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A GeForce GTX 1650 laptop can perform nearly as well as the GTX 1060 in DX12 titles

Mobile GeForce GTX 1650 is just 5 to 10 percent slower than the GTX 1060 in DX12 titles
Mobile GeForce GTX 1650 is just 5 to 10 percent slower than the GTX 1060 in DX12 titles
The mobile GeForce GTX 1650 is just 5 to 10 percent slower than the average GTX 1060 according to 3DMark benchmarks while costing a few hundred dollars less. It's a worthy successor to both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti as the mobile GTX 1660 Ti is currently overpriced for what it offers.

The budget GeForce GTX 1650 has arrived on laptops to replace the last generation mobile GeForce GTX 1050. Existing owners of a GTX 1050 laptop have a pretty good reason to upgrade to this latest GTX 16 Turing GPU as the performance benefits are substantial at up to 100 percent on DX12 titles. For owners of a GTX 1060 laptop, however, the results become a bit more mixed.

According to our first GTX 1650 3DMark benchmarks on an Acer Nitro 5, GPU performance in the DX12-enabled Time Spy scene is just 5 percent slower than the average laptop equipped with GTX 1060 graphics. Meanwhile, performance in the DX11-enabled Fire Strike scene is 20 percent slower than the average GTX 1060 laptop. Users who intend to play mostly newer titles with DX12 support can save a few hundred dollars by purchasing a GTX 1650 laptop instead of a GTX 1060 laptop and still get nearly the same gaming performance. The MSI GL63 with GTX 1650 graphics, for example, is currently shipping for $800 compared to $1000 or $1100 for the MSP GP63 with GTX 1060 graphics.

The performance-per-dollar of the GTX 1650 is also impressive when compared to the next step up: the GTX 1660 Ti. While the latter option offers 60 to 70 percent faster graphics performance, prices start at $1400 USD or about $500 more than the latest GTX 1650 laptops. We recommend going for an RTX 2060-powered system if you plan on spending that much on a gaming laptop or waiting until prices for the mobile GTX 1660 Ti drop closer to the $1000 mark.

See our review page on the GeForce GTX 1650 for more technical information and our benchmarks page for more gaming comparisons.

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3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 KFA2 GTX 1060 6GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4
4158 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (3396 - 3790, n=20)
3601 Points ∼87%
Acer Nitro 5
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
3433 Points ∼83%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
1744 Points ∼42%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 KFA2 GTX 1060 6GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4
12648 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11622 Points ∼92%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (10708 - 12298, n=77)
11547 Points ∼91%
Acer Nitro 5
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9235 Points ∼73%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6382 Points ∼50%
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Allen Ngo, 2019-05- 9 (Update: 2019-05- 9)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.