EVGA GTX 1650 XC Review
The Nvidia range is becoming quite crowded with the availability of the last generation of cards fighting for shelf space amongst the newest additions to the Turing range.
With the recent launches of the GTX 1660Ti and plain GTX 1660 we thought that every gap in the market had been filled, but Nvidia feel there is still the tiniest chink of light showing and have managed to produce the GTX 1650 to fill that crack. Demonstrating how highly they thing of the GTX 1650 we haven't got an Nvidia reference card available. However, partner vendors have been more than happy to supply us with review cards, and alongside the Gigabyte OC 4G we have the EVGA GTX 1650 XC.
There are a few models in the GTX 1650 range from EVGA, but we think that the XC combines the price/features requirements nicely. It does, however, have a very non-standard cooler so we're interested to discover what difference this makes to the temperatures and the overclocking abilities of the XC.
As with all these 'ever so slightly cut down from the preceding model' cards, there isn't much to say about the GTX 1650 that we didn't already cover in the GTX 1660 or GTX 1660Ti reviews. It's the Turing GPU we loved in the RTX cards but without the Ray Tracing and Tensor cores.
Keen readers will note that the GTX 1650 has 895 CUDA Cores, a big drop off from the 1408 we found on the GTX 1660. That very much puts this in the category of cards that are only really good for 1080P, so hopefully the GTX 1650 can still keep the image quality high at smooth frame rates. That's what we're here to discover. It might seem like we haven't much to say but at this price point performance is everything and the minutiae is much less important.
Being the XC card the EVGA take upon the GTX 1650 formula has a decent factory overclock and, as we saw on the Gigabyte card, the GTX 1650 really responds well to a beefy overclock.