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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 vs GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q – Turing vs Pascal, the showdown

This year’s Turing GPUs were highly anticipated, since the Pascal desktop and laptop GPUs of NVIDIA were so revolutionary, that they remained the top choice for a couple of years. Additionally, we are yet to see a major AMD line-up change that can tackle the green company. However, until that moment comes, we can show you a comparison between two very good budget choices. They not only provide a decent gaming experience but they draw a relatively small amount of power and produce significantly less heat, than their more powerful compatriots. Meet the GeForce GTX 1650 and the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.

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

Specs overview

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q has basically the same chip as the GTX 1050 Ti – equipped with 768 CUDA cores and is built on a 14nm FinFET process. Additionally, they work at 1290 MHz Base clock speed and 1417 MHz in Boost mode. In the other corner, we see a Turing GPU (12nm manufacturing process) with 1024 CUDA cores working at 1395 MHz Base and 1560 MHz Boost frequency. The two differ in the total TDP as well – 40-43W for the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q and 50W for the GTX 1650.

On the memory side, both of the graphics cards feature 4GB of GDDR5 memory, built on a 128-bit bus. Although, the GTX 1650 has a higher frequency – 2001 MHz, compared to the 1752 MHz of the GTX 1050 Ti. GTX 1650 has also a higher bandwidth – 128.1 GB/s while the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q has 112.1 GB/s – the same as GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050.

Benchmarks

In synthetic benchmarks, we see that the GTX 1650 has a substantial lead over its Max-Q opponent.

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

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

Gaming tests

However, it seems like the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q closes the gap, although by just a little, in real life gaming.

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 1050 Ti Max-Q121 fps75 fps41 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 1050 Ti Max-Q47 fps44 fps40 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 1050 Ti Max-Q77 fps58 fps31 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 1050 Ti Max-Q46 fps42 fps37 fps

Conclusion

Quite expectedly, the unabiguous winner of this showdown is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. It proved to be more capable in every single title we tested it on. However, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q is not a bad option alltogether, since it has even lower TDP than the already low amount of its non-Max-Q brother, thus generating less heat and less noise from its fans.

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

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q (4GB GDDR5)