The GTX 1650 Super is a very noteworthy graphics card – not because of any major new innovations or features, but simply because it offers very good value for your money.
Needless to say, that isn’t what Nvidia has been known for in recent years, especially in the lower price ranges. As such, the GeForce GTX 1650 Super came as quite a pleasant surprise, and it is a highly appealing budget GPU in 2020.
Now, if you’re thinking about getting a GTX 1650 Super but aren’t quite sure which model to pick, here is our selection of the best GTX 1650 Super graphics cards for 2020!
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The 5 Best GTX 1650 Super Graphics Cards in 2020
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PNY GeForce GTX 1650 Super
The first card on the list is a fairly unimpressive model from PNY, a company perhaps best known for offering simple and budget-friendly versions of the latest GPUs.
The first thing you’ll notice about this PNY GTX 1650 Super is its ridiculously compact PCB and single-fan cooler with a simple shroud that still manages to help the card come across as a gaming product despite its diminutive frame.
Now, despite its small size and basic cooling, the PNY GTX 1650 Super can still hit considerable clock speeds, but this obviously comes at a price – it runs hotter than most cards and has higher noise generation. That said, it can’t compete with most models when it comes to performance, so why is it on this list?
Well, the reason why we’re mentioning this particular model is because of its compact size, which will be great for those who want to build a Mini ITX gaming PC. But if you’re not going for a small form-factor case, then its best to read on, as there are other cards that offer better performance at the same price point.
- Extremely compact
- Decent shroud design
- Runs very hot and loud
- Not cheaper than the competition
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super
Moving on, we have a very similar solution coming from Asus – the TUF GTX 1650 Super. Compared to PNY’s take on the GTX 1650 Super, the Asus TUF model is slightly larger but still very compact, which also makes it a good pick for smaller cases.
Notably, the design features a heftier shroud but also a backplate, which isn’t very usual for graphics cards in this price range. Also, unlike the PNY model, this one features dual-fan cooling, and though the fans might be fairly small, the card manages to offer slightly better performance than the previous offering from PNY, all the while it looks better to boot.
But still, the Asus TUF GTX 1650 Super suffers from the same issues as other compact cards, that is to say, high temperatures and loud fans. In the end, it is the prime choice for those who still want a compact card but want one that finds a better balance between size, design, and performance compared to the PNY model.
- Compact design
- Solid shroud and backplate
- Runs hot and loud under load
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Super Windforce OC
Next, we get to something a bit more serious when it comes to performance – the Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super Windforce OC.
While still relatively compact overall, this card is heftier than either of the previously mentioned models, featuring a black shroud like most other Gigabyte models and much like the Asus TUF variant, it also comes with a backplate that lends it a more premium feel that we’re not quite used to seeing in budget graphics cards.
But of course, it’s not just about appearances, and the namesake Windforce fans do a great job at keeping the card cool without being too loud. While the factory boost clock of 1755 MHz isn’t quite as good as the TUF’s 1800 MHz, this card can be pushed beyond 1900 MHz with some tweaking, so it can offer slightly better performance.
So, seeing as it comes at the same price point as the previous two models, this is obviously the better pick if you want good performance in a full-sized GTX 1650 Super that doesn’t goo too far above the MSRP.
- Decent overclocking potential
- Sleek black design
- Factory boost clock could be higher
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super
Here, we get to another prominent graphics card manufacturer, MSI, and their excellent MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super.
We’re probably speaking for a number of people when we say that MSI’s new design philosophy is much more appealing than that seen in their earlier models, as their black-and-gray shrouds make for much more neutral solutions compared to the flashy exteriors with red highlights that often made MSI cards come across as somewhat cheap in the past. Granted, this particular model only has basic RGB lighting, but that’s understandable considering the price.
Performance-wise, the MSI GTX 1650 Super doesn’t disappoint either, as the Twin Torx 3.0 fans do a great job at keeping the card cool while being remarkably quiet, too, much more so than Gigabyte’s Windforce fans – about 10 dB quieter, in fact! Granted, it has the same factory boost clock of 1755 MHz, but due to its superior cooling, it can be pushed beyond 2000 MHz.
All in all, the MSI Gaming GTX 1650 Super is possibly the best GTX 1650 Super currently available, as it pretty much has it all – a neutral design, excellent cooling, and good overclocking performance, all the while it is only $10 more expensive than any of the models we’ve mentioned before.
- Excellent cooling
- Good overclocking performance
- RGB lighting
- Unimpressive boost clock
- A tad pricier than the competition
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1650 Super
And for the final entry, we have yet another graphics card from Asus, only this one comes from their Republic of Gamers brand – the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1650 Super.
The first thing that you might notice is that Asus didn’t really update their design in years, so their GTX 1650 Super features the same shroud that you would have seen in other budget and mid-range models a few years back. Again, it features basic RBG lighting, which is understandable at this price point.
Now, while the Strix lineup may need a makeover, this model offers some of the best cooling that you can get in a GTX 1650 Super. With a hefty 1860 MHz clock that can be tweaked almost up to 2100 MHz, it’s obvious that this is the go-to card if you want the best performance that you can get out of a GTX 1650 Super.
Now, as is usually the case with RoG products, it’s a bit pricier than the competition, currently going for about $190, which makes it some $20 more expensive than the cheaper models, but if you want to squeeze as much performance as you can out of your GTX 1650 Super, then this is the model to go with.
- Efficient cooling
- Some of the best performance in a 1650 Super
- RGB lighting
- A bit pricey
- Dated design
How To Pick the Right Card For Your Needs
Now, there are a few things to consider when you’re shopping for a new GPU i.e. if you’re trying to find the ideal version of one particular GPU. So, here are the key factors to keep in mind!
As mentioned before, smaller cards are obviously the way to go if you want to build a compact Mini ITX PC, but most people won’t be doing that and will instead go with a Mid Tower or Mini Tower case. But even with the more spacious cases, a graphics card could still be too large to fit.
The two key dimensions to keep in mind if you want to make sure that your graphics card will fit inside your case are the length and the width of the card.
Some graphics cards are longer, either because they have a bigger cooler/heatsink or because they have a larger PCB. In either case, you should make sure there is enough room for the card and that it will not be obstructed by the HDD/SSD rack.
As for width, cards that have thicker heatsinks often end up taking up more vertical slots inside the case, which leads to two potential issues:
- They might obstruct some of the motherboard’s additional PCIe slots, thus preventing you from installing any additional PCIe expansion cards in those slots
- They might be too close to the bottom of the case, and even if there is enough room to fit the card, being too close to the bottom or to a bottom-mounted power supply could inhibit airflow and thus lead to higher temperatures and higher noise generation
These are issues that you’re unlikely to encounter in most cases, especially with the GTX 1650 Super, but checking the graphics card and case measurements can’t hurt.
Cooling – Types
Like any other component that generates excessive amounts of heat, graphics cards need active cooling, and modern graphics utilize one of the following types of cooling:
Open-air coolers are the most common, and all the graphics cards currently listed in this article utilize them. For the most part, open-air coolers are the best solutions for most gaming PCs because they feature better overall heat dissipation and can benefit more from case fans. The coolers themselves can feature up to three fans, though mid-range and budget models currently mainly come with one or two.
On the other hand, blowers have only one fan and a closed heatsink, expelling hot air out of the back of the card and out of the case, which makes them good for small cases with limited airflow. However, their high noise generation and lower overall cooling efficiency generally makes them inferior to open-air coolers.
Finally, liquid cooling is the most efficient when it comes to overclocking and maximizing heat dissipation. However, it is only really worthwhile with high-end cards, as these coolers are usually quite pricey and the performance boost that they’d provide a budget or mid-range card just isn’t worth the money.
In any case, there isn’t much need to think about this if you’re sticking with the GTX 1650 Super. As mentioned in the guide, the MSI and Asus models have the highest cooling efficiency and the lowest noise generation. So, if you want a cool and quiet card or a card that you can tweak and push further, those two should be your primary picks.
Is Overclocking Worth It?
Now that we have touched upon cooling, we have to consider overclocking. We’ve mentioned that the Asus RoG Strix GTX 1650 Super can be pushed almost as high as 2100 MHz, which is much higher than what most GTX 1650 Super models can do.
But how much extra performance can you really get from such a boost and is it worth the extra cash?
Well, generally speaking, an overclocked GPU can get you roughly 5-15% more frames per second compared to a card running with reference settings, but this will inevitably vary from game to game.
It could be a minor boost of only 2-3 frames in some more demanding games, but it could also constitute a solid boost if you’re playing less demanding eSports titles and want a more stable triple-digit framerate if you’re thinking about getting a 144 Hz monitor.
Conclusion – the Best GTX 1650 Super of 2020
At the end of the day, if we had to pick one of these models, we’d go with the MSI GTX 1650 Super, for all the reasons that we’ve previously mentioned – it has great overclocking performance, with cooling that is both very efficient and very quiet, all the while it is only $10 more expensive than the cheapest models currently available.
But of course, that is only our pick, and all of the models listed in this article have merits of their own, though we feel that the merits of MSI’s model are the most significant.