NVIDIA’s intentions to present the GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card based on the TU106 graphics processor with partially disabled function blocks have been discussed for a long time, and at the end of June the GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra debuted in the performance of GALAX. As it turns out, thanks for this need a high demand for laptops, generated by self-isolation.
Site editor Igor’s LAB turned to sources among manufacturers of video cards and personal computers to better understand the reasons for the appearance of the GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra based on the TU106-125 graphics processor, borrowed from the GeForce RTX 2060. In the Asian market, there has been a sharp increase in demand for laptops with discrete NVIDIA graphics on based on video chips, the TU117-300 emptied its inventory, and it became impossible to produce desktop graphics cards GeForce GTX 1650 “according to the classic recipe”.
NVIDIA got out of the situation quite simply by sending older TU106-125 GPUs, on which the GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra graphics cards are based, to address the deficit. Such a “transplantation” has both its pros and cons. The latter include the TDP value increased from 75 to 90 watts, since the “redundant” function blocks, although disabled, are present on the GPU and require power supply. The advantages of the new version of the GeForce GTX 1650 include the presence of the NVENC decoder, which retained its functionality.
According to GALAX representatives, whose comments are cited by the source, the GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra based on TU106-125 are designed for the Chinese market, where they are called to solve the shortage of the original versions of the GeForce GTX 1650 in a limited time. After completing their mission, the GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra is certain to will even leave the Chinese market.
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