Nvidia has launched their newest line of GPUs, including their new entry level GTX 1650. Let’s see how the new GTX 1650 fares with other GPUs.
The green team has launched their 16 series line of GPUs that are based on their newest Turing architecture. These new GPUs are targeted towards the lower end of the market and is great for budget gamers. The 16 series cards available in the market right now are the GTX 1650, GTX 1660, and the GTX 1660 Ti.
GTX 1650 Specs
The GeForce GTX 1650 was launched on April 23, 2019 and is Nvidia’s current generation entry level GPU. It has a base core clock of 1485 MHz and a boost core clock of 1665 MHz on the non-OC variant cards. They also have 4GB of GDDR5 type memory with a TDP of 75 W. The architecture of the GTX 1650 is based on Turing microarchitecture, the same architecture used by the higher end RTX series cards. You can purchase the GTX 1650 for around $150.
In 2019 most gamers are running 1080p resolution displays. The GTX 1650 can game at 1080p and it actually handles it pretty well. The GTX 1650 easily beats the GTX 1050 Ti, Nvidia’s previous 1080p budget card. The 1650 just pumps out higher frame rates compared to the 1050 Ti and is no question a better buy because of the same price range.
Green Team Vs Red Team
If you are a solid Nvidia fan and want nothing but the green team, then go ahead and buy the GTX 1650 as it is definitely your best choice under $200. But if you are just a budget gamer and is looking for the best bang for your buck GPU you can buy, then wait a minute as AMD might have some better options for you. Due to some price cuts, the red team has a few GPUs under $200 that are available right now, the RX 570 (4 GB and 8 GB variant) and the RX 580. All of which are overall more powerful and can push more frames than the GTX 1650. Given that these cards are now around 2 years old but they still handle 1080p gaming very well and can battle it out with other similarly priced cards.
The closest GTX 1650 AMD equivalent, is the RX 570 4GB. Though it is an overall more powerful card than the GTX 1650 with some similar specs. The RX 570 4GB has a base core clock of 1168 MHz and boost clocks of 1244 MHz, it also has 4GB of DDR5 memory, and a TDP of 120 W. It is currently available for around $120. It overall pushes out more frames than the GTX 1650, though the GTX 1650 does beat it in a few games mostly because of the higher clock speeds. The GTX 1650 also has a smaller form factor, is more energy efficient and can run cooler.
There is no denying how powerful the GTX 1650 is and that it is definitely a great budget card. The GTX 1650 can still run 1080p 60 FPS on most games if you adjust some settings. It is still overall a great buy however in my opinion, the RX 570 4GB is the better buy. The GTX 1650 retails for around $150 while the RX 570 4GB is available at only around $120, a difference of $30. That $30 is huge for budget gamers and people who want the most out of their money. You can easily use that $30 on your other components without having to lose much, if not gain any more GPU power. If you have some extra money to spend though, the RX 580 is also available for around $180 and is way more powerful than the GTX 1650.
To me there is honestly just no point in buying the GTX 1650 if you are just looking for the best bang for your buck GPU. I do see a use for the GTX 1650 since it is a low profile card and low energy card as well, some don’t even need a 6-pin connector, it can be a great card to buy for small form factor cases or some PCs with no 6-pin connectors. It is also a newer card, based on newer architecture and that is one of its selling points. So, if you are just looking for the best bang for your buck GPU, the RX 570 4GB is definitely for you, but if you want a newly released GPU based on new architecture, go ahead and buy the GTX 1650.