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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 vs GTX 1060 – Turing vs Pascal, the showdown

Okay, guys, we’re on it! After yesterday’s defeat over the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, GeForce GTX 1650 is really going to have some bad time with today’s competitor – the GeForce GTX 1060. Is it going to excel once again, or it is going to be beaten for the first time in this series of showdowns. Well, honestly, it would be astonishing if it is able to beat a third consecutive Pascal graphics card, especially, given it is on the midpoint between budget and high-end gaming.

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

Specs overview

Specification-wise these devices are pretty different. First, the GeForce GTX 1060 features 1280 CUDA cores, has a 1404 MHz Base frequency and 1670 MHz Boost clock, and consumes 80W of energy, compared to the 1024 CUDA cores that work at 1395-1560 MHz of the GeForce GTX 1650. Additionally, the Turing representative is rated at only 50W TDP.

On the memory side, there is a good advantage to the GTX 1060 as well. Its bus is 192 bits wide, while the memory modules work at 2002 MHz, resulting in a bandwidth of 192.2 GB/s. This contrasts to the 128-bit bus of the GTX 1650, working at relatively the same speed but having a rather modest bandwidth of 128.1 GB/s.

Benchmarks

All of the advantages in the specs sheet of GeForce GTX 1060 help it to the win in the benchmarks department.

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

As we mentioned, the GTX 1060 is in the middle of the Pascal GPU solar system. This means it can reach the maximum detail of games and still be able to pump out 60 fps on some titles. Comparing it head to head with the GeForce GTX 1650 adds up to the score for a 2:0 win for the Pascal graphics card.

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 1060149 fps115 fps62 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 106073 fps68 fps63 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 1060135 fps102 fps51 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 106067 fps61 fps53 fps

Conclusion

So it happens that we’ve found the right competitor for the GTX 1650. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 happened to be beyond the GTX 1650’s strength and easily swept past it. However, it is worth mentioning that the difference is not that big at all, and after all – GTX 1650 uses about 38% less energy.

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

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)