We are back to the GeForce GTX 1650 again. After several reviews that tested the simple and high-end versions of the new video card, it is time for a more detailed comparison with competitors of different generations. In this price segment, there is a fairly wide range of video cards — these are different versions of the GeForce GTX 1060, Radeon RX 580, Radeon RX 570 and models of the Radeon RX 400 series presented on the secondary market. All of them are included in this test. The list of competitors even included the old flagship GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which has long fallen out of the list of current solutions, but a comparison with it will clearly show progress in the graphics solutions industry. The list of test applications has been expanded, power consumption measurements have been taken.
Let’s briefly recall the main characteristics of the GeForce GTX 1650 and competitors, without going into a detailed description. Full specifications in the table.
GeForce GTX 1650
The new series is presented by MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Ventus XS 4G OC.
This is a budget version without additional power, like most other GeForce GTX 1650s. Since a small factory overclock is announced, the frequencies are adjusted downwards so that with a maximum Boost of 1905 MHz, the average frequencies in heavy games are closer to 1815 MHz. Official specifications provide a base value of 1485 MHz with an average Boost Clock of 1665 MHz.
Overclocking features are described in the MSI Ventus review. Due to the fixed power limit, the final GPU frequencies during overclocking vary in the range of 1920-2000 MHz with a maximum Boost of up to 2100 MHz. The memory is accelerated to 9542 MHz.
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
This series is represented by Gigabyte GV-N1060WF2OC-6G.
All tests were carried out only in nominal value. The frequencies are slightly lowered from the Gigabyte factory values to match the average level of the simplest GeForce GTX 1060 (Boost operating range 1835-1860 MHz).
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
A stripped down version of the GeForce GTX 1060 with half the memory. Represented by the powerful model MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G. The frequencies were lowered to the level of regular versions (working Boost 1848-1860 MHz).
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
This budget series is represented by a simple EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming graphics card. A slight decrease in frequencies to the standard level. The tests were carried out only in nominal value.
GeForce GTX 780 Ti
Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti. In the past, this was a powerful solution on the older Kepler generation GK110 GPU with 2880 stream processors and a 384-bit memory bus.
Radeon RX 580 и Radeon RX 480
These two video cards are represented by one ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 O8G Gaming OC Edition model, for which frequency correction was applied to the desired level.
Simple models of the old RX 400 series, due to severe power limitations, featured variable Boost. In order to somehow take this factor into account, in our analogue of the Radeon RX 480, the core frequencies are limited to 1250 MHz (the declared maximum is 1266 MHz) and the power limit is lowered by 10%. For the Radeon RX 580, the upper frequency limit is limited to 1330 MHz instead of 1340 MHz. And in both cases, we had Radeon RX with fixed frequencies without dropping below the specified maximum even in the heaviest applications.
Radeon RX 570 и Radeon RX 470
Younger video cards on the Polaris GPU are represented by the ASUS ROG STRIX-RX470-O4G-GAMING model. We note right away that this is one of the first video cards of this series with a hot temper and low frequencies.
To get an analogue of a simple Radeon RX 470 video adapter, a banal frequency reduction was used. For the analogue of the Radeon RX 570, we had to use an integrated approach so as not to turn ASUS into a heater with wild power consumption. When the frequency was increased to the desired value of 1244 MHz, the voltage decreased along the way (-12 mV) with an increase in the power limit by 25%. With these parameters in heavy games, there were small drawdowns below 1244 MHz. At the same time, it can be noted that in the conditions of the summer heat, the fan speed had to be turned up by 80% instead of 53% in the bottom screenshot.