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[Comparison] NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (60W) vs GeForce GTX 1650 – Entry gaming has never looked better

While we love to compare and play with high-end graphics cards on a daily basis, not everyone is as fortunate as we are. The entry market is where most gamers look for their next device, mostly because of budgetary reasons.

However, this doesn’t mean that they can’t have a great time, as budget GPUs have gotten really good nowadays. Today’s comparison attests to that, as we have the new RTX 3050 go against its predecessor, the GTX 1650.

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You can find more information about both GPUs here: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (Laptop)

Specs table

RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)GTX 1650 (Laptop)
ArchitectureAmpereTuring
Lithography8 nm12 nm
Base / Max Frequency713MHz / 1545MHz1395MHz / 1560MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6-1500MHzGDDR6-8000MHz
Memory capacity4GB4GB
Cores20481024
Power Consumption60W50W
Memory bus128-bit128-bit
Memory bandwidth224 GB/sec128 GB/sec

GPU benchmarks

All of the synthetic benchmarks went in favor of the RTX 3050, which is to be expected, as it brings a newer architecture, more cores, and a slightly higher TDP. The Ampere GPU performed 44%, 45%, and 56% better in 3DMark Fire Strike, Unigine Heaven 4.0, and Unigine Superposition, respectively.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) 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

Far Cry 5Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)83 fps (+46%)78 fps (+47%)72 fps (+44%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)57 fps53 fps50 fps

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Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)Full HD, Lowest (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)115 fps (+25%)96 fps (+32%)53 fps (+43%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)92 fps73 fps37 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)Full HD, Lowest (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)82 fps (+32%)70 fps (+46%)64 fps (+42%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)62 fps48 fps45 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High(Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)76 fps (+46%)69 fps (+44%)59 fps (+41%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)52 fps48 fps42 fps

External display gaming

ARK: Survival EvolvedFull HD, LowFull HD, MediumFull HD, HighFull HD, Epic
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)128 fps (+35%)64 fps (+56%)50 fps (+52%)32 fps (+39%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)95 fps41 fps33 fps23 fps


Red Dead Redemption 2Full HD, MinimumFull HD, MediumFull HD, High
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)78 fps (+22%)50 fps (+39%)24 fps (+20%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)64 fps36 fps20 fps


GTA VFull HD, NormalFull HD, HighFull HD, Very HighFull HD, Max
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)142 fps118 fps (+28%)67 fps (+37%)41 fps (+41%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)171 fps (+20%)92 fps49 fps29 fps


Assassin’s Creed OdysseyFull HD, LowFull HD, MediumFull HD, HighFull HD, Ultra
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)84 fps (+20%)75 fps (+23%)63 fps (+24%)35 fps (+9%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)70 fps61 fps51 fps32 fps


Far Cry New DawnFull HD, LowFull HD, HighFull HD, Ultra
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)84 fps (+11%)74 fps (+19%)66 fps (+18%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)76 fps62 fps56 fps


For HonorFull HD, MediumFull HD, HighFull HD, Extreme
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)111 fps (+37%)106 fps (+36%)84 fps (+45%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)81 fps78 fps60 fps


Borderlands 3Full HD, Very LowFull HD, MediumFull HD, HighFull HD, Badass
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)99 fps (+10%)80 fps (+29%)56 fps (+40%)42 fps (+45%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)90 fps62 fps40 fps29 fps


PUBGFull HD, Very LowFull HD, MediumFull HD, HighFull HD, Ultra
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)145 fps (+21%)124 fps (+51%)115 fps (+64%)98 fps (+61%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)120 fps82 fps70 fps61 fps


OverwatchFull HD, LowFull HD, HighFull HD, Epic
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)186 fps164 fps (+24%)120 fps (+48%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)211 fps (+13%)132 fps81 fps


TC: Rainbow Six SieggeFull HD, MediumFull HD, HighFull HD, Very HighFull HD, Ultra
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)170 fps156 fps (+13%)156 fps (+25%)155 fps (+40%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)202 fps (+19%)138 fps125 fps111 fps


Conclusion

As you can see from the results below, the RTX 3050 is the superior card. It performed better both in the synthetic and the real-life gaming benchmarks, with percentage increases in the double digits. This was to be expected, however, as the Ampere architecture has done nothing but solidify itself as the best in the mobile gaming world. Still, there is a market for the GTX 1650. If you are a person who plays occasionally and doesn’t need the best and most recent tech, the GTX 1650 has enough performance to give you what you seek. Along with that, laptops with it can be found for really good prices.

All laptops with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W):

All laptops with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop):