Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 benchmarks and performance vs GeForce GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Apr 29, 2019 2:21 PM

Nvidia was rather clandestine with last week’s GeForce GTX 1650 launch, choosing to withhold third-party benchmarks and performance reviews until after the budget graphics cards hit store shelves.

Suffice to say, buying a graphics card before you know what it’s even capable of probably goes down as foolish endeavor, but you know what they say about a fool and his money. Nevertheless, the GeForce GTX 1650 is now out in the wild, which means we also have the game performance benchmarks for Nvidia’s latest yet not-quite-greatest.

If you’re weighing up your options in terms of budget and mid-tier graphics card upgrades, Nvidia’s now played most of its hands for this GTX 16 series generation. The new GeForce GTX 1650 comes in at the bottom of the heap for $149, then we have the $219 GeForce GTX 1660, and, finally, we have the $279 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Look any higher than that and you’ll find yourself with a premium GeForce RTX 20 Series GPU.

The GeForce GTX 1650 uses a TU117 GPU, offering dramatically reduced specs compared to the GTX 1660 and the GTX 1660 Ti, both of which use a variant of the TU116. 

GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card Specs

  GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 1650 GeForce GTX 1660 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Architecture GP106 TU117 TU116-300 TU116-400
Process 14nm 12nm 12nm 12nm
CUDA Cores 640 896 1408 1536
TMUs 40 56 80 96
ROPs 32 32 48 48
Base Clock 1354 MHz 1485 MHz 1530 MHz 1500 MHz
Boost Clock 1455 MHz 1665 MHz 1785 MHz 1770 MHz
Memory 2GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR6
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Memory Speed 7 GHz 8 GHz 8 GHz 12 GHz
Memory Bandwidth 112.1 GB/s 128 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 288 GB/s
Price $109 $149 $219 $279

Nvidia has been keen to espouse the GeForce GTX 1650 as a major performance leap over the GeForce GTX 950. But, well, that's a low-end 4-year-old graphics card so that shouldn't really even be in the discussion in 2019. What we're really interested in is how the GeForce GTX 1650 compares to the current crop of GeForce GPUs, and whether it's worth buying versus its more expensive brethren.

The GeForce GTX 1650 comes in at close to half the price of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, but what does mean for its cut-down performance? Here we take a look at expected frame rates when using these graphics cards at 1080p while playing the latest AAA PC titles.

GeForce GTX 1650 v GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming FPS Performance @ 1080p 

 As you'd expect, the GeForce GTX 1660 is clearly the faster graphics card, averaging frame rates of 69.7 FPS across all tested titles at 1080p/Ultra, while the GeForce GTX 1650 manages just 49.4 FPS. That's a 41% advantage in terms of real gaming performance for the GeForce GTX 1660, evidence aplenty that Nvidia's new pocket Turing isn't exactly a powerhouse.

In a number of benchmarks, the GTX 1650 actually pulls fairly close to the GTX 1660. Once you get to the VRAM hungry games such as Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, however, you really begin to see the $149 GeForce GTX 1650 begin to struggle comparison. Still, for $70 cheaper, you'd expect this to be the case. The GeForce GTX 1650 is a 1080p video card, but it's evidently not designed for 1080p/Ultra, and instead is better suited to Medium and High graphics presets.

GeForce GTX 1650 v GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming FPS Performance @ 1080p

And here we have an even more lopsided comparison. The $279 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti averages an impressive 80.5 FPS, offering 63% higher frame rates than the GeForce GTX 1650. It's a bit of a tonking, to be honest, but one graphics card is almost twice as expensive as the other. This provides ample evidence that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a fantastic 1080p video card and can hit 60 frames per second in almost every AAA game you throw at it.

GeForce GTX 16 Series Value For Money (Cost Per Frame)

That's the performance out of the way then, and it follows a totally predictable pattern. But what about which GeForce GTX 16 graphics card is the best value for money? Here we've taken the average frame rates achieved all benchmark tests by the GeForce GTX 1650, GeForce GTX 1660, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, calculating an average frame rate and then dividing the MSRP by this amount. Simple.

  GTX 1650 GTX 1660 GTX 1660 Ti
Average Frame Rate 49.42 FPS 69.74 FPS 80.54 FPS
Price $149 $219 $279
Cost Per Frame $3.00 $3.14 $3.46

As we often see, the cheaper the graphics card, the better the cost to performance ration. Usually, we see a sweet spot around the x60 GeForce cards though, offering great value paired with great performance. Due to the across the board price rises this generation (the GeForce GTX 1050 was $109), there really isn't that much difference in terms of cost per frame across the entire range of GTX 16 graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 1650 is, theoretically, the best value, but the GTX 1660 Ti is almost double the price yet offers nearly double the frame rates. It's not the night and day difference we were expecting, meaning none of these GPUs stands out from the pack as the pick of the bunch.

The end result is fairly simple for prospective GeForce owners - pay more and you'll be rewarded with a similar jump in frame rates. The value proposition does go down the higher you go, but not to any hugely consequential degree.

Are you going to pick up a GTX 1650?

Which graphics card is the best buy?

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12:43 Apr-30-2019

for my low budget gamers check out tech yes city he does some really amazing bang for the buck builds.

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12:31 May-01-2019

Yeah in a country where the second hand market is like in no other and they basically give away second hand parts...
You can't match the prices he gets almost anyhwere else...

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17:00 May-01-2019

i dont know i live in estonia with a population of 1.3mil and i could get the deals if i wanted...

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17:53 May-01-2019

Well lucky you, my second hand market prices are double to what he finds and often times even more expensive than that...

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22:24 Apr-29-2019

RX 570 gang &#603

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22:16 Apr-29-2019

I need the most powerful LP graphics card (withouth PSU power), but I'm holding off untill the 1650 Ti comes around the corner. ATi is not playing in this area.

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20:48 Apr-29-2019

Funny how this really should be compared to RX570, which costs less and leaves it behind in dust, unless you really look for nVidia biased stuff, where they are about the same. So 1650 as it is very terrible value, unless you terribly need something without power connectors and very low TDP...

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20:52 Apr-29-2019

..., though depending on the deal, you could get new PSU + RX570 for really marginal price difference. Like RX570 can be had for 120-130USD, if you hunt down good deals. So unless you have system where you can't replace PSU and just can't squeeze in bit hotter graphic card, you are better off with RX570.

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20:54 Apr-29-2019

As for 1660 vs 1660Ti, it is simple, 1660Ti might last you longer due to faster memory, evident by performance gains if you overclock 1660s slower memory. Though you could overclock 1660 to get 1660Ti performance, then again you can also overclock 1660Ti. So if budget is tight 1660, otherwise Ti is better.

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17:16 Apr-30-2019

With AMD Navi so close, i will say that is better to wait and see what they have to offer before picking the GTX 1660...

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20:13 Apr-29-2019

Well for desktop use it' pretty useless and bad card but for a "budget" gaming laptop it looks nice

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19:22 Apr-29-2019

Seems kinda pointless. When the RX 570 exists. But I guess it''s a newer card which is important to some people. Personally if I was shopping in this sort of budget I'd get a used 570.

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17:43 Apr-29-2019

Which graphics card is best buy?... a RX 570 that came out 3 YEARS ago and is still better price AND performance. Who is this card for?

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17:52 Apr-29-2019

for people that only know NVIDIA - quite a lot, sadly...
Just for reference, the RX570 is even cheaper than the GTX 1050ti - an obvious performance class down, if I may add..

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18:06 Apr-29-2019

127€ brand new and there is no lack of them in the second hand market....so why is this a graphics card?

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18:38 Apr-29-2019

This card is excellent for people who don't have good PSUs, or thsoe i5 2400-3470 + 8GB second hand OEMs for 100-150 euro that have a 300W PSU and no connectors.
You can make a great 1080p 60fps gaming pc with one of those OEMs for 250-300 euro.

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18:49 Apr-29-2019

Actually a 1650 will be bottlenecked by the 3 gen i5. Also a half decent psu are still cheaper(including a rx 570) than buying a gtx 1650. There is also no guarantee the oem will post with the 1650 or any other dedicated gpu. Bitwit on youtube tried it and it wasnt quite as plug and play as you would think.

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19:23 Apr-29-2019

Well I've done multiple with gtx 750ti's, gt 1030s and gtx 1050(ti)s and it works just well on those HP 8300-8400 OEMs.
Also a good PSU is 30-35 euro, the rx 570 is 140-145 euro, that's 170-180 euro and the gtx 1650 is 145-150 euro, so it is cheaper.
Also an i5 3470 might bottleneck it in some games, but it still gets 60fps and more in games like AC: Odysey, FC5, SotTR, BF5, Doom, NFS Payback and other modern games and for the price these OEMs are very good.

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19:39 Apr-29-2019

AND you get 10% more performance(with the rx570) building a low end pc every bit of performance counts. 20€ for 10% performance or more if you´re limited with the pci slot. Also if every buck is on the line just buy an oem+ok psu 30-40€ and rx 580 for around 100€. Blows this gpu out of the water.

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19:52 Apr-29-2019

that is true too, but I tend to stay away from used RX 400 and 500 cards as most are mined until near death.

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21:17 Apr-29-2019

no no, we're talking about a brand new one, for LESS than 149$

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16:26 Apr-29-2019

the gtx 1650 is a 200mm^2 die size GPU when 4GB of GDDR5 costs as much 6GB of GDDR5 did in 2016 and costs 150$ MSRP, the gtx 1060 is a 200mm^2 die size gpu with 6GB of GDDR5 Vram and costed 300$ MSRP in 2016 or 322$ MSRP in 2018 adjusted for inflation...
The gtx 1000 series GPUs were a money printing press for Nvidia, such high profit margins, the gtx 1600 series are actually really well priced and speced GPUs, that's what the gtx 1000 seires should have been in 2016...

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16:31 Apr-29-2019

Since the GPUs are almost identical in price/performance, just get whichever is in your price range, but the rx 570 just smokes the gtx 1650 in terms of price/perofrmance and in general price and performance, about 10$(7-8%) cheaper and 20% faster.

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18:05 Apr-29-2019

You just said "Nvidia" and "Really well priced" in the same sentence, that's a surprise for me.

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18:36 Apr-29-2019

Because they are, the 1600 series are actually well priced. Look at the die sizes and specs and then the prices.
The gtx 1660ti is what the gtx 1080 should have costed in 2016, the gtx 1660 is what the gtx 1070 should have costed in 2016 and the gtx 1650 is what the gtx 1060 should have costed in 2016 give or take 5-10%.


i think that 12nm/16nm wasn't efficient enough for them to make the gtx 1650 have 1024 cude cores(and all other specs accordingly) and be 20% more powerful while consuming only 75W, in which case it would have just been an excellent competition to the rx 570 and gtx 1060, but at only 75W and in a small form factor, running on small PSUs in OEMs and such.


There are i5 2400/i5 3470 + 8GB Ram OEMs second hand for 100-150 euro, add this 150 euro card and boom gamimg PC.

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00:03 Apr-30-2019

Makes me wish I didn't spend £400+ on this GPU now :,(

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05:25 Apr-30-2019

Well depends on when you bought it, 2-3 years ago you had no choice and back then the gtx 1070 was the best value gtx 1000 series so yeah.

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20:19 Apr-30-2019

December 2016, well at least I didn't spend £600+ for a 1080.

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12:35 May-01-2019

Well yeah you had no other choice and yes, much better buy than a gtx 1080.

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15:23 Apr-29-2019

There's no contest here, the 1660 Ti is clearly superior.

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16:26 Apr-29-2019

Though a slightly worse value.

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15:05 Apr-29-2019

I read some reviews and watched some videos, and it definitely seems like this card just sits nowhere. It's biggest positive is that it's a 75 watt GPU, but that price? You can get an RX570 + 2 free games for less.
I struggle to see where this GPU fits at all. I think it's definitely not worth the purchase if you're building a new machine, nor do I think it's a good upgrade either.

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16:28 Apr-29-2019

Well it's simple, it's a 200mm^2 die size GPU with 4GB of Vram, unlike the gtx 1060(which was a 200mm^2 die GPU as well) it's actually priced just where a GPU of this die size should be to have NORMAL profit margins, now they should go for lower profit margins because as you said the rx 570 just blows it out of the water in terms of price/perofrmance and on top of that having more performance.


And I'm guessing they speced it to be 75W GPU that can run cool no matter the case and air-flow or lack there of. So for small builds it's perfect.

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18:53 Apr-29-2019

Hardware unboxed did a follow up video for these questions and its not a horrible card but for the price it makes no sense

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19:24 Apr-29-2019

As I said they should have lowered the profit margins a little more, have lower than wanted profit margins, but oh well, they know people buy their GPUs regardless, so they don't care...

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19:42 Apr-29-2019

they know their card is crap all the marketing is 1050ti vs 1650 also withholding drivers for reviewers was not sketchy at all...

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19:53 Apr-29-2019

Well the rtx 2000 and gtx 1600 GPUs only one up the gtx 1000 series GPUs as they are not next gen, not at all, turing is Pascal with support for RT and Tensor cores and GDDR6 and "12nm" is "16nm" but slightly faster, they just didn't want to call it 16nm+ like intel do... people seem to care for those fake NM numbers...

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15:00 Apr-29-2019

Great Battlefield performance should be noted.

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14:59 Apr-29-2019

If I were in the same position that I were in, in 2014 I would go for the 1650ti (when it comes out). This card will suit MMO gamers well.

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14:56 Apr-29-2019

Avoid this and wait for Navi. Make a decision comparing value for money then.

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16:29 Apr-29-2019

Well not just Navi, Nvidia should have 7nm GPUs up their sleeves too.

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18:12 Apr-29-2019

Let's see if they release it before summer!

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18:37 Apr-29-2019

doubt it, my bet is July to September.

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