Review: Gigabyte GTX 1650 WindForce OC (with GDDR6)

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    In this review, we look at the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 WindForce GDDR6. It's cooled with some Windforce and a product that was designed for users on a budget, the card breathes and oozes that. Th...

    Review: Gigabyte GTX 1650 WindForce OC (with GDDR6)
     
  2. Undying

    Undying Ancient Guru

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    gddr6 does not seem to improve performance that much or at all in some cases. Its hard to recommend these 1650 cards all three of them.
     
  3. Legacy-ZA

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    I have to agree, they are junk compared to what you pay for too.
     
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    Thanks for the review Hilbert. It looks like they perform similar to RX470s using little more power than a GTX1050ti. That's decent.

    I wouldn't call them junk but I do agree that they're expensive. At $100 US, these would be great gpus.
     

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    You can buy much better second hand GPU's that will outperform it by miles, so, it's a piece of overpriced junk.
     
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    jbscotchman Ancient Guru

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    Well I guess Nvidia has covered every single inch of the 1600 series lineup.
     
  7. Agonist

    Agonist Ancient Guru

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    Nope, they are overpriced junk. Almost as bad as the GTX 960 was.
     
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    With no warranty or possible driver optimizations.
     
  9. gx-x

    gx-x Maha Guru

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    Recommended? For what? Wasting money? I would even rather go for 5500 4GB instead of this sad product. And if you are not going to play any games, which you are not with 1650 of any kind, you might as well just get 1050 instead if you don't already have IGP or APU.

    well I doubt very much they are going to optimize it to perform close to 1060 let alone 1070 which you can get for $150, used.
     
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    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    This is not in the same category at the 1060 or 1070 were, it's not meant for people coming from those or something like an RX480 or lower. It's made for budget or people new to computers for mainstream 1080p gaming. Of course you can spend more and get something better, there's literally always a higher market you can buy into(unless you're hitting the wall with say the 2080ti).
    Also a 1070 used for $150? Where are you find these? Ebay's cheapest buy it now is $199, and that still does not cover warranty should anything happen to the card in a year.
     
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  11. icedman

    icedman Maha Guru

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    The normal 1650 is already too expensive for what it does and even if this card is meant to replace the old one in its current price we know that wont be the case it will end up being more expensive and even less worth buying than it was before.
     
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    jbscotchman Ancient Guru

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    Damn dude. While it's not a great card there are thousands of people out there who may just be getting into PC gaming. Perhaps trying to get more fps and better graphics out of a cheap desktop with integrated graphics? Not everybody is an enthusiast and many look at these forums for advice, not ridicule. Also you are absolutely wrong, that GPU can play a huge amount of games.
     
  13. Fender178

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    At this point I would get at least a 1650 super because there is absolutely no reason to get a normal 1650 if you are on a budget and looking for an Nvidia card.
     
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    If looking for an nvidia card 1660Super is where you wanna be. These 1650's are just meh.
     
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    HybOj Member Guru

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    nVidia will have to get off their high horse and reduce the price/performance ratio of their next gen cards or NOBODY will buy them. Yes I know "you" will, but 99% will not. Times have changed! No more brainless money wasting
     

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    Fender178 Ancient Guru

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    True that the 1660 Super is vastly superior to the 1650s however I said if users were on a budget and looking for Nvidia only to go for a 1650 Super. Also I do agree that it is wise to save up the extra cash for the 1660 Super.
     
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    Fixed it ;)
     
  18. Ridiric

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    There is one application where these cards absolutely shine, because they require no power connectors and only draw up to 75 watts, and can be bought as low profile half height cards, they are perfect for sticking in cheap second hand office PC's.

    I have a whole stack of old Lenovo office PC's currently with i3 processors and 4gb's of ram each, I'm slowly refurbishing and upgrading them into small gaming PC's, replacing the i3 processors with i7's adding another 4gb of ram, replacing the HDD with an SSD and putting one of those cards into them turns them into handy low power draw gaming PC's that fit nicely next to your PS4 or Xbox.

    Sure looking at just price to performance there are higher power draw products that perform better and cost less, but sometimes that isn't an option you can take and that's when these cards shine.

    I mean i don't make a lot of cash off selling them as the cards are pretty expensive and people don't want to pay top dollar for an old office PC with limited upgradability, but i would rather refurb them into useful gaming PC's make a bit of cash, and stop them just ending up in landfill.
     
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  19. Ricepudding

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    I know there is a boost 3.0? think it's 3.0 on these cards, but the boost clock is rated lower, surely that just ruins increasing the memory speed and the performance gain from that, Though most likely not by much but could be an extra 1/2fps in some cases. Even so odd card, only assumption I have is GDDR5 is at the end of its lifespan and they are only making GDDR6 hence the change, But thats just an assumption no facts based on that.
     
  20. kings

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    I think many people are failing to see the purpose of these cards.

    The GTX 1650s (not this particular Gigabyte model), but in general, are cards to be used without the need for a power connector. And with that requirement, it's the fastest card on the market that people can buy.

    There are a lot of people with PCs from OEMs with shitty power supplies. These cards are a way of significantly increase performance, without incurring in further expenses.

    Furthermore, GTX 1650s can be passively cooled, which is an advantage for some situations.
     
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