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The Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX is dead silent

CPUs and GPUs put out a lot of heat. Hence the fact that most of our video cards have 2-3 fans on them or that liquid-cooled setups are even a thing. Passive cooling is difficult to do and can take up a lot of space. But you can do it, as Palit has proven again with its new GeForce GTX 1660 KalmX card.

The Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX–that’s a mouthful–is a passively-cooled variant of the GTX 1650. It uses a custom PCB with a double-width heatsink attached. The heatsink has two nickel-plated heat pipes. The full card, heatsink included, measures 178-mm long and 135-mm tall. Compared to other GTX 1650 cards, that’s a bit shorter than many but notably taller.

Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX

If you’re picking up the Palit GTX 1650 KalmX, chances are you’re doing so specifically because it’s dead silent, so you won’t be surprised to hear it makes some concessions. The card’s 75W TDP matches Nvidia’s reference card, as do the base and boost clock speeds of 1,485 MHz and 1,665 MHz. It’s not going to win any drag races (or beauty contests), but that’s not the point of the card.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the GTX 1650 KalmX does not require an external power source. Your motherboard will supply enough power to run the card, so there’s no power connector onboard.

The card has pretty simple outputs on the back, with one HDMI 2.0b port and two each of DisplayPort 1.4a ports.

Palit hasn’t yet discussed pricing for its GTX 1650 KalmX, and it’s not available yet at the time of this writing. Current [amazon_textlink asin=’B07QHGKC2D’ text=’GTX 1650 cards’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a65ec3aa-d425-42a8-8083-34dcc9af214e’] go for $149.99 with standard cooling elements, so expect this one to go a bit higher.

6 responses to “The Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX is dead silent

  1. Not just that…

    Look at where the fins end at top and bottom. There’s a solid “wall” that would prevent a quiet fan from redirecting the air out as easily (assuming you used a side intake or a top-mount/downward-blowing fan).

  2. Looks like it would well into something like the clasic Shuttle cube, with air vents on the side of the case, and with an overall tight fit, such that air will be drawn through the heatsink. Seems like a pretty niche product these days. Passive cooling with such small gaps that air won’t convect.

  3. An HTPC seems like a great use for a card like this, absolutely. Small, silent, low-power. My HTPC is just a Plex box that streams over the network, so a video card doesn’t do me much good, otherwise I’d be eyeballing this as a strong choice.

  4. Nice, I appreciate fan-less options, as not every use case needs to squeeze the last 5-10% of performance out of the latest chip set. This will be a nice card for a living room box that may be transcoding video, doing lighter gaming, or streaming heftier Steam or Windows games from elsewhere in the house.

  5. Can’t help but think that the fins are going the wrong way. They are oriented how you would have them if there was a fan strapped to it blowing down on the card. Which certainly would be a good way to cool this thing with a quiet low-rpm fan. But if you are running it “fanless” as it they are selling it, then I would think having the fins going front to back would be best. That way if you have fans in the front of your case blowing over it, the airflow can go between the fins and then out the ventilation in the rear panel. As opposed to getting blocked by the fins as they are now.

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