If we’re talking about budget, we normally direct to entry-level video cards and today, we have one of the most affordable graphic cards in the market, the Palit GTX 1650 StormX.
Priced at ₱7,680, Palit focused on performance rather than aesthetics on this dual display option with its single fan cooling solution.
|Model||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650|
|Core Clock||1485 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1665 MHz|
|Manufacturing Process||12 nm|
|Memory Clock||2000 MHz|
|Memory Bus Width||128-bit|
|Memory Capacity||4 GB|
|Display||Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 2.0b|
The Palit GTX 1650 StormX comes in a regular-sized box and includes a quick set up guide and software DVD.
The Palit GTX 1650 StormX is a tiny looking graphics card that is under 6-inches since it only comes with a single fan. Palit did not worry about placing a backplate anymore. Despite its size, this takes about two slots. Since it is a 75W TDP card, the power is provided by the PCIe connector alone
The display options also come limited providing only an HDMI, a single DVI port and a DisplayPort. Giving limited options but still sticking to its intended purpose which is to serve the masses.
|CPU||Intel Core-i7 10700|
|Motherboard||AsRock Z490 Steel Legend|
|Cooler||iCUE H100i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler|
|Memory||Corsair 4 x 8GB Vengeance Pro 3600MHz|
|GPU||Palit GTX 1650 StormX|
|Storage||WD SN500 500GB|
|Case||Corsair 4000D Airflow|
|PSU||CORSAIR HX1200i Platinum|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro|
On these, you will see the average FPS, 1% percentile FPS and 5% percentile FPS. Being that I play Valorant and Dota 2. I thought of starting my benchmarks with these 2 games considering that the Palit 1650 StormX is an entry-level card. Also, these would be a really good representation of the performance free-to-play titles would be able to give as it is one of the most demanding games in the variety.
On Valorant, we set the FPS to take a maximum of 240 and luckily, without changing any of my settings, it was able to produce 215fps average while still maintaining a 143.8fps 1% percentile. The 1% percentile is a representation of what my FPS was at the 1st percentile of the recording and the same with the 5% percentile.
As you would see on the Dota 2 game plays sequence taken from OG vs. Liquid TI9 grand finals replay that happened between 28:30 to 29:30, the Palit StormX 1650 was able to maintain 136.8fps on 1080p and a decent 93.2 fps while on 1440p resolution. Despite being an entry-level card, the settings I set were on Best Looking and was able to perform at more than acceptable speeds.
I then went on to testing a more graphically demanding game which is Grand Theft Auto 5. While testing on both 1080p and 1440p, the Palit GTX 1650 StormX shows that it is a very much capable performer at even a 1440p resolution despite the Very High graphic settings. The card was able to push the frames beyond 100fps.
While testing this card, I used HWMonitor to check the temperatures and I was able to maintain a 35°C on the card while idle and about 65°C while on load.
Partner your Palit GTX 1650 with the Corsair K60 RGB Pro Viola Switch Keyboard
All-in-all the Palit GTX 1650 StormX is priced right at P7680 for some local retailers making it one of the easiest ways to experience G-Sync compatible displays and still perform wonderfully at 1080p gaming. The GTX 1650 is also best for SFF builds thanks to its size. With its price, it still remains at one of the top-performing cards at the best affordable price for 1080p gaming.