Which graphics should you pick in your next laptop? The Nvidia GTX 1650, or is it worth paying more for the GTX 1660 Ti? In this comparison, we’ll take a look at the differences in gaming performance to help you decide which to get in your next laptop.
To do this comparison, I am using MSI GF63 Thin for GTX 1650 and ASUS ROG Strix G Gaming Laptop for GTX 1660 Ti.
These both laptops have same i5-9300H CPU and the same 8GB DDR4 RAM running at 2666MHz.
The only difference is that one has 1650, while the other has the 1660 ti. So kind of a best-case and ideal for a GPU comparison.
Expect different results with different configurations.
As far as the battery life is concerned, both systems lasted around 5 hours, so that shouldn’t make a difference.
DETAILED SPECS OF BOTH LAPTOPS
|MSI GF63 THIN||ASUS ROG STRIX G|
|SERIES||GF63 THIN 9SCX-005||ROG Strix G|
|OS||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|GPU||GTX1650 (4GB)||GTX 1660 Ti (6GB)|
|DISPLAY||15 6″ FHD (1920*1080)||15 6″ FHD (1920*1080)|
|STORAGE||256GB NVMe SSD||512GB PCIe SSD|
|BUY HERE||BUY HERE|
GRAPHICS CARD SPECIFICATIONS
|GTX 1650||GTX 1660 TI|
|BASE CLOCK (MHZ)||1020-1395||1140-1455|
|BOOST CLOCK (MHZ)||1245-1560||1335-1590|
|MEMORY SPEED||8 GBPS||12 GBPS|
|MEMORY BANDWIDTH||128 GB/S||288 GB/S|
When we look at Specs, GTX 1660 Ti has more 50% CUDA cores. Base and Boost Clocks are higher with GTX 1660 Ti. The GTX 1650 uses slower GDDR5 with 4GB VRAM, while 1660 Ti has more VRAM and faster GDDR6.
This may not seem like a fair comparison at first, it’s well known the 1660 Ti isn’t too far off the RTX 2060 when it comes to laptops. However at the moment, the 1660 Ti is the next step up from 1650.
NOW LET’S GET INTO PERFORMACE.
Anthem was tested with the built in benchmark using ultra quality. At 1080p the 1660 Ti is scoring 50.7% higher average FPS compared to the 1650 in this game. At 1440p the 1660 Ti is now getting 52% higher average FPS.
Apex Legends was also tested using the built in benchmark, and there were some fairly big gains in this test with the GTX 1660 Ti. At 1080p the 1660 Ti was getting 50% higher average FPS and 52% higher average FPS at 1440p.
Boderlands 3 was tested using the built in benchmark at ultra settings. At 1080p there was a 41% improvement to average FPS then 41.8% improvement at 1440p.41
F1 2019 was tested with the built in benchmark using ultra quality preset. At 1080p we’re looking at a 42% improvement to average FPS with the 1660 Ti. At 1440p this slightly lowers to a 41% boost.
FAR CRY NEW DAWN
Far Cry New Dawn was tested using the built in benchmark with ultra quality. At 1080p the 1660 Ti was getting 49% higher average FPS. With the resolution set to 1440p the 1660 Ti was now getting 50% higher average FPS.
GEARS OF WAR 5
Gears of War 5 is a resource intensive game, and I can play it alright with a solid 30 FPS, and I didn’t find it too bad even at 1440p with ultra quality on the 1650, though I would of course use lower settings to improve the frame rate. Anyway at 1080p the 1660 Ti was 44% higher in terms of average FPS, and then 41% better at 1440p.
Greedfall was tested using the built in benchmark with ultra quality. At both resolutions, the 1660 Ti was around 41% faster.
Metro Exodus was also tested using the built in benchmark. At the bottom of the graph for our 1440p results the GTX 1660 Ti was getting almost 37% higher average frame rate when compared to the 1650. At 1080p there was 40% improvement.
RESIDENT EVIL 2
Resident Evil 2 was tested using the built in benchmark at ultra quality. At 1080p there’s a 39% boost to average FPS when we use the RTX 1660 Ti and a 40% improvement at 1440p.
WORLD WAR Z
World War Z was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark, and at 1080p there was a 42% improvement to average FPS and 42.8% at 1440p.
On the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark, the GTX 1660 Ti scored 170,781, which is only slightly ahead of the GTX 1650, which reached 167,059 (2.2% increase in performance).
The GTX 1660 Ti made more headway on the 3DMark Fire Strike test, hitting 11,584 over the GTX 1650’s 8,397 (38% increase in performance).
Finally, on the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra test, the GTX 1650 nailed 2,828, sliding past the GTX 1650’s 1,935 (46.2% increase in performance).
My MSI GF63 Thin with 1650 is $700, while the 1660 Ti modei is $400 more, however this isn’t perfect as there are also other specs differences. In this case the 1660 Ti is 57.1% more money. There are also cheaper models. Overall, I will say that GTX 1660 Ti is more stronger and expensive, so every 1660 Ti model will be expensive in comparison of GTX 1650 models.
At the moment though, the 1660 Ti seems worthwhile for a gaming laptop. Don’t get me wrong, the 1650 was capable of playing modern games even with decent settings, but if you can afford the 1660 Ti I think it’s well worth it.
Let me know which graphics you’d pick down in the comments for your next laptop.