Today we are reviewing EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC graphics card that features NVIDIA’s based turning architect. This GPU variant is an upgrade to the GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and was released on the 22nd of November 2019.
This variant of GTX targets the budget gaming niche and offers medium-ranged specifications for 1080p gaming. The model is without RTX components and lies in the range of $150-$190. When looking at the current price, it offers a 189.99 price tag on the EVGA website.
EVGA offers a transferrable 3-year standard warranty and allows flexibility in the upgrades. Is EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super good for gaming needs in 2021? Is it worth buying EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 in 2021 with other options available? Does it stay up to the mark with the completion? Let find this out and more in this review.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC
EVGA GeForce 1650 SUPER SC ULTRA Gaming
|Release Date||The 22nd of November 2019|
|GPU Memory Size||4GB|
|GPU Chipset||GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER|
|GPU Interface||PCIe x16|
|GPU Memory Type||GDDR6|
|GPU Clock Rate||1530MHz|
|GPU Boost Clock Rate||1755MHz|
|GPU Memory Interface||128-Bit|
|Max Resolution||7680 x 4320|
|Power Connectors||1 PCIe 6-pin|
|Expansion slots required||2|
|Connection Type||HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D|
GeForce GTX 1650 is an upgrade to the GTX 1650 Standard with an impressive boost to performance. It offers more shaders with faster RAM than its competition, like RX 5500 XT offered by the AMD. The base model contains a 12nm processor and an impressive 6600 million transistors. There are 1280 CUDA cores, 4GB GDDR6 RAM, and 32 ROPs.
The EVGA GTX 1650 has many positive changes and performance improvements compared to its predecessor GTX 1650. It offers a 50% increase in bandwidth. The CUDA cores on this variant packed 42% more performance improvement than the 896 cores of GTX 1650. These changes give a good performance bump over the silicon TU117 in the GTX 1650 original model.
EVGA variant of GTX 1650 features a dual fan and a dual design layout. It has a short PCB, and the backplate base is pure metal for easy conductance of heat to the sink. We observed the dimensions to be ITX case friendly and contain a length of 202.1mm and height of 111.1mm that is a good fit for these cases.
These days manufacture offers boost clock by default in their products. EVGA joined this race and offered a very slight factory overclock to the GeForce GTX 1650 Super. It features a company offered boost clock of 1755 MHz from the default 1725 MHz that is a tiny boost for a decent performance. It is still a matter of concern whether this performance boost is enough from the competition of GPUs in the same price tag.
EVGA GTX 1650 Super features 4GB GDDR6 RAM on a memory bus that runs at 12 GHz and contains a 128-bit architect. As compared to the GeForce GTX 1650 Standard, it offers an upgrade in this department from an 8GHz GDDR5 RAM and bandwidth of 128 GB/s. The impressiveness of the GTX 1650 Super in the memory department is of mixed concern. A capacity of 4Gb can prove a limiting factor when playing games at a high setting on 1080p mode. Unfortunately, unlike GTX 1650 Original, we get no 8GB version to quench more opportunities.
When observing the GTX 1650 Super SC’s power consumption, it needs a 6-pin PCIe compliance power connector for drawing power of 100 watts. The minimum value for the PSU requirements falls to 350W for this model.
EVGA Geforce GTX 1650 SC has Turning based GPU that gives much more benefits and features than we get in many higher-end cards of the same category. It is an NVENC Turning Encoder by NVIDIA. It provides its full benefits like doing heavy tasks without straining the CPU resources and handles the most encoding queries within the hardware. It helps the streamers to get a seamless experience without putting much stress on the CPU hardware. This feature is perfect for the people that stream regularly and does not want to spend more bucks.
EVGA supplies G-Sync compatibility in this GeForce 1650 with compatible monitors. The design features a more sustainable solution with a robust metal backplate and gives a premium look with a better heat sink. There are several other notable features, including the display output choices. EVGA has supplied three outputs, including HDMI 2.0b, Display Port 1.4, and Dual-Link DIV ports.
Default Vs Overclocking
We will share both default and overclocked GPU experiences. This will help the people to understand better whether to overclock their GPUs or not.
Default GPU Frequency
The default statistics of the EVGA GTX 1650 give us a better look at the performance of the GPU. It will help you decide that either you want to overclock it or utilize the default experience. We have run the GPU through the looped benchmark at 1080p with the F1-2020 by adjusting it to the highest settings. For monitoring the core clocks and other vitals with used GPU-Z.
In our test, we have set our goal to observe the card’s performance and test the boost and clock considering the temperature constraints on the card. The room temperature at the time of testing was 22-24 C. At default, the EVGA GeForce 1650 offers a boost frequency of 1755 MHz and a clock speed of 1530 MHz. We have found some interesting things during our tests.
The average frequency during our tests was observed at 1890 to 1895 MHz and gave a peak between 1940 to 1950 MHz. According to the results, EVGA provides a company boosted GPU that clock 7.7% higher than its original clock speed on average while keeping the high values 10.52% faster than the base value of 1755 MHz. The out-of-the-box performance proved it a strong candidate out of the competition of the same 1650 super GPUs.
This is incredible performance concerning the stock 1650 Super GPU. Still, it does not tops the list because we have seen better stats in Asus TUF Gaming GTX 1650 Super GPU. It showed a peak of 1980 MHz and a proof to be 1.52 percent faster than the EVGA GeForce 1650 Super model. The expected cause of this boost is possibly due to the larger card and better cooling solution that keeps the stats to the maximum.
For overclocking default software that we use is MSI Afterburner due to its stability and better stats. There are other choices that you may consider when overclocking the GPU. EVGA provides its own software for overclocking its GPUs that is known as EVGA Precision X1. It all depends on the users to choose any clocking software providing its precision and efficiency to be accurate.
After starting the overclocking, we did some trial and error to achieve the stable stats and numbers on the MSI Afterburner. These numbers were stable throughout the test and for both natural and synthetic benchmarks. While checking the overclocking limits, we clearly see the NVIDIA intentions of not locking up anything for the user, which is uncommon for many GPUs.
Being not artificially limited on the overclock gives the end-user independence of doing overclocking when desired. We have seen an average of overclocking near 2074MHz after tweaking few parameters. It involved increasing the Fan Speed, Voltage, Temperature Limit, and Power Limits. It was near 1895 MHz at the stock, making it a good 9% increase on average.
When testing the stable overclock, we have seen a peak of 2140 MHz, but that vanished quickly and was not stable. Besides this high peak, we also had seen some moments when the value dropped near the 1530 to 1540 MHz range. But like the peak, it was also for the brief moment.
Having average memory was a big issue when we were overclocking. Anything that went above 13.9 caused the game to crash. But we suspect that it was more likely due to the cooling issue rather than GDDR6 VRAM. Overall, it was not the best result that we have seen. It was a mix of performance, and we saw a significant increase of 14.67% over the original settings. It was a shabby increase of 222.50 GB/s over the 192 GB/s. And the temperature touched a max of 72 C that was normal and nothing new in the overclock.
To check the heat and sink’s build quality and relation, we disassembled the GPU and analyzed the conditions. Looking at the heat and sink, they made significant contact with the memory and die modules. A copper plate provides contact to the die. The contact seems excellent, and it keeps the memory cool enough for the stock experience. But it seems a bit limiting for the overclocking. These are the small engineering compromises that EVGA made for making it to the mid-range bracket of $200 GPUs. Broadly speaking, the design is not bad and does not affect the performance on a large scale. Still, these little compromises decrease the heat distribution efficiency from memory and die modules.
Power and Temperature Testing
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC managed to conserve power and is one of the most efficient cards in the lineup for power conservation. Speaking of the temperature rating, it showed more heating as compared to the many other 1650 cards. Although the heat range was safe, it shows that the cooling efficiency on EVGA GTX 1650 Super was not as efficient as in the ASUS variant of 1650 cards.
Before the review, we tested several games using EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC and found it capable of running on higher frames with an excellent experience. We found out that it is best on 1080p resolution. Bumping up the resolution to the 1440p does not deliver the crispiness as we get on 1080p. It slightly behind the ASUS variant of GTX 1650 Super in many game titles we played. Most of the time, it does not matter because a smaller difference does not affect the gameplay.
Reasons to Buy
Reasons to Avoid
In 2021 if you are thinking of buying a mid-ranged GPU under $200, you are probably looking for value for the money of your hard-earned money. We have reviewed the performance of EVGA in this price bracket. It may not be the topper in the list for its benchmarks, but it is definitely a good choice for a budget card in the mid-range category. EVGA represents a reputed warranty department and offers a smaller footprint for EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC that makes it best for the potential buyer in this budget.