Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC Review

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Introduction

Nvidia launched its GTX 1650 Super back in 2019. After that, we have seen bigger budget GPUs in the past two years, like RTX 3090, but they are much more expensive options. So, If you are on a tighter budget, then the Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC is one of the best GTX 1650 Super GPUs that you can buy.

Besides Nvidia, many companies jumped into the manufacturing and released their Super lineup with slight changes. GTX 1650 Super packs more performance over the non-super varients. Gigabyte has introduced two Super versions of GTX 1650.

We are reviewing Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC that has a two-fan design. The other variant is Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super OC with a single cooling fan. Although there is a mini ITX OC 4G version also available, GTX 1650 Windforce dominates the competition.

There is a considerable performance boost in Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super due to Turing architecture and relatively higher GPU performance boost. Before any delay, let’s dig into the detailed review of performance and features.

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC

Muhammad Kashif

Design
Price
Features

Summary

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC features a high-performance gaming GPU that enables to play PC games in full HD 1080p resolution. Its Turing architect gives more improvements in power efficiency, memory bandwidth, performance, and cooling compared to the 1650 base model.

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Specifications

ManufacturerGigabyte
ModelGV-N1650WF2OC-4GD
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER
GPU Memory Size4GB
GPU Memory TypeGDDR6
Clock Rate1530 MHz
Boost Clock Rate1755 MHz
Memory Interface128-bit
Memory Clocks12000 MHz
Cores1280 CUDA cores
Power connector1 x 6-pin
Recommended PSU350W
Display outputs1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x DVI-D
Multi-GPU supportNo
DirectXDirectX 12
OpenGLOpenGL 4.6

Gigabyte 1650 Super has a 1530 MHz base clock speed, which almost 2x the speed of the GTX 1650 model. The clock boost touches 1755 MHz that is only a few points higher than Nvidia’s recommended 1725 MHz. There are 384 more CUDA cores than the GTX 1650, which are enough to boost performance.

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC

The memory component of Gigabyte GTX 1650 Windforce Super has impressively improved from its predecessor. It has GDDR6 RAM that has a 4GB memory size. The memory interface operates at a 128-bit system while there is an impressive memory clock of 12000 MHz.

The power connector on GTX 1650 Super WF OC is more than enough to feed power to the card with its single 6-pin PCIe design. It is interesting to note that Nvidia recommended 100W for 1650 Super, making the power connector of Gigabyte GTX 1650 WF more than enough.

Regarding the core performance of Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super, it has impressive stats over the GTX 1650 standard. It sticks with the 128-bit memory but packs more GPU cores that accounts for a 42% increase. The 12Gbps RAM has almost 50% more bandwidth due to its GDDR6 version, and it increases the overall performance of the GPU.

However, there is a critical performance concern regarding the VRAM on GTX 1650 Super. It has 4 GB of GDDR6 RAM that looks relatively good when gaming at medium settings. But due to the recent release of more resource-demanding games, it may provide a limited performance on those titles.

The VRAM almost has equal bandwidth as we see in 1660 cards, but 2GB less memory can limit the performance in specific situations. Although it all depends on the game’s requirements, the new resource-hogging games can have inadequate performance and may require running at medium settings to play them.

Features

NVIDIA Ansel

Nvidia Ansel provides gamers to take impressive screenshots. It comes default with the Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC. The main features of the Ansel include taking a versatile screenshot during gameplay by pointing the camera in any direction. No matter the screen resolution, you can capture the screenshot 32X more than the resolution.

A key feature of Ansel is its ability to keep the image quality. You can zoom the picture without losing the image quality. It has photo filters and effects that you can apply before taking the screenshot. Even the photos are compatible with the VR headset as it can take 360-degree photospheres.

NVIDIA GPU Boost 4.0

Nvidia GPU boost enables setting the temperature-based performance. You can select a real-time temperature target and let this utility work. It increases the boost speed if the real-time temperature is less than the target temperature.

Similarly, it decreases the boost speed if the temperature rises above the set target. This feature is impressive for everyday tasks when GPU is not necessarily required and for older, less resource-intensive games. You can set the settings according to the usage.

G-SYNC

G-SYNC prevents lags from the computer as it integrates with the monitor having G-Sync hardware inside them. It efficiently syncs with the monitor refresh rate and sets the output rate relatively. Having established this synch prevents shuttering and tearing problems.

The conventional refresh rate can contribute towards shuttering, which decreases the overall gameplay quality. Besides refresh rate and frame rate synchronization, G-sync also helps in reducing the game lags and improves the response time for getting the maximum out of gameplay.

Windforce Cooling System

Heat dissipation is not an issue in the Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC as it has a dual-fan design. The cooling system operates under the Windforce tag that delivers effective cooling and heat sink. Even during the intensive gameplay, it manages to bring the temperature down effectively.

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF

The cooling system features a unique design that has two 9 mm blades. Both fans run on alternate spinning for better heat dissipation. The heat sink has a copper heat pipe that directly touches the GPU. Collectively the fan and heat sink provides effective heat dissipation.

3D Active Fan

The active fan mechanism provides excellent power saving. The fan operates under passive cooling, and it remains off during the low GPU load, and its speed increases under the higher GPU load. This improves the system load and efficiently utilizes the power.

Default Vs Overclocking

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF has a 1755 MHz default overclock that is near to the base value recommended by the Nvidia. However, the base clock value is the same as many manufactures like EVGA and MSI offer.

An attempt to manual overclock helped us achieving 1900 MHz for memory overclock, which is 27% more than the base value. For GPU, we only managed to reach nearly 175 MHz more than the base clock speed.

Build Quality

Gigabyte has designed the card in a way that it has a compact design despite some edges. It is 20cm long, while at specific areas like the backplate, its length extends few centimeters. The GTX 1650 Super WF OC features a double slot form factor that is ideally perfect for compact builds.

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC back

The backside of the card has a backplate that adds a decorative touch to the overall look with a gigabyte logo. However, after removing the backplate, we observed no connection between the components and plate. The ventilation at the back of the plate adds little to cooling the PC as it cuts put before the board end.

The lower RDS MOSFETs have a specialty for producing a lower resistance. The switching resistance enables faster and accurate electric current charging. It also operates effectively for discharging at significantly lower temperatures.

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC ports

Compared to the traditional iron core chokes, Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC has a metal construction. The metal design enables it to hold the energy much longer than common iron chokes, especially at high frequency. This reduces the energy losses from the core and EMI interference.

When observing the internal components, we came across lower ESR solid capacitors. These capacitors have better overall electronic conductively and provide sustainable performance. They contribute towards excellent system functioning and improve performance. You can expect a much longer lifespan of these capacitors.

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC review

Besides the internal components, the backplate on Gigabyte 1650 Super WF OC has a solid and well-crafted design. It provides impressive aesthetics to the card. Overall it gives complete protection to the internal parts.

Power and Temperature Testing

We have tested the temperature and GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER WINDFORCE OC maintained to sustain well under most conditions. Cooling is not impressive to the higher end, but it is pretty decent compared to other cards we have tested in the past.

It reached 64°C, which comparably is nothing to worry about. We didn’t see any performance drop at this temperature, and Gigabyte 1650 Super WF OC manages to hit 1845 MHz on extensive gaming till 45 minutes during our stress test. For power rating card can draw 103W of power which is pretty good for its performance.

Gaming Performance

This card is capable of running games smoothly at 1080p resolution. It gives a good frame rate and performs really well on most of the game titles. For example, we have run it on Shadow of Tomb Raider which and it gives excellent graphics.

The frame rate does reach max only on few titles like Rainbow Six Siege, but the rest of the titles are also fine. If you are looking for running at 1440p, then this card is not the best choice. You can see the frame rates in most titles to touch 60 FPS for 1080p and stable for 30 FPS. If you want to play at higher settings, then you may look at high-end GPUs.

Performance Comparison

Comparing Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC with the EVGA 1650 Super SC Ultra Gaming, both cards almost have the exact specifications. You won’t observe a significant performance difference between these two cards. There are only a few things that differ in both variants.

The Gigabyte version supports multi-display technology, which provides a better advantage when using the graphics card for gaming and graphics designing. Moreover, the 1650 super packs almost double the performance of the 1650 standard version.

Bottom Line

Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WF OC provides excellent performance by drawing balanced power. It is best for 1080p gaming and for older games that run on mid-range graphics cards. You cannot utilize it for running on 4K as it does not perform well on 1440p resolution. If you want a mid-range graphics card for gaming at 1080p with stable FPS, then Gigabyte 1650 Super WF is a perfect choice.

Reasons to Buy
  • Good overclocking potential
  • The greater aesthetics value and modern design
  • Unmatched performance at this price
  • Excellent cooling and heatsink mechanism
  • Turing architect provide better performance
Reasons to Avoid
  • Clock boost could be better
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