Palit has launched a fanless version of the GeForce GTX 1650 called the KalmX. The card retains the full standard specification for a card in its class and a clock speed of 1485 MHz base and 1665 MHz boosted, but it does all this while being cooled purely by a radiator instead of using fans. Passive cooled graphics cards have been something of rarity in recent years, with liquid cooling the only alternative for a lot of the more aggressive cards around. With this generation seeing some more power efficient cards the passive cooler could be due for a comeback.
The heatsink that is doing all the work is a dual heatpipe design that covers the GPU and VRM. There is no additional power requirement, the card runs purely from the power coming from the PCI-E slot, and has only a 75W TDP.
The KalmX heatsink is somewhat larger than the standard for this type of card, so it takes an extra slot, and because it’s sitting there essentially stewing in its own heat rather than blowing it anywhere it is advisable to give it some room. Having a well cooled case is also a must for this sort of cooling.
Palit has not yet released the price for the GTX 1650 KalmX.