ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 Review

Overclocking

Overclocking the ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 is as you’d expect. The Micron GDDR5 will give you some margin roughly 177MHz (700MT/s effective) on the memory clock increasing bandwidth to just shy of  140Gb/s. This is also where you’ll want to focus all your overclocking as the core much as with all other Turing graphics cards will peak at around 2000MHz give or take 50MHZ on either side. The greatest gains almost entirely due to the higher memory frequency and subsequent increase in bandwidth. This model is officially spec’d at 1830MHz, but there does exist an OC mode accessible only via GPU Tweak that boosts this to 1860MHz.

 

Conclusion

In closing, considering the performance, power consumption, temperatures and most of all price. The GTX 1650 isn’t a home run especially against the GTX 1660 which fares a lot better. That said, the budget arena has always proved extra ordinarily competitive and sensitive to price. This bring me to my next point, the current price is a little all over the place locally. Shop around and compare prices to see out of all the retailers who has the most attractive price.

Yes, you could just opt for the cheaper ASUS Dual-GTX1650-O4G. However, you’ll miss out on all the ROG luxuries including a fan header on the card for external fan control. You’ll also miss out on the ROG LED lighting, the beefed up cooler and overall a card that doesn’t look as good. Performance may be the same, but there is something to be said about having an ROG versus the more general ASUS branding. How much that is worth to you will depend, but if you can find the ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 for around R3,800 then it may be worth picking up. The additional extras you get on the ROG model over the vanilla GTX 1650 are in my opinion worth the extra spend.

Overall, this is a Full HD gaming card and in Some games you can enjoy maximum visual fidelity (Hitman 2). Others though, may need some adjustments to get performance above the 50FPS mark. If you aren’t concerned about high frame rates or use an Adaptive Sync monitor, you could opt for better graphics.

Ultimately this one is dependent on pricing. If you can find the GPU at a good price, do could consider it especially if you own a 1050/1060. Price aside, the ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 is the best expression of the TU117 GPU money can buy.

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