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Palit GTX 1650 StormX OC 4GB Review

Rating: 6.0.

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?

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
SMs 30 24 22 14 10
CUDA Cores  1920 1536 1408 896 1280
Tensor Cores  240 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tensor FLOPS 51.6 N/A N/A N/A N/A
RT Cores 30 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Texture Units 120 96 88 56 80
ROPs 48 48 48 32 48
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 Interface  192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 336.1 GB/sec 288.1 GB/sec 192.1 GB/sec 128 GB/sec 192 GB/sec
TDP 160W 120W 120W 75W 120W

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.

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