Evidence suggests that a GDDR6 version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 could be in development
NVIDIA has already released five GTX 16 series desktop cards at the time writing, spanning the GTX 1650 to the GTX 1660 Ti with a few SUPER cards thrown in for good measure. You would be forgiven for thinking that would be the end for the GTX 16 series, what with Ampere on the way and all. However, that may not be the case.
Spotted by Videocardz on the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), multiple GDDR6 versions of the GTX 1650 have been trademarked by MSI. Registered on February 4, the application lists the following names:
- MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 GAMING X
- MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 GAMING
- MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 VENTUS XS OC
- MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 VENTUS XS
- MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 AERO ITX OC
- MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 AERO ITX
- MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6T LP OC
- MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6T LP
Presumably, a GDDR6 version of the GTX 1650 would sit between the original GDDR5 model and the GTX 1650 SUPER. The latter also features GDDR6 VRAM, and is one of the card's main upgrades from the original GTX 1650. It is worth noting that an EEC registration does not necessarily mean that a product will come to market, but it seems odd for MSI to have done so a few months after the announcement of the GTX 1650 SUPER.
Does NVIDIA need another low-end desktop graphics card? It already has a wealth of GTX 16 series cards against which to meet the challenge of AMD. Releasing another low-end SKU this late into a generation seems odd too, in our opinion.