What you need to know
- NVIDIA has moved to GDDR6 memory for its GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards.
- The move was prompted by a shortage of the GDDR5 memory the GTX 1650 relied on.
- Third-party graphics card makers, like Zotac and EVGA, have launched their updated cards.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card is getting a bit of a bump in the memory departments. The company has shifted the card's memory from GDDR5 to GDDR6, resulting in a bandwidth increase that should drive its performance up by a slight margin.
The reason for the shift is the interesting part, however. In a statement to PCGamer, and NVIDIA representative said there's simply a shortage of GDDR5 right now. "The industry is running out of GDDR5, so we've transitioned the product to GDDR6," the representative said.
Level Up With The EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SC ULTRA with GDDR6 Memory! Learn more here : https://t.co/2eGmLqf0kO pic.twitter.com/zkH6AyjOfXLevel Up With The EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SC ULTRA with GDDR6 Memory! Learn more here : https://t.co/2eGmLqf0kO pic.twitter.com/zkH6AyjOfX— EVGA (@TEAMEVGA) April 3, 2020April 3, 2020
As for the performance impact, we'll have to wait and see. However, an early review spotted by Videocardz points to a modest 6 percent boost, with memory bandwidth increasing from 128 GB/s to 192 GB/s.
If you're in the market for a new graphics card on the more affordable side of things, the updated GeForce GTX 1650 is on sale now for $180 and up. As always, have a look at our roundup of the best graphics cards available now.
Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to email@example.com.
GDDR5 is obsolete now anyway, no reason to still be using it, even for budget GPUs
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