ASUS Unveils Low-Profile GeForce GTX 1650 Cardsby Anton Shilov on August 23, 2019 2:00 PM EST
ASUS has quietly added two low-profile GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards to its products lineup. The boards come with a dual-slot dual-fan cooling system and offer a similar set of essential display connectors.
Like other GTX 1650 cards, the ASUS GeForce GTX1650-4G-LP-BRK and the ASUS GeForce GTX1650-O4G-LP-BRK are based on NVIDIA’s TU117 GPU (896 CUDA cores) and are paired with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The two cards are nearly identical, with the O4G version featuring a factory overclock for a bit more performance. Both share the same PCB design with a DisplayPort 1.4 output, HDMI 2.0b port, and even a DVI-D port. They also use the same cooling system comprising of an aluminum heatsink, two IP5X-gradeed dust-resistant fans, and a protective backplate, a rare element in this price segment.
In terms of clockspeeds, the base model sports a boost clock of 1665/1695 MHz depending on the mode (Gaming/OC), whereas the factory overclocked O4G hits 1710/1740 MHz (~3% faster).
Since the cards consume no more than 75 W of power even when working in OC mode, they do not need an auxiliary PCIe power connectors, which means that they are compatible with entry-level desktops from well-known OEMs that usually do not have any spare power plugs inside. Furthermore, being small, energy-efficient, and supporting hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of HEVC (H.265) and VP9 video at 4Kp60 as well as HDR10, both cards are also well-geared for use in HTPCs.
As is often the case for a quiet, low-profile announcement, ASUS did not disclose recommended prices of the new cards. Keeping in mind that we are talking about mainstream products with some perks, expect them to cost slightly more than NVIDIA’s recommended $149.
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timecop1818 - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkNo 8K60P HEVC decode on Pascal/GTX1050/Quadro P series. Needs Turing 1650 minimum.
MenhirMike - Friday, August 23, 2019 - linkWould be nice if this was a GeForce 1660, because the 1650 doesn't have the Turing NVENC. Still, a better choice than the GeForce 1030 which doesn't even have Pascal's NVENC, and an alternative to the Radeon RX550/560 for Low Profile systems.
TheinsanegamerN - Friday, August 23, 2019 - linkNearly impossible. Going over 128 bit int he size of a LP cars is very costly and difficult to do, to my knowledge its only been done once, with the 7850 LP, and that was a super niche product that I never once saw in the wild.
Myrandex - Friday, August 23, 2019 - linkThat sounds surprising, I loved my AMD 4850 single slot card and that was a 256 bit bus, so I'd like to think if they could do that going Low Profile could be done for a 128 bit. I agree though I wish we saw more single slot designs esp for SFF use cases.
ajp_anton - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - linkBus width has nothing to do with it being single slot, as the PCB is still the same. On LP, the board is smaller, so less room for routing those 256 bits as well as the actual memory modules.
jeremyshaw - Friday, August 23, 2019 - linkAlso the low profile Nvidia 9800GT from Sparkle, many years go. 256bit bus, though it was GDDR3, likely without the wild GDDR5/x/6 routing/trace requirements.
DanNeely - Friday, August 23, 2019 - linkI'd assume half height would be doable at 256bit, but only by putting half the ram on the back of the card like was done in the past for some 16 ram chip cards.
SFF cards would really benefit from HBM prices dropping enough to be an option at mass market prices. Maybe someday...
Kevin G - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - linkIt'd be easier if the memory used was HBM. The RX Vega M chip used in Kaby Lake-G would have made for an excellent small form factor video card. I'm actually surprised that that die never found its niche as a desktop part.
lmcd - Sunday, August 25, 2019 - linkIt wasn't actually Vega, it was missing a bunch of features and was mostly a Polaris card from what I understand.
valinor89 - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - linkCan it be truly low profile when it seems to come with a full profile bracket? I imagine it can be changed. Else it would be sad, specially being a 2 slot card.