A bit over 8 months after it all started, the tail-end of NVIDIA's GeForce Turing product stack launch is finally in sight. This morning the company is rolling out the latest GeForce Turing video card, the GeForce GTX 1650. Coming in at $ 149, the newest member of the GeForce family is set to bring the rear of the GeForce product stack, offering NVIDIA's latest architecture In a low-power, 1080p-with-compromises gaming video card with a budget-friendly price to match.
In very traditional NVIDIA fashion, the Turing launch has been a top-to-bottom affair. After launching the four RTX 20 series cards early in the cycle, NVIDIA's efforts in the last two months have been focused on filling in the back end of their product stack. Central to this is a design variant of NVIDIA's GPUs, the TU1
To date the GTX 16 series has been comprised of solely the GTX 1660 family of cards – the GTX 1660 (vanilla) and GTX 1660 Ti. Both of these were based on the TU116 GPU. However, today the GTX 16 series family is expanding, with the introduction of the GTX 1650 and the new Turing GPU powering NVIDIA's junior-sized card: TU117.
. The GeForce GTX 1660 is the underlying TU116 GPU served as our first glimpse at NVIDIA's mainstream product plans, the GeForce GTX 1650 is a much more pedestrian affair. The TU117 GPU is for all practical purposes a smaller version of the TU116 GPU, retaining the same core Turing feature set, but with fewer resources all around. Altogether, coming from the TU116 NVIDIA has shaved off one-third of the CUDA cores, one-third of the memory channels, and one-third of the ROPs, leaving a GPU that is smaller and easier to manufacture for this low-margin market. Set that 200mm2 in size and housing 4.7B transistors, TU117 is at no means a simple chip. In fact, it's exactly the same size as GP106 – the GPU at the heart of the GeForce GTX 1060 series – so that should give you an idea of how performance and transistor counts (slowly) cascaded down to cheaper products over the last few years.
At any rate, TU117 will be into numerous NVIDIA products over time. But for now, things start with the GeForce GTX 1650.