A successor to the GTX 1050, the GTX 1650 is Nvidia’s current-generation Turing-based entry-level GPU. With the new architecture come new features and a significant step-up in performance compared to the previous-generation Pascal card.
And in this article, we’ll be going over a few of the very best GTX 1650 models that are available at the moment, and we’ll see which of these is the best pick for 2020!
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ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650
About the Graphics Card
First, we have a graphics card from Zotac, or Zotac Gaming, as they have re-branded themselves. The card in question is a highly compact and affordable single-fan card that is bound to appeal to those who are pinching pennies or are simply looking to build a Mini ITX gaming PC.
The card features an angular matte black shroud which looks surprisingly good, giving it a bit of “gaming” flair without being too conspicuous. It is cooled by a single fan and uses a small sunflower heatsink which is easy to clean and is quite adequate for this type of GPU.
As mentioned above, this card is a perfect fit for gamers who are:
Overall, it performs well, looks good, and there are no major design flaws to speak of, at least none that Zotac is to blame for. Our main qualm with this graphics card is the very same one that we have with every other GTX 1650 model, and it’s that they cost a bit more than they should.
- Compact design
- Solid performance
- Pricey for a barebones GPU
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650
About the Graphics Card
Moving on, we get to another recognizable name – Gigabyte – and their GTX 1650 is a slightly pricier variant of this GPU, but it also comes with better cooling. Namely, not only is it cooled by two fans, but it also comes with a significantly larger heatsink, which aids with heat dissipation.
As far as the design is concerned, it is not radically different from Zotac’s approach – we’re looking at a simple black shroud with some minor details that keep it from looking “boring” without making it too conspicuous.
With the text above in mind, the Gigabyte GTX 1650 offers slightly better cooling compared to the Zotac one, and it does so at what is virtually the same price point. Granted, the difference in performance isn’t spectacular but if you don’t care about compactness, then this card would definitely be a better choice, as it performs a bit better and is a bit quieter, too.
- Dual-fan cooling
- Large heatsink
- Relatively pricey
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650
About the Graphics Card
Up next, we have a more serious graphics card, and it’s the MSI GTX 1650. This is another dual-fan card with a design that takes after the rest of the current-gen MSI graphics cards – a detailed matte black shroud and large Torx 3.0 fans. It definitely looks beefier than either of the previous two models, but is it really?
There’s no denying it, the MSI GTX 1650 looks great, just like the rest of the MSI Gaming lineup, and it doesn’t disappoint on the cooling front either – the cooling is not significantly better than the Gigabyte card but the Torx fans are near-silent, and lower noise generation is always a plus. However, it doesn’t do much to justify the high price.
That said, the pricing still remains the primary issue with this GTX 1650. It is a high-quality graphics card, sure, but it just doesn’t constitute that big of a step up in terms of performance compared to the other models, and certainly not compared to some competing GPUs (more on that below).
- Great, near-silent cooling
- Appealing design
How To Pick the Right GPU
Is the GTX 1650 Worth It?
You’ve definitely noticed that pricing is an issue that we have brought up with each of the cards listed here, and there’s a good reason for that. To put it bluntly, the GTX 1650 just doesn’t offer good value for your money, and now we’ll briefly explain why.
Namely, there are better GPUs out there that offer better bang for your buck. We’re talking mainly about the AMD Radeon RX 570 which, while a bit dated, offers better performance at this price point and comes with twice as much VRAM – 8 GB, as opposed to the 4 GB of the GTX 1650. This ultimately makes it a better, more future-proof choice, especially now that VRAM requirements are going upward.
The only thing that the GTX 1650 does better than the RX 570 is power consumption, as the new Turing architecture is way more power-efficient than the aging 14nm Polaris architecture used by the RX 570. Still, if you’re a gamer, chances are performance is more important to you than power consumption.
The Best GTX 1650 For 2020
So, at the end of the day, if you do decide to go with a GTX 1650 instead of an RX 570, be it because of the power consumption, the software features, or just because of availability, which should you pick?
Obviously, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to PC components, and while the differences between these three budget graphics card models aren’t all that significant, they should still be taken into account.
So, we’d say:
- The Zotac GTX 1650 is the best budget pick and also the best pick if you’re building a compact PC.
- The Gigabyte GTX 1650 offers the best value, since it comes with a solid dual-fan cooler and is only barely more expensive than the MSRP.
- The MSI GTX 1650 is the ‘premium’ choice due to slightly better cooling and due to having a quality build