Review and test of the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X / Overclockers.ua video card

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By continuing to familiarize with the new low-cost GeForce GTX 1650 video card series, we tested the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Ventus XS in the latest revision. Now on the line is the superior version of the game line, which implies a higher level of technical performance, better cooling and better overclocking. How correct are these expectations? Now and find out.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

The video card is available in a medium-sized box, which has the usual design for the Gaming series.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

The delivery set differs in a rich print set. In addition to the standard instructions and the software CD, there is a small comic strip and a set of cardboard cups for a cup.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Visually, the video card resembles other models of the game line, but slightly smaller in size. The total length is 24.5 cm. Cooling takes up two slots.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Against the backdrop of MSI Ventus, this model seems much more solid. Even with an external examination, it is possible to see the heat pipe and a more complex cooling design.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

The simple GeForce GTX 1650 does not require external power, but there is a six-pin connector in the corner of the board.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Unlike Ventus, there is no DVI connector. The game has an HDMI port and two DisplayPorts.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

For cooling, a simplified version of the Twin Frozr 7 cooling device is used. It uses a rather large radiator made up of thin plates and a thick heat pipe. All this seems quite serious against the background of how the GeForce GTX 1650 cost a simple one-piece radiator.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Direct contact of the heat pipe with the surface of the graphic chip has been implemented. The thermal paste imprint shows that the tube covers half the area of ​​the crystal. The accurate assembly of the tube on the channel and the sanding of the base minimize any empty spaces along the edges of the tube. Furthermore, the radiator removes heat from the memory chips. To do this, there are two thermal pads on the sides of the tube, and two other pads rest on a special pad on the ribs (in the photo to the left of the base).

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

On the external side, two 90 mm fans are installed on the radiator (blades of about 88 mm in diameter).

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Fans of a unique design, run on TorX 3.0 technology are used. The particular shape of the blades increases the power of the air flow, increasing the efficiency of the entire system.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G has a large PCB 23 cm long, which allows you to simplify wiring and increase the area of ​​conductive layers. High quality electronic components are used.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

The graphics processor is powered by a three-phase voltage converter.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Complete marking of the TU117-300-A1 processor. Around it, four Micron 8NB77 D9VVR memory chips are soldered, the same chips are used in MSI Ventus. The total memory capacity is 4 GB.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI Gaming X boasts a good factory core overclock. With a standard base value of 1485 MHz, the average Boost clock is at 1860 MHz, which is well above the standard 1665 MHz level. The memory operates at an effective frequency of 8000 MHz.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

With a game load, the video card showed a fairly stable boost without serious frequency changes. In the most difficult tests, the GPU worked in the range 1935-1950 MHz with peak values ​​up to 1980 MHz. This is illustrated below in the monitoring screenshots when tested in Final Fantasy XV for Windows Edition and The Division 2. MSI Ventus had core frequencies slightly below 1900 MHz.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4GMSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

During the tests on an open bench, the maximum temperatures reached 64 ° C. MSI Ventus in the same conditions heated only to 52 ° C. What is the reason? The fact is that the game gradually changes fan speed. During the period of inactivity, they are completely disabled and as they warm up, their speed gradually increases. The graphs clearly show that after reaching the peak value, there is a decline and stabilization of the temperatures and fan speeds at a lower level. And MSI Gaming is clearly quieter, fans are hardly audible here, as they barely run up to 1100-1200 rpm. Within the restricted case, the heating will be higher, but such cooling has a powerful potential to maintain low operating temperatures with low noise in all conditions.

The screens above show that the video adapter reaches 92% of maximum power. That is, the game has a margin of power. And the power limit is not blocked, it can be further increased by a few percentage points. This is a great advantage, because the narrow power limits limit the additional overclocking potential for the simple GeForce GTX 1650. And in terms of this potential, the game is fine. This copy was able to accelerate to 160 MHz in the core with a Boost peak at 2145 MHz. The average frequencies in the load are almost always stably maintained at 2100 MHz. The memory worked constantly at 9562 MHz frequencies – an impressive result for the GDDR5 chips, but Ventus showed the same results from memory.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

When the fans were fixed at 1300 rpm, the internal temperature was maintained within 61 ° С (stand open, inside 22 ° С). That is, it was possible not only to speed up the video card, but also to maintain a silent operating mode.

Characteristics of tested video cards

Compare MSI Gaming X with MSI GTX 1650 Ventus XS and a simple version of the GeForce GTX 1650. Also included are GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, GeForce GTX 1060 3GB and GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 4GB tests.

All competitors are tested in nominal terms.

Video adapter GeForce GTX 1060 3GB MSI GTX 1650 Gaming X MSI GTX 1650 Ventus XS GeForce GTX 1650 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Radeon RX 570 4GB
core GP106 TU117 TU117 TU117 GP107 Polaris 20
The number of transistors, mln. pz 4400 4700 4700 4700 3300 5700
Process technology, nm 16 12 12 12 14 14
Central area, square mm 200 n / a n / a n / a 132 232
Number of stream processors 1152 896 896 896 768 2048
The number of plot units 72 56 56 56 48 128
Number of rendering blocks 48 32 32 32 32 32
Core frequency, MHz 1506-1708 1485-1860 1485-1740 1485-1665 1290-1392 1168-1244
Memory bus, bit 128 128 128 128 128 256
Type of memory GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory frequency, MHz 8000 8000 8000 8000 7012 7000
Memory capacity, MB 3072 4096 4096 4096 4096 4096
Version supported by DirectX 12 12 12 12 12 12
interface PCI-E 3.0 PCI-E 3.0 PCI-E 3.0 PCI-E 3.0 PCI-E 3.0 PCI-E 3.0
Power W 120 n / a 75 75 75 150

The table shows the official specifications. The graphs show the full range of frequencies, including the peak values ​​of the boost.

Test bench

The test bench configuration is as follows:

  • processor: Intel Core i7-6950X (3.0 @ 4.2 GHz);
  • cooling device: Noctua NH-D15 (two fans NF-A15 PWM, 140 mm, 1300 rpm);
  • motherboard: MSI X99S MPower (Intel X99);
  • Memory: G.Skill F4-3200C14Q-32GTZ (4×8 GB, DDR4-3200, CL14-14-14-35);
  • system unit: Kingston SSDNow KC400 (256 GB, SATA 6 Gb / s);
  • additional drive: WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX (3 TB, SATA 6Gb / s, 5400 rpm);
  • power supply: Raidmax Cobra RX-800AE;
  • monitor: ASUS PB278Q (2560×1440, 27 ");
  • operating system: Windows 10 Pro x64;
  • Driver GeForce GTX 1650: NVIDIA GeForce 430.39;
  • Other GeForce drivers: NVIDIA GeForce 419.67;
  • Radeon driver: AMD Adrenalin Edition 19.3.1.

The test was performed with a resolution of 1920×1080 according to the method described above.

Test results

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Two MSI video cards show identical results in the nominal, but after the acceleration of the game it is clearly faster. Furthermore, beginners surely ignore the younger version of the GeForce GTX 1060, which is associated with a small amount of memory from an opponent. But it's worth noting that the Radeon RX 570 with 4 GB shows lower fps. So the GeForce GTX 1650 is the best solution for Odyssey.

Assassin & # 39; s Creed Origins

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Even three gigabytes of memory is not enough in Origins, but the results of the GeForce GTX 1060 are not much worse than the GeForce GTX 1650. However, the new video card still shows the best fps and MSI Gaming is slightly faster than Ventus in the # 39; overclocking.

Battlefield 1

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

In Battlefield 1, the meager difference between the two MSIs in nominal. After overclocking, Gaming wins 3% of users, getting as close as possible to the performance of the GeForce GTX 1060. The leader is Radeon RX 570.

Battlefield v

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

In this game, we note a serious instability of the results of the Radeon RX 570, probably due to insufficient memory. And the 3 GB GeForce GTX 1060 memory capacity also plays the role of a bottleneck. Therefore, the GeForce GTX 1650 shows similar results with rivals. The MSI-accelerated versions are practically identical, but after overclocking, the game gets a 3% advantage and shows the maximum result among the participants.

Far cry 5

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

The MSI mates demonstrate the same fps in Far Cry 5. The backlog of GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 570 is about 11%. The game closes this gap by increasing the frequencies, exceeding the forced Ventus by 5%.

Final fantasy XV

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Standard alignment of forces in Final Fantasy. The new GeForce is a bit lower than the Radeon RX 570, the difference with the GeForce GTX 1060 is greater. But the game after acceleration gets an acceleration of 15%, completely recovering the older opponent.

Grand Theft Auto 5

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

In GTA5, the MSI GTX 1650 Gaming X video card is comparable to the Radeon RX 570, although its competitors have a minimum Fps drawdown. The overclock allows you to get closer to the performance of GeForce GTX 1060.

Only cause 4

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

The hero of the review at factory frequencies bypasses the Radeon RX 570, but the gap is rather small. The overclocking offers a higher acceleration than 11%, allowing you to overcome GeForce GTX 1060.

Subway exodus

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Both MSI GeForce GTX 1060s lose 6-11% for AMD rivals. Overclocking allows MSI Gaming to get higher rates.

Resident evil 2

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

Based on the results in Resident Evil 2 it is necessary to provide some explanations. On video cards with a small amount of memory, serious slowdowns are possible. On the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, three starts and the sequential turning on and off of shadow caching were needed to stabilize the results. Therefore, the final fps seems to be good, but in reality you can not do without delays, and even the Radeon RX 570 with 4 GB does not have everything smooth. In this case, the AMD representative is still in the lead by a large margin. And the GeForce GTX 1650 suddenly shows the results of the GeForce GTX 1060 level, but this is clearly due to the extra gigabyte of memory. MSI Gaming slightly bypasses MSI Ventus and, after overclocking, the difference between them is 3%.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

The game limits the frame rate, so it is difficult to assess the full potential of video cards. But at the same time it is clear that the GeForce GTX 1650 is inferior to the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 570, although the overclocking all leads to the same level of performance.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

In Tomb Raider, two MSI options show the same fps, but in game overclocking, they are 3% faster. The increase in frequencies allows you to bypass GeForce GTX 1060 3GB and Radeon RX 570 4GB.

Strange brigade

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

NVIDIA video adapters cannot compete with Radeon RX 570 in the Strange Brigade. At the same time, the GeForce GTX 1650 loses the GeForce GTX 1060 only in terms of average frame rate and overclocking allows you to get a full advantage over the old.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

In Witcher 3, the review's hero loses GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 570 by about 13-20%. The acceleration accelerates the game by 14%, allowing you to get closer to the results of older rivals.

The Clancy & # 39; s The Division 2

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

The new part of The Division is faster in DirectX 12 on the AMD video card, but the NVIDIA solutions show the best results in DirectX 11. The GeForce GTX 1650 easily captures the GeForce GTX 1060 increasing the frequencies, and the game gets even an advantage . In this case, the hero of the review takes the lead in DirectX 11.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

A similar situation with the maximum settings. Increasing the frequencies puts the game ahead, which at the same time shows a 5% advantage over the accelerated Ventus.

3DMark Time Spy

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

MSI Gaming X is 4% faster than the simple GeForce GTX 1650 and only 7% weaker than the GeForce GTX 1060. The overclocking acceleration is 14%, which is 5.5% higher than to the result of Ventus. Increasing the frequencies again brings the game to the command.

Energy consumption

Below are the results of the modification of the overall power consumption of the test PC with different graphics cards.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G

The increase in the power limit and the additional power supply imply an increase in energy consumption. According to MSI Gaming X tests, the nominal value is more voracious than MSI Ventus in overclocking. The hero of the review is comparable to the younger version of the GeForce GTX 1060. But you should not match it with the old GeForce GTX 1060 6GB – you need the appropriate measurements. But even this version of the GeForce GTX 1650 is much cheaper than the Radeon RX 570.

results

As we noted in the first review of the GeForce GTX 1650, this is the best video card among 128-bit budget solutions. The new NVIDIA is slightly inferior to the 3 GB GeForce GTX 1060 and the 4 GB Radeon RX 570, capable of overclocking. At the same time, the GeForce GTX 1650 has lower energy consumption and lower temperature. The MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X graphics card has a good factory overclock, but the real advantage over MSI Ventus is poor – probably the overall potential is partially hindered by the standard memory frequency. The increase in Gaming's energy consumption partially puts one of the main advantages of this series in the foreground, but it is still a cold and cheap video card. High quality PCBs, additional power and a higher power limit offer more overclocking opportunities. And all these opportunities translate into a real advantage, after Gaming accelerates by 3-5% faster than Ventus. If we start from the initial execution of a simple version of GeForce GTX 1650, the overclocked game gets an additional 15-20% performance. In today's reality, this is a serious acceleration, as the overclocking potential of many NVIDIA video cards is often measured at around 10%. Another important advantage is the powerful cooling system. The video card can easily be called silent and cold, both in nominal mode and after overclocking. MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X will provide maximum performance in this series with excellent thermal / noise characteristics.

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