Today I am going to show you the Laptop GPU Comparison between RTX 2050 and GTX 1650. Both of these graphics cards offer solid performance for entry-level gamers. So, which one should you opt for?
GPU Specs Difference
|RTX 2050||GTX 1650|
|CUDA Cores||2048||896 or 1024|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1155 – 1477 MHz||1245 – 1560 MHz|
|TGP (W)||30 – 45||35 – 50|
|Memory||4GB DDR6||4GB DDR6|
|Memory Speed||14 GBPS||10 GBPS|
|Memory Bandwidth||112 GB/s||160 GB/s|
|Release Date||Spring 2022||April 2019 & 2020|
The 2050 has double the CUDA cores compared to the original 1650 that launched in 2019, but Nvidia quietly refreshed the 1650 in 2020 with fewer CUDA cores.
They both have 4GB of VRAM capacity, but the 1650’s memory bus is double the size of the 2050. The 1650 also has more memory bandwidth, but the 2050’s memory has a higher clock.
The 1650 has a larger possible power range, which is why it can reach higher boost clock speeds.
|ASUS TUF F15||MSI GF63 11SC|
|Intel Core i5-11400H|
Nvidia RTX 2050
|Intel Core i5-11400H|
Nvidia GTX 1650
|Check Price||Check Price|
I am using the ASUS TUF F15 for the 2050, and the MSI GF63 for the 1650. Both laptops have the same 6 core CPU, and I used the same dual channel kit of memory in both.
Literally, the only difference between these two laptops is the GPU, so we are in for a perfect apples to apples comparison!
- The RTX 2050 is 27.6% faster than GTX 1650 in tested games.
- The GTX 1650 may require playing games at minimum settings for acceptable performance, while the RTX 2050 allows for higher settings.
- The RTX 2050 provides a smoother and more enhanced gaming experience with features like DLSS, which is not available on the GTX 1650.
- The RTX 2050 positions as a more cost-effective option compared to the GTX 1650, offering better performance for a similar or lower price.
I tested the RTX 2050 without DLSS because the GTX 1650 does not support DLSS. In this way, we will obtain the best comparison.
Hogwarts Legacy was running around 43 FPS on the RTX 2050 graphics at 1080p high settings. The 2050 was 30% faster compared to the cheaper GTX 1650.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty was reaching a 15% higher average FPS with the RTX 2050.
Assassin’s Creed Vallhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a game I’m currently playing through for a second time, and while it doesn’t need a super high frame rate to enjoy, the 2050 was still able to offer a 37% higher average frame rate, a major difference.
Forza Horizon 5
In Forza Horizon 5, the 2050 just 25% ahead of the 1650, or in this case about 17 FPS. The 1650 was still running the game above 60 FPS with high settings, so it’s not as if it’s unplayable or anything.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator had the biggest win for the RTX 2050 out of all games tested. Even the dips in performance, as measured by the 1% low, were same of the average FPS coming out of the 1650. The 2050 was reaching a 40% higher average frame rate here.
Honestly, I don’t think that it’s worth saving a little bit of money by going for the lower tier GTX 1650. In 2023 that just kind of seems like it’s a bit too old these days. Unless it’s not possible for you to get any more money, and you don’t mind playing games at minimum settings and not having DLSS, which is a nice feature to boost FPS in games.
I’m Jaskaran Singh, a passionate tech enthusiast from Delhi, now based in Ahmedabad. My five-year journey as a tech writer has culminated in my role as the Editor in Chief at TheWorldsBestAndWorst, where I continue to explore and share the myriad facets of technology with my audience. Beyond writing, I also run a YouTube channel, with a community of 50,000 subscribers.