TU117 Silicon Shortage Makes NVIDIA Partners Use TU106 GPUs For GeForce GTX 1650
By Rounak Roy
April 8th, 2023 5:00PM IST
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Cards Are Now Shipping With TU106 GPUs Due To TU117 Silicon Shortages
One might wonder why the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card is one of the most discussed topic in 2023. It is purely a budget entry-level card with 4 Gigs of GDDR5 memory but despite all that the card is among the top 10 graphics cards as per Steam Survey Report.
It should be noted that while the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series GPUs utilize the Turing graphics architecture, they don't offer DLSS or hardware raytracing support. But the lack of such features can bring the prices down by a huge margin and under the sub-$100 US. As such, NVIDIA's AIBs, especially with APAC, may have found a need to repurpose the last remaining TU106 GPU dies in GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards, reports Board Channels Forums.
Outside the US, such as in China, companies will not stop the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU production. This could result in manufacturers to change the GPU die to a higher-performing TU106 or TU116 by locking down some aspects of the card. Users should not expect the new GPU die to offer any additional perks. The Board Channels report does not clarify if the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards will have GDDR5 or GDDR6 memory but memory specs are likely to remain the same unless they are talking about a completely new SKU.