Nvidia GTX 1650 vs 1050 Ti: Which to buy?

Nvidia GTX 1650 vs 1050 Ti

Nvidia just launched their new GTX 1650 graphics card, but how does it compare with the older GTX 1050 Ti?

GTX 1650GTX 1050 Ti
Over 50 percent faster than GTX 1050.
No extra power required on many models.
Great for small form factor builds.
Handles all games at Full HD.
Ridiculously low power consumption.
Quiet design.
Costs more than the GTX 1050 it replaces.
Struggles in more demanding games.
Budget GPUs often aren’t the best value.
Some games need to be dropped to Medium settings.


Card StatusReleasedReleased
Release Date23rd April, 201925th October, 2016
Launch Price$149 USD$139 USD
GPUGTX 1650GTX 1050 Ti
NVIDIA CUDA® Cores896768
Boost Clock (MHz)16651392
Base Clock (MHz)14851290
Memory Speed8 Gbps7 Gbps
Standard Memory4GB4 GB
Memory Interface Width128-bit128-bit
Bandwidth (GB/sec)128112
Max Resolution7680×4320@120Hz7680×4320@60Hz
Display ConnectorsHDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI-DDP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI
Multi MonitorYesYes
Max GPU Temp (C)9297
Card Power (W)7575
Recommended System Power (W)300300

The 1650 has 16% more CUDA cores and is based on Nvidia’s newer Turing architecture. The 1650 also has higher base and boost clock speeds, and while both have 4GB of GDDR5 memory, the 1650’s appears to be a little faster.



  • Gigabyte GTX 1650 OC
  • MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X

Both have a little factory overclock, expect slightly different results with different models.


  • Intel i7-8700K CPU overclocked to 5.0GHz
  • MSI Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard
  • 16GB of RAM running at DDR4-3200 in dual channel.

Let’s get into gaming performance.

Apex legends

Apex legends was tested in campaign mode. In this test there was a 24% higher average frame rate with the 1650, and stepping up to 1440p the difference increased to a 28% lead for the 1650.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one of the only games where I was consistently seeing a slightly lower frame rate with the 1050 Ti. This time the 1650 was performing 23% faster at 1080p and 1440p.

Battlefield V

Battlefield V was tested in campaign mode, in terms of average FPS at 1080p the 1650 was 12FPS faster and  9FPS faster at 1440p.

Counter Strike GO

Counter Strike GO was tested using the games built in benchmark tool. In this test at 1080p the1650 had a 10% higher average frame rate, lowering slightly to a 9% improvement at 1440p.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 was tested with the games benchmark tool, and there wasn’t too much of a difference in this test. At 1080p the 1650 was just under 21% faster, and at 1440p it was only a couple of FPS higher, which translates to almost a 20% boost.

Far Cry New Dawn

Far Cry New Dawn was tested with all graphical settings at high, and there was only a 20% and 19% higher average FPS at 1080p and 1440p respectively.


Fortnite was tested using the replay feature, with the exact same replay file used for all testing. At 1080p the 1650 was almost 16% higher in average FPS, dropping down to a 11% improvement once we increase the resolution to 1440p.

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus was tested with the game’s benchmark tool, and at 1080p this game saw the largest difference out of all 10 titles that I’ve tested, with almost a 25% higher average frame rate. At 1440p it’s still a fair win for the 1650, however the difference lowered to a 22% improvement.

Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege was tested using the built in benchmark. Nothing too special here to mention, at 1080p the 1650 was 24% higher in average FPS, increasing to a little to 26% higher at 1440p.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider tends to be a fairly GPU heavy game, however the differences in this test were quite minimal, with 13 FPS faster at 1080p and 10 FPS ahead at 1440p.


The 1650 just launched at $149 and can currently be bought for that price on the low end. While the 1050 Ti, which came out in October 2016, had an MSRP of $139, however today it’s going for closer to the $180 mark on the lower side.

The 1650 does look like a fair improvement over the 1050 Ti, which is exactly how Nvidia seem to be marketing it, but once you take into account options from AMD it’s not great at all.


If you were buying today let me know which card you’d pick down in the comments and why, the newer GTX 1650 or older GTX 1050 Ti, and if either of these why not the RX 570?

Expert Reviews For Nvidia GTX 1650:

By HotHardware
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By PCMag
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By eTeknix
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By Tom’s Hardware
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By PCGamer
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By Trusted Reviews
A great-value card for budget HD gaming builds.

By Gizbot
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By TechRadar
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By PCGamer
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By PCgamesN
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