We’re going to wrap things up with a game that isn’t really a visual barn-burner, but still tops the Steam charts day in and day out. We test Grand Theft Auto V ($30 on Humble) with all options turned to Very High, all Advanced Graphics options except extended shadows enabled, and FXAA. GTA V runs on the RAGE engine and has received substantial updates since its initial launch.
Power draw, thermals, and noise
We test power draw by looping the F1 2018 benchmark for about 20 minutes after we’ve benchmarked everything else and noting the highest reading on our Watts Up Pro meter. The initial part of the race, where all competing cars are onscreen simultaneously, tends to be the most demanding portion.
It’s no contest here. Nvidia’s power-sipping Turing architecture blows away AMD’s ancient Polaris GPUs, delivering performance on a par with the Radeon RX 580 for over 100 watts less. The GeForce GTX 1650 Super even stays well below the Radeon RX 570’s energy draw, despite firmly outpunching it.
We test thermals by leaving either AMD’s Wattman (for Radeon GPUs) or EVGA’s Precision X1 (for GeForce GPUs) open during the F1 2018 five-lap power draw test, noting the highest maximum temperature at the end.
Here’s where that vastly superior power efficiency comes into play. Both the GTX 1650 and the Radeon RX 580 we tested performed similarly, and both versions were killer ROG Strix variants—but the bulky triple-fan cooler on the RX 580 is much, much larger. Nonetheless, the tinier dual-fan ROG Strix GTX 1650 Super manages to stay cooler by a full 8 degrees Celsius, while running next to silent. This is a great GPU in a great graphics card.
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