MY EARLY BREAKDOWN
Pros: Decent performance, Compact form factor, No external power source required
Memory Amount: 4G
Memory Interface: 128bit
DRAM Type: GDDR5
Graphics Clock: 1485MHz
Boost Clock: 1725 MHz
Memory Clock: 8 Gbps
CUDA Cores: 896
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 128
Microsoft DirectX: 12 API with feature level 12_1
Bus Support: PCI-E 3.0 x 16
DVI: Dual-Link DVI-D
HDMI: HDMI 2.0b
Maximum Digital Resolution: 4096×[email protected]
Height: 1 Slot
Board Size: 145 x 99 x 40 mm
Graphics Card Power: 75 W
Recommended System Power: 300 W
Accessory: Manual, DVD Driver
WHAT’S INSIDE THE PACKAGE
Palit GTX 1650 StormX OC, Quick installation guide, Compact Disc
Palit’s GTX 1650 Lineup
Let’s check out Palit’s lineup for the new NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650 graphics card. They actually have 6 graphics card for this series, we have the Dual and Dual OC which both feature a dual fan design with 6 pin power slot, we also have the StormX+ and StormX OC+, and then the StormX and StormX OC that we are taking a look at today.
So the first difference between them is with the boost clock frequencies, and then the display output interface, the maximum digital resolution supported, the height of the graphics card slot wise and the overall dimensions.
Design and Construction
Now, let’s take a look at the Palit 1650 StormX OC, as you can see it is pretty small and compact because this is actually made specifically for mini-ITX builds. It features a single fan design with a decently looking plastic shroud.
Up top, we have the Geforce logo.
By the way, here’s a quick size comparison so that you can have an idea of how small this graphics card really is. So as you can see it is almost the same size as a regular 2.5″ HDD enclosure which makes it really valuable for small form factor builds.
Before we proceed to benchmark results, I just want to give full disclosure that this is my first graphics card review, so please bear with me as I don’t have any other graphics card to compare this with, so everything that I will show you here is relative to my system’s specifications. What you’re getting here is an idea how this graphics card runs with a relatively entry-level system on a combination of latest and old game titles.
Let’s start off with the most tasking game on our lineup, Battlefield V.
On high settings, directx12 enabled, vsync off, the Palit 1650 StormX OC performed ok, I was able to play at around 60FPS for the most part but I encountered some frame drops from time to time. I think dialing the settings a little bit lower should help with improving the frame rate.
Next is Assasins Creed Unity which recently went free, and as expected, the Palit GTX 1650 StormX OC performed flawlessly on this old game.
And then we have the new Apex Legends, as you can see on the graph below, the Palit GTX 1650 StormX OC performed well on this new battle royale game.
In Dota 2, an old game but still very relevant, the Palit GTX 1650 StormX OC performed unexpectedly good with this one.
And lastly, we have the Rainbow Six Siege, the Palit GTX 1650 StormX OC also performed well with the game’s built-in benchmarking tool.
While we’re at it I also ran this graphics card on some synthetic benchmarks like Unigine superposition, 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Time Spy so that you can have an idea how this card will score if you have the same specifications as mine.
Graphics Card Comparisons
So this is in Battlefield V on high preset.
As you can see the GTX 1650 is faster than the older GTX 1050ti but unfortunately, it is lagging behind the RX570 which is significantly older and cheaper. And this is actually the case among different testing done by a lot of reviewers out there, so the GTX 1650 on its entirety is really in a very difficult position right now.
It can be argued that the RX 570 is faster and cheaper but consumes more power while the GTX 1650 is newer and requires almost half the power at only 75W but is slower and more expensive. I think if they made this a little bit cheaper than the competitor it would be a viable option for most people. But as of now, these 1650 graphics card is more of a niche rather than the supposed new budget graphics card king like it’s predecessors the 1050 and 1050ti.
My take on this is, if you’re looking for the best bang for your money in terms of price to performance ratio, then the GTX 1650 is probably not the graphics card for you, but if you’re looking for a graphics card that is still powerful but consumes less power, let’s say you’re going to use them in bulk on an iCafe business which power consumption will definitely be considered, then the GTX 1650 is a good option.
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