Two-year-old GeForce GTX 1650 is the top-selling GPU on Newegg, Amazon
In a surprising twist of fate, Nvidia’s two-year-old GeForce GTX 1650 has become the best-selling Newegg and Amazon graphics card yet. Unfortunately, the GPU has always been a terrible value option and doesn’t hold its place in our list of the best graphics cards. Yet, thanks to shortages in the market today, the GeForce GTX 1650 has grown in popularity.
The GeForce GTX 1650 was released over two years ago as Nvidia’s successor to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. But in our review of the GPU, it fell prone to AMD’s rivals like the popular Radeon RX 570 4GB and 8GB models. Put simply, its price-performance ratio at the time couldn’t match what AMD was offering with the Radeon RX 570. The only advantage of the GeForce GTX 1650 was its low power consumption of just 75W, allowing certain models to be marketed without the need for any auxiliary power.
We believe the popularity of the GTX 1650 is due to several factors, the most important of which is that Nvidia still produces its older Turing-based graphics cards, such as the GeForce GTX 1650, GTX 1650 Super, GTX 1660, GTX 1660 Super and RTX 2060.
Another essential factor to take into account is the multiple references that make up the GeForce GTX 1650 as we know it today. Currently, Nvidia manufactures four different GeForce GTX 1650s along with three other matrices. First of all, the launch version arrived with TU117 and GDDR5 memory. Next, Nvidia then released an upgraded model with GDDR6 memory (which gives it 50% more memory bandwidth). Finally, the chipmaker rolled out two more GDDR6 models using the TU116 chip with an improved NVENC encoder, a TU106 model with the same chip used in the GeForce RTX 2060.
Confusing as it sounds, this means that Nvidia uses three different matrices and two different memory models for the GeForce GTX 1650, which we believe allows Nvidia to produce GeForce GTX 1650s in massive quantities relatively quickly. Additionally, the chipmaker can recycle faulty TU116 and TU106 chips and reuse them in GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards instead of scrapping them, wasting resources.
Despite the popularity of the GeForce GTX 1650 from both a consumer and manufacturing standpoint, scalper prices for the GPU don’t even come close to the original MSRP of the Turing graphics card of just $ 150. . For example, Newegg’s best-selling Geforce GTX 1650, the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Ventus XS 4G OC, costs $ 354 and Amazon’s Zotac Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 sells for $ 324. Even more fun is the fact that MSI’s model is the original version of GDDR5 and is more expensive than the Zotac model equipped with GDDR6 on Amazon.
Even when comparing the prices of scalpers, the cost of the GeForce GTX 1650 is quite outdated than other GPUs that you can buy for “only $ 200” more. For $ 559 on Newegg (right now), you can buy a brand new XFX Speedster Swft 210 Radeon RX 6600 graphics card that will run in circles around any GeForce GTX 1650.
Ultimately, the real reason everyone still buys the GeForce GTX 1650 in droves is that it’s one of the cheapest graphics cards you can buy today that can play decently. to the latest AAA games.