- Budget friendly price: For the $200 mark you're getting a pretty damn kick ass performance.
- Fierce performance-per-dollar: At this price, you can get yourself some easy 1080p 60FPS gaming with some great-looking games, as well as 120FPS+ with some settings tuned in esports titles like Apex Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Rocket League and League of Legends.
- Runs SUPER cool: Seriously, just 61C under load and the fans barely even turn on most of the time. Brilliant.
- GDDR6 memory: Most of this success is due to the faster GDDR6 memory, so thanks GDDR6.
- Power efficient: Some of the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER graphics cards that MSI sell don't even need a PCIe power connector, this one does but it's a factory overclocked model and uses just a single 6-pin PCIe power adapter.
- No RTX/DLSS tech: But so what? It's a cheaper card that even if RTX and DLSS technologies were available, the card wouldn't be fast enough to provide good playable frame rates with RTX features turned on. Alternatively, 4GB of VRAM isn't enough to start cranking up DLSS either.
- 4GB VRAM: This is a bit hard -- as the card can perform above its weight in certain applications, but when its VRAM begins running out so too does the performance. Even up against older graphics cards like the Radeon RX 500 series, but they all have 8GB (there are some models with 4GB but I've only tested the 8GB models).
If you are in the market for a new budget beast that will be bound by its 4GB, but also unleashed by the GDDR6 memory and Turing GPU? The MSI GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER GAMING X is just for you.
You've got some great performance at 1080p which will put a smile on your dial, as well as the small 10% or so overclocking headroom and insane thermal performance that barely has the fans spooling up under gaming sessions. MSI comes through yet again with another champion TWIN FROZR cooled GAMING X variant in its GTX 1650 SUPER GAMING X.
The card does need to be a little cheaper, as the second hand market when it comes to older GTX 980/980 Ti and GTX 10 series. You can scoop one of those up on the cheap and have nearly everything the GTX 1650 SUPER offers. Except, there's some incredible efficiency here with the MSI variant in the GAMING X, but maybe 6GB of VRAM would've been a little better... eh, NVIDIA?
The Bottom Line
It might be limited by its 4GB of VRAM, but the upgrade to GDDR6 on the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is a big one. MSI's custom GTX 1650 SUPER GAMING X barely spins its fans - it runs that cool. Quality stuff from top to bottom.