NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 is ~6% faster than its GDDR5 variant

Published: Apr 3rd 2020, 08:11 GMT   Comments

A first review of the new GeForce GTX 1650 model has arrived from China.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 gets GDDR6

Today Expreview published the first review of the new GDDR6-based GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. The card has not been officially announced by NVIDIA for the desktop market, instead, it is gradually appearing on manufacturers’ websites and it could also be found in the GeForce RTX SUPER announcement for the mobile platform:

The desktop GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 features a lower GPU clock with a boost at 1590 MHz (the original GDDR5 model has a 1665 MHz clock). On the other hand, the updated variant features 12 Gbps memory modules, as opposed to 8 Gbps to GDDR5’s clock. This bumps the maximum bandwidth to 192 GB/s, a 64 GB/s more than the older model. The bandwidth is particularly important for entry-level models with a limited frame buffer size (in this case it is 4GB).

The card also features the same TU117-300 GPU with 896 CUDA cores, that said, no changes were made to the GPU.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 Series
VideoCardz.comGPUCUDA CoresBoost ClockMemory ClockMemory
GTX 1660 TiTU116-400
12 Gbps
6GB G6 192b
GTX 1660 SUPERTU116-300
1785 MHz
14 Gbps
6GB G6 192b
GTX 1660TU116-300
1785 MHz
8 Gbps
6GB G5 192b
GTX 1650 SUPERTU116-250
1725 MHz
12 Gbps
4GB G6 128b
GTX 1650 GDDR6TU117-300
1590 MHz
12 Gbps
4GB G6 128b
GTX 1650 GDDR5TU117-300
1665 MHz
8 Gbps
4GB G5 128b


The card tested was from ZOTAC. It appears to be an Asian model of ‘Destroyer PA’. This model is currently not listed on ZOTAC website.

The GTX 1650 GDDR6 features TU117-300 GPU, the same as the GDDR5 variant.

The GDDR6 model has Micron D9WC5 GDDR6 memory.

Performance and power consumption

Expreview conducted a standard GPU test for their ZOTAC GAMING model. In terms of actual gaming performance, they concluded that the new model is 5% to 8% faster in synthetic benchmarks and 2% to 10% faster in most games, despite featuring a lower boost clock.

This performance boost is likely due to the fact that GDDR6 memory has lower voltage and thus needs less power. This was later proven by their power consumption tests where the new model required on average 76W while the GDDR5-model would consume around 83W. This particularly important because both cards have the same TDP targets, meaning the GDDR6 model can use more power for the GPU itself.

Power Consumption – idle (left), load (right)

3DMark performance

Gaming Performance – left (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Tomb Raider Shadow, Metro Exodus, Far Cry 5),
right (GTA5, Borderlands 3, Hitman 2, Wolfenstein New Blood)


Expreview managed to overclock the card by 200 MHz on the core and 375 MHz on the memory – meaning – they overclocked the memory from 12 Gbps to 15 Gbps. This gave a 10% overall performance boost and the card had a sustained clock of 2130 MHz.


Both cards have the same price in China, which is 1099 Yuans, however, the GDDR5 model can already be purchased for as low as 999 Yuans. The GDDR5 model is expected to be replaced by a new variant, but in the meantime, both cards will be sold simultaneously.

Source: Expreview

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