When Nvidia first announced the GTX 1650 – the latest Turing-based graphics card – one of the main features spoken about was the GPU’s 75W TDP, meaning it doesn’t require an external PCIe power connector. We’ve already reviewed one GTX 1650 which had a 6-pin connector anyway, but the Palit GTX 1650 StormX OC is one of the cards that draws all its power from the PCIe slot. Can this make GTX 1650 a more attractive proposition?
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Not only does Palit’s GTX 1650 StormX OC forgo the need for additional power connectors, but it is also an incredibly small card – measuring just 145mm long. Palit is clearly targeting the Mini ITX audience with this one – perhaps those looking to build a compact system for HDTV gaming in the living room.
Despite its size, as the model name suggests, Palit has still applied a factory overclock – with a boost clock of 1725MHz which is up from the reference-spec 1665MHz. Can it compete with AMD’s RX 570?
|GPU||RTX 2060 (FE)||GTX 1660 Ti||GTX 1660||GTX 1650||GTX 1060|
|Rays Cast||5 Giga Rays/sec||–||–||–||0.44 Giga Rays/sec|
|RTX Performance||37 Trillion RTX-OPS||–||–||–||N/A|
|GPU Boost Clock||1680 MHz||1770 MHz||1785 MHz||1665 MHz||1708 MHz|
|Memory Data Rate||14 Gbps||12 Gbps||8 Gbps||8 Gbps||8 Gbps|
|Total Video Memory||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||6GB GDRR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||336.1 GB/sec||288.1 GB/sec||192.1 GB/sec||128 GB/sec||192 GB/sec|
We’ve already touched on the new TU117 GPU that’s used for GTX 1650 in our Gigabyte Gaming OC 4G review – it’s essentially a scaled-down TU116, with 14 SMs and 896 CUDA cores. Remember, only the RTX 20-series cards have dedicated cores for ray tracing and DLSS, so there’s no RT or Tensor cores with GTX 1650.
As mentioned, GTX 1650 reference spec has a boost clock of 1665MHz, but Palit has applied a 60MHz factory overclock to this card, though it is worth mentioning that the 4GB of GDDR5 memory is left at the stock 8Gbps.