ago

          At least they don’t play politics like Amazon does, and are less risky than other Chinese front organizations like Alibaba/AliExpress and GearBest. I mostly buy from other sources these days though.

          • Goty
          • 6 months ago

          Yeah, but where else can you find an RX580 with 2048 CUDA cores?!

            • Chrispy_
            • 6 months ago

            Google Translate, of course!

            But yeah, Newegg is ultimately responsible for this listing, including the false advertising of what is blatantly an RX570 4GB at stock clocks. If newegg are acting as the intermediary for a chinese vendor, then the entire sale is still required to conform with US sale of goods laws.

          • MOSFET
          • 6 months ago

          Always stay away from First From Asia

      • jackbomb
      • 6 months ago

      Does the RX570 support Netflix in 4K? Looking to turn an old Sandy Bridge rig into an HTPC.

        • DragonDaddyBear
        • 6 months ago

        No and kinda. But why but a $150 video card when a $100 box will do the job better? I like htpc but they are kinda dead for legal consumption of content because of the onerous DRM these days. The Xbox one s takes care of every streaming need I have and can play games with far less hassle.

    • Krogoth
    • 6 months ago

    AMD RTG as it wakes up in Intel’s 10nm fab: Where’s Navi? Is it alright? Is it safe?

    Ngreedia: I’m afraid that your lackluster gluing performance has killed it

    AMD RTG: I just teased it a moment ago!

    AMD RTG smashes up Intel’s 10nm fab in rage and cries out “NOOOOO!!!!!”

    • techguy
    • 6 months ago

    Re: NVENC capabilities

    Apparently TU117 features the less capable Volta generation NVENC engine, rather than the Turing NVENC engine every other Turing chip so far supports (including the other GTX 16xx parts). If you want to use a “cheap” card for media server duty, the GTX 1660 is now your cheapest option if you want the latest version of NVENC.

      • chuckula
      • 6 months ago

      That’s interesting and frankly weird.

      It’d be one thing if this GTX-1650 was a Pascal rebrand, but instead it’s not a rebrand but still has an older encode/decode engine… but still not Pascal’s.

        • DragonDaddyBear
        • 6 months ago

        How does that effect Plex transcoding capabilities?

          • DancinJack
          • 6 months ago

          HEVC B Frame support was the only feature missing on their matrix.

          [url<]https://developer.nvidia.com/video-encode-decode-gpu-support-matrix[/url<]

            • DragonDaddyBear
            • 6 months ago

            Sorry, but I don’t know what that means. What does that mean for the image quality?

            • TheRazorsEdge
            • 6 months ago

            B-Frame gets you a 20-25% reduction in file size for the same quality on higher resolution video. If space is not a serious constraint, then the absence of B-Frame support is not a problem.

            Also, neither Maxwell nor Pascal supported it. With the tech being so new, there are probably very few applications or media files that require it.

            Contrary to prior comments, I wouldn’t be too concerned unless you’re trying to future proof.

    • chuckula
    • 6 months ago

    Q: How is an Ngreedia launch like a solar eclipse?

    A: They both block out the sun and are totally predictable!

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