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Nvidia GeForce mobile options are ballooning out of control. Skip the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and go for the superior GTX 1660 Ti instead

Nvidia GeForce mobile options are ballooning out of control. Skip the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and go for the superior GTX 1660 Ti instead (Image source: Newegg)
Nvidia GeForce mobile options are ballooning out of control. Skip the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and go for the superior GTX 1660 Ti instead (Image source: Newegg)
The performance-per-dollar on GeForce 1650 Ti laptops aren't nearly as good as the GTX 1660 Ti which is only one step up for just $100 to $200 more. The 40 to 50 percent gaming performance gap is hard to ignore for any gamer casual or otherwise.

GeForce GPUs used to be easy to follow on laptops. Then in 2017, Nvidia effectively doubled its lineup by introducing Max-Q variants on top of the standard GeForce options. Now as of 2020, Nvidia has added Super variants on top of both the standard and Max-Q GeForce options for a huge web of GeForce GPUs to choose from.

With so many options on the table, some GPUs will inevitably be less of a bargain than others. Based on our experience with dozens of 2020 GeForce gaming laptops thus far, we can strongly recommend that buyers can skip the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and go one level higher to the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti as these laptops are extremely close in price with a very wide performance gap as shown by our 3DMark benchmarks below comparing at least 20 different GTX 1650 Ti and GTX 1660 Ti laptops.

As an example, the Asus ROG Strix G15 G512 with 10th gen Core i7 and GTX 1650 Ti currently retails for about $1000 to $1100 USD while the Asus TUF A15 with 3rd gen Ryzen 7 and GTX 1660 Ti retails for the same price. Another example is the Lenovo Legion 5 equipped with the same Core i7 CPU and GTX 1650 Ti as the Asus G512 above for $1000 USD while the 2020 Lenovo Legion Y540 with GTX 1660 Ti graphics can be found in the $1100 to $1200 range. The laptops with the GTX 1660 Ti are able to offer almost 50 percent faster gaming performance than their GTX 1650 Ti counterparts for only $100 to $200 more.

Other factors like chassis quality, weight, noise, and ports shouldn't be ignored, of course, but the huge gains in both GPU horsepower and performance-per-dollar when jumping from the GTX 1650 Ti to the GTX 1660 Ti are notable nonetheless and shouldn't be overlooked by gamers.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (5335 - 6123, n=22)
5653 Points ∼100% +47%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
3841 Points ∼68%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (3576 - 3841, n=5)
3676 Points ∼65% -4%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (4946 - 6261, n=21)
5717 Points ∼100% +38%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
4131 Points ∼72%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (3748 - 4131, n=5)
3893 Points ∼68% -6%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (14186 - 16488, n=24)
14867 Points ∼100% +39%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
10663 Points ∼72%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (9691 - 10663, n=5)
10054 Points ∼68% -6%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
12993 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (9500 - 13311, n=23)
12019 Points ∼93% -7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (9885 - 13027, n=5)
11372 Points ∼88% -12%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (18610 - 22670, n=24)
20096 Points ∼100% +41%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
14231 Points ∼71%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (12865 - 14231, n=5)
13434 Points ∼67% -6%
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Allen Ngo, 2020-07-20 (Update: 2020-07-21)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
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.