Overview of video cards based on NVIDIA GTX 1650 series MSI VENTUS and GAMING. Appearances are deceptive
Among the next-generation NVIDIA graphics cards based on the Turing architecture, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 is the youngest model in the hierarchy.
Video cards based on the GTX 1650 belong to the initial class and replace the GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti.
The manufacturer (NVIDIA), when announcing this model, cited data that, in comparison with the solution of the previous generation GTX 1050, you can expect a performance increase in games from 30 to 70%.
Recall also that the prefix “GTX” and not “RTX” in the name of the NVIDIA video cards based on the Turing architecture indicates the absence of new-fashioned tensor cores and RT cores in the graphics processor.
Accordingly, video cards based on the GTX 1650, like other GTX counterparts, do not have hardware support for Ray Tracing and do not support the DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) smoothing method.
Introducing the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G and MSI GeForce GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC
We tested two video cards based on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 - MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G and MSI GeForce GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC.
They belong to different series and have significant differences in appearance.
MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G turned out to be much larger. In the cooling system, a radiator is used here, pierced by one heat pipe. The radiator is blown by two 90 mm fans.
The power system is three-phase.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC heatsink is completely aluminum and does not contain heat pipes. Blowing fans are smaller, their diameter is 75 mm.
Oddly enough, but the power system here has the same number of phases as in the more advanced GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G. And only the GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC VRM elements received an additional radiator.
If there are some differences in the set of video outputs: the GAMING X 4G series model contains two DisplayPort ports and one HDMI.
Instead of one of the DisplayPort ports, the GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC installed a DVI output, and as a result, the board received one DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI output.
For our part, we note that the relevance of the "outdated" DVI output in video cards of this class is still very high and we would call the lack of DVI in the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G a drawback.
For the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G, the use of TORX FAN 3.0 branded fans is claimed.
Of the presented pair, only the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G can completely stop the fans at low load.
As for the frequencies, they are increased in comparison with the reference in both cases. The MSI GeForce GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC turbo frequency for the GPU is 1740 MHz, and the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G, it is predicted even higher - 1860 MHz. But the video memory of the factory overclocked video cards does not have and works at the resulting standard frequency of 8000 MHz.
Please note that the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC, unlike the GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G, does even without additional power.
The ability to increase the energy limit, which is available only in the GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G, and an additional power connector provide a wider field for overclocking experiments.
Backlight, heating, noise
Of the presented video cards, only the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G has backlighting. But after installing this video card in the system and turning it on, some disappointment awaited us.
The fact is that the backlighting here is far from being as cool as in the older video cards of the new generation of the MSI GAMING series (for example, in the models based on RTX 2070, GTX 1660 Ti, which we tested earlier).
With a single-color glow, only a single element with a logo on the side panel is lit. Some dynamic effects are available. Modestly ...
Despite the more developed heatsink and oversized fans of the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G, the lower GPU temperature under load was unexpectedly recorded just at the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC. The maximum values were 61 and 53 ° C, respectively.
With what it can be connected?
It can be assumed that the operation of the cooling system GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G is configured for lower fan speeds. Unfortunately, the fan speed data for the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC was not displayed either in the MSI Afterburner application or in the GPU-Z.
In addition, when analyzing the factory curves of the voltage dependence of the GPU frequencies, we noticed that for comparable frequencies the voltage in the case of the GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC was slightly lower. This directly affects the level of heat generation.
In any case, both video cards work very quietly, and the maximum GPU temperatures shown are at a very low level.
I must say that cooling such video cards with declared power consumption of 75 W (GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC) and 85 W (GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G) is a simple task, so even a relatively modest CO is enough for efficient heat dissipation.
To compare the performance of the presented video cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, we took the previous generation model based on the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, which was the MSI GEFORCE GTX 1060 ARMOR 3G OCV1, and the next class among the video cards based on the Turing architecture based on the GeForce GTX 1660, which used the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 GAMING X 6G.
It would also be interesting to compare the speed with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but, unfortunately, we did not have such a video card.