Nvidia has finally started to release the long-rumored GTX 1650 into the wild to heat up the competition amongst the best graphics cards, and it's largely fit right into the performance and price categories we anticipated. Retailing for $149, it's the cheapest GTX card built on Turing technology and is the little brother to fellow 16-series cards, the 1660 and 1660 Ti.
The key selling point of the 16-series is that they pack Turing architecture but have thrown all the dedicated ray tracing and deep learning hardware overboard to reduce their price to more palatable levels for budget- and mid-tier enthusiasts. The 1650 is the lowest end of the product stack and priced accordingly, packing 896 CUDA cores and 56 texture units. Its 4GB of GDDR5 are clocked at the same speed as the 1660, 8GT/s.
Benchmarks leaked prior to the 1650's proper launch indicate that it will perform on par with the Pascal line's 1050 Ti (or, for an AMD reference point, around the RX 570). A Ti version of the 1650 is strongly indicated, based on the existence of a more powerful mobile variant, so we likely aren't seeing a fully activated TU117 in the desktop 1650. For now, however, these are the best deals you'll find on a 1650.
The best ASUS GTX 1650 deals
Asus is offering a broad range of GTX 1650 cards, including four dual fan options and one single fan configuration. MSRP starts at $154.99 for the single fan card and ranges up to $179.99 for the overclocked dual fan alternative.
The best EVGA GTX 1650 deals
EVGA is offering both single and dual fan models of the 1650, as well as dual slot and 2.75 slot options, for anyone needing more horizontal space. The 2.75 single fan option boasts a thicker heatsink and larger fan hub to provide more front-to-back space without sacrificing temperature maintenance or acoustics.
The best Gigabyte GTX 1650 deals
Gigabyte is also offering the 1650 in single or dual fan configurations. All of the Gigabyte cards have been overclocked—the single fan model is clocked at 1680 MHz (against the reference card's 1665 MHz), while the dual fan alternatives come at three speed options, with the base version at 1710 MHz, the Windforce card at 1785 MHz, and the Gaming model at 1815 MHz.
The best MSI GTX 1650 deals
MSI has a single fan version that comes factory overclocked to 1740 MHz as well as a dual fan card at the same clock speed. There's also a third option, another dual fan part that's been clocked all the way up to 1860 MHz, which MSI appropriately calls its Gaming X model.
The best Zotac GTX 1650 deals
Zotac is currently only offering one version of the part, a single fan 1650 clocked at 1695 MHz. Zotac does offer its handy OC Scanner utility, which will quickly assess your system and provide OC recommendations that you can then apply with a single button press, taking a lot of the careful, iterative tinkering out of the overclocking process.
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