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Bring some Kalm to your computing with the fanless Palit GTX 1650 KalmX

The Palit GTX 1650 KalmX silent graphics card. (Source: Palit)
The Palit GTX 1650 KalmX silent graphics card. (Source: Palit)
Palit has released the GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX, a compact NVIDIA GPU with a large passive heatsink. The new KalmX is the first OEM available fanless Turing card, which could fill a niche for media server encoding or living-room gaming.
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Palit has opted to use the TU117 (GTX 1650) graphics core rather than the newer TU116 (GTX 1650 Super), a decision that was likely made due to the lower TDP. This makes it easier to cool passively and allows the PCI-E slot to act as the sole power source.

The GTX 1650 KalmX uses a shortened PCB that allows it to fit into cube-style ITX cases. It manages to stay within the bounds of a two-slot design, but the heatsink extends well beyond the height of the external PCI slot cover, making it unsuitable for cases requiring low-profile cards. Dimensions are 178 x 138 x 38 mm (L x H x W).

The other fanless options which it will compete against include the Palit GTX 1050 Ti KalmX, several models of the GT 1030, and a few versions of the ancient Nvidia GT 730 and GT 710, or AMD R5 230. The latter three are only useful for basic video output in systems that lack an integrated GPU.

We see two primary uses for the GTX 1650 KalmX. The first is as an addition to a plex/emby media server to move transcoding duties away from the CPU — although the GTX 1650 doesn’t use the Turing NVENC encoder (see full specs) and Nvidia artificially limits GTX cards to two streams at a time. The second scenario is to fit into a lounge gaming PC where quietness is valued, and the longer viewing distance plus the types of games being played (e.g., Rocket League) make lower-powered cards running at medium settings more viable.

While the Palit GTX 1650 KalmX runs at stock speeds and sticks below a 75 W TDP, cases that have a fan positioned close to this card will possibly find more consistent performance in the warmer months. No retail pricing was available at the time of writing.

Rear profile of the Palit GTX 1650 KalmX fanless graphics card. (Source: Palit)
Rear profile of the Palit GTX 1650 KalmX fanless graphics card. (Source: Palit)
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Craig Ward, 2020-02- 9 (Update: 2020-02- 9)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.