For our power testing, we used AIDA64 to stress the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 OC, then HWiNFO to monitor power use and temperatures.
After the stress test has ramped up the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 OC, we see it tops out at 68.2 Watts under full load and 5.7 Watts at idle. For entry-level graphics cards, the power usage shown is very good for systems in this class.
We wanted to quickly note here that without an additional 6/8-pin power connector and such a low power envelope, these GPUs can work well in edge applications with minimal power and power supply capacity.
A key reason that we started this series was to answer the cooling question. Blower-style coolers have different capabilities than some of the large dual and triple fan gaming cards. In the case of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 OC which uses two fans which exhaust hot air out a single port at the top of the graphics card into the chassis. Here is our temperature data:
Temperatures for the Gigabyte Gigabyte GTX 1650 OC show its large heatsink and dual fans are easily handling the cooling of this card. We maxed out at 61C under full loads and ran at 36C at idle on the desktop. Those are low figures helped by cooling well designed for the thermal output of the GPU.
Looking over our benchmark results we find that is most cases the GeForce GTX 1650 OC shows up at the bottom of our results. This is expected for an entry-level GPU of this type. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 OC also uses lower power and costs less than other GPUs on our chart, sometimes by large margins lowering TCO. There are many users where a card like the GeForce 1650 OC will be the only or their first option for GPU compute making it a great onramp device.
Aside from the upfront and ongoing cost savings, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 OC offers a few compelling compute cases. Without requiring external power, there are a wide arrange of edge servers that can use this GPU in short-depth chassis for edge inferencing and GPU compute.
In terms of a GeForce GTX 1650 implementation, Gigabyte’s version that we reviewed here is reasonably priced and has excellent cooling making it an easy recommendation.