The GTX 1650 is a decent budget GPU but the RX 570 offers better performance at the same price point.
If the likes of the high-end RTX 20-series cards are too expensive and if even the cheaper GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti are beyond your budget, chances are you were waiting for a truly affordable budget Nvidia card.
When the GTX 1650 launched, it was the most affordable Turing card and people were understandably excited. So, how does it actually perform and is it any good? More importantly, is it worth your hard-earned cash?
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As you can see from the most important specs listed above, the GTX 1650 doesn’t really look spectacular for a 2019 GPU. Not that you should expect a $150 GPU to blow your mind with on-paper specifications anyway. So, how does it actually fare in practice?
Well, the GTX 1650 provides a substantial performance boost compared to the previous-generation GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti, so it’s a definite step-up from the budget Pascal GPUs of yesteryear. It is a solid 1080p card that can be squeezed for some extra performance with a proper cooler and it has very low power consumption.
However, it is definitely disappointing in the memory department, as the card has only 4GB of GDDR5 RAM. Sadly, this won’t really cut it with 2020 video game graphics and it certainly won’t be able to handle resolutions higher than 1080p in more demanding games.
That said, the GTX 1650 is a decent budget card in its own right, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Considering its current pricing and the competition, we just can’t recommend it to anyone as a first choice. Which brings us to our next point…
Value – Nvidia GTX 1650 vs AMD Radeon RX 570
For a long time, Nvidia has dominated the high-end while AMD offered better value in the low-end and the mid-range. And this hasn’t changed with the latest budget Turing GPUs.
The primary competitor of the GTX 1650 is the Radeon RX 570, a Polaris-based AMD card that simply blows it out of the water on nearly all fronts. It offers better performance and there are both 4 GB and 8 GB variants of this GPU. Plus, its GDDR5 memory uses a 256-bit interface as opposed to the 128-bit one used by the GTX 1650. Most importantly, it costs about as much as the GTX 1650 and many models can now easily be caught at a discount.
As you can see from the above Rock Paper Shotgun benchmark, the RX 570 can offer substantially better performance compared to the GTX 1650, though the performance understandably differs from game to game. You can check out a more thorough comparison of the two GPUs on Game Debate.
Of course, the RX 570 is not a perfect GPU either, as it is roughly twice as power hungry as the GTX 1650, which is due to the dated 14nm Polaris architecture. Even so, most gamers will agree that the performance and the overall value offered by the RX 570 more than make up for its extra power consumption.
So, all things considered, we’d have to say: no, the GTX 1650 is just not worth buying as long as there are Radeon GPUs out there that offer better value for your money.
As mentioned above, it is a decent GPU, but there is virtually no reason to choose it over the more powerful RX 570. Sure, there’s Nvidia’s proprietary features, but if you’re looking to get the most out of your investment with a budget gaming PC, we’d say the extra power trumps stuff like Ansel or G-Sync (what with G-Sync monitors being fairly expensive in their own right).
Alternatively, if you can squeeze in a few extra dollars, you could get an RX 580 or even the RX 590, as all of them are readily available at relatively low prices.