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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB GDDR5) vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5) – Turing vs Pascal, the showdown

Recently, we were able to try out almost every each of the new Turing RTX laptop GPUs. However, there was a handful of graphics cards that were patiently waiting for their official reveal. Today, we had our first look on the Turing chips, that don’t include RT cores inside. In fact, it is the low-end model – the GeForce GTX 1650. So, naturally, we have decided to place it against the base GTX 10xx GPU.

You can check out our Top Laptop Graphics Ranking to see these two graphics cards and many more.

Specs overview

Let’s start with the good ol’ GeForce GTX 1050. Back in the day it was launched, with its Pascal architecture, it brought unprecedented performance for the Watt. It is built on a 14nm manufacturing process and uses has 640 CUDA cores. Contrary to this, the Turing GPU of GTX 1650 is built on a smaller – 12nm process, while the CUDA count is significantly higher – 1024.

Moving on, both of them have a 128-bit GDDR5 memory with a 4GB capacity, although the GTX 1650 works at 2001 MHz (1752 MHz for the GTX 1050), and this way it has a wider bandwidth – 128.1 GB/s, while the GTX 1050 sticks at 112.1 GB/s. On the other side, they work at around the same clock speeds – 1395/1560 MHz Base/Boost for the GTX 1650 and 1354/1493 MHz for the Pascal GTX 1050.

Benchmarks

As you can see, the GTX 1050 is not even a competition for the cheapest of the Turing options. In raw benchmarks, the GTX 1650 performs up to two times better than its rival.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests

The real-life gaming performance is matching what we saw in the benchmarks – a clear win for the GeForce GTX 1650.

GTA-V-benchmarks

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5)Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650173 fps94 fps50 fps
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050105 fps62 fps34 fps

Far Cry 5Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 165065 fps60 fps56 fps
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 105041 fps37 fps34 fps

rise-of-the-tomb-raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)Full HD, Lowest (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650120 fps80 fps39 fps
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 105080 fps52 fps24 fps

TC Rainbow Six SiegeFull HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650157 fps136 fps123 fps
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 105090 fps75 fps70 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 165060 fps55 fps48 fps
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 105039 fps36 fps31 fps

Conclusion

There is no second opinion here – the GTX 1650 is the victor here. Moreover, with a significant margin. Soon we’re going to compare it to a more capable performer in a hope to find the budget champion of 2019.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB GDDR5)

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5)