GALAX announces GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra: TU106 GPU, 4GB GDDR6, 90W TDP

The new GALAX GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra has less GPU cores than GTX 1650 SUPER.

| Jun 30, 2020 at 12:31 am CDT

GALAX has just unveiled a new graphics card, with the reveal of their new GALAX GTX 1650 Ultra graphics card that is based on the TU106 GPU.

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The TU106 GPU is the chip that powers NVIDIA's higher-end GeForce RTX 2070, but the company has cut 61.1% of the CUDA cores away from it. GALAX's new GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra uses the TU106-125 variant, which has 896 cores while the TU106-400 inside of the RTX 2070 has 2304 cores.

GALAX's new GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra is a sub-variant of the GTX 1650 GDDR6 model, which virtually identical specifications. NVIDIA doesn't actively advertise these cards, btu they can be found in drivers where Device IDs identify different GPUs.

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It's a strange release when you consider the GTX 1650 GDDR6 model has identical specs outside of the GPU used. The normal GTX 1650 GDDR6 uses the TU117-300 GPU -- identical specs to this new GTX 1650 Ultra card -- yet a 75W TDP compared to the new GTX 1650 Ultra and its larger 90W TDP.

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There is one part of this that I love: seeing a GeForce card with the ULTRA moniker again. I really want NVIDIA to bring back the ULTRA branding to compete again with AMD's upcoming next-gen RDNA 2-based Radeon graphics cards, with the purported GeForce RTX 3090 actually being the GeForce RTX 3090 ULTRA.

Awww yeah.

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