While the updated model of the GeForce GTX 1650 still hasn’t been formally announced by Nvidia for the desktop market, that hasn’t stopped it from starting to appear on various manufacturer websites around the world.
What’s New In The GTX 1650?
The main big feature that is being reported on this new edition of the GTX 1650 is that it will now be a GDDR6 model rather than GDDR5. The result of this will mean that it does have a lower clock speed than the previous model (1590 MHz vs. 1665 MHz).
However, the good news is that this update brings 12 Gbps memory modules compared to the original 8 Gbps. It also increases the maximum bandwidth from 128 GB/s to 192 GB/s. No other large changes have been spotted so far and the card will still include the same TU117-300 GPU with 896 cores.
Notable Improvements In Initial Benchmarks
Expreview conducted some benchmark testing on a ZOTAC GTX 1650 GDDR6 which helps us get a better idea of the improvements we may see within games. While these improvements aren’t massive on paper, for a card that is an update rather than a new edition, it’s more than welcome.
There was a 5% - 8% increase in ‘synthetic benchmarks’ as well as between a 2% to 10% increase in most games. It looks like the lower boost clock isn’t having a massive negative effect on this card which is great news for consumers.
With GDDR6 memory typically being a lower voltage and therefore needing less power, this could be one of the reasons we’re seeing these improvements. In fact, in power consumption tests conducted by Expreview, the GDDR6 model required 76W on average compared to the GDDR5 model’s 83W.
When it comes to overclocking, Expreview manages to squeeze out an extra 200 MHz on the core clock speed and 375 MHz on the memory clock speed. This results in roughly a 10% performance boost.
We’re not quite sure when we’ll see an official announcement or release for this card just yet. So far, we’ve spotted that both these cards have retailed for the same price in China (1099 Yuans) but it’s likely that the GDDR5 model will start to steadily trickle down in price.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted once we hear any more news on this new GDDR6 edition of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650.