NVIDIA seems to have quietly released a new GeForce GTX 1650 into the graphics card market. What makes this variant of the GTX 1650 different, you ask? Well, this version of the entry-level graphics card has been fitted with GDDR6 memory as opposed to GDDR5.
When asked about its decision to bump up the graphics memory format, NVIDIA said that this was due to a global shortage of GDDR5 memory. As such, the GPU brand made the decision to transition the product into GDDR6.
Apart from the upgrade in graphics memory format, the GTX 1650’s specs remain largely unchanged; the card still comes with 896 Turing-powered CUDA cores, 56 TMU, and 32 ROPs. Its also still comes with 4GB of graphics memory, but with the new GDDR6 format, that memory is running at a frequency of 12Gbps instead of 8Gbps. Across a 128-bit memory bus.
Oddly enough, tunning on GDDR6 memory seems to have led NVIDIA to dial down the clockspeeds of the new GTX 1650. The new version can now run at a base clock of 1410Mhz and a boost clock of 1590MHz. Versus the original 1485MHz and 1665MHz base and boost clocks of the original GTX 1650 with GDDR5. A possible explanation for this could be that NVIDIA doesn’t want the card to cannibalise the sales of its GTX 1650 Super, which also runs on GDDR6 memory.
At this point, there’s still no word as to when the new GDDR6-powered GeForce GTX 1650 cards will be hitting the market. That said, ZOTAC appears to have a GTX 1650 based on the new memory format, with its performance being slightly better than its GDDR5 counterpart.