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[Comparison] NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (60W) vs GeForce GTX 1650 Ti – the GTX 1650 Ti puts up a good fight

With the entry-level RTX Ampere GPUs hitting the market, we finally have some new budget GPU hardware that many people will get to appreciate. The budget and mid-range gaming laptop markets are by far the biggest, as most gamers don’t have 2000$+ to shell out for a laptop. That is why the RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti have a lot of hype and fans behind them.

The last time we had a budget gaming GPU from NVIDIA was the GTX 1650 and 1650 Ti, which was way back in 2019. To measure the performance of these new GPUs, we are putting them against their predecessors, with today’s battle being between the RTX 3050 and the GTX 1650 Ti.

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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 Ti (Laptop)
ArchitectureAmpereTuring
Lithography8 nm12 nm
Base / Max Frequency713MHz / 1545MHz1350MHz / 1450MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6-1500MHzGDDR6-12000MHz
Memory capacity4GB4GB
Cores20481024
Power Consumption60W55W
Memory bus128-bit256-bit
Memory bandwidth224 GB/sec128 GB/sec

GPU benchmarks

The RTX 3050 was faster in our synthetic benchmarks, with performance leads of 22%, 23%, and 43% 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 (+19%)78 fps (+20%)72 fps (+18%)
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (Laptop)70 fps65 fps61 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 fps96 fps (+9%)53 fps (+20%)
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (Laptop)119 fps (+3%)88 fps44 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 fps70 fps (+15%)64 fps (+19%)
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (Laptop)95 fps (+16%)61 fps54 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 (+21%)69 fps (+19%)59 fps (+13%)
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (Laptop)63 fps58 fps52 fps

Conclusion

Obviously, the RTX 3050 has better performance in synthetic benchmarks. However, once we enter the real-life gaming tests, we see that the 1650 Ti is plenty powerful, managing to snag Ws in some scenarios, mainly when the games are set to low or medium settings. The RTX 3050 offers a nice upgrade, albeit not on the level of the RTX 3050 Ti, which, in our opinion, is the sweet spot in the RTX Ampere family of GPUs. Still, if you find a good deal on a laptop with the 1650 Ti, and the performance that it offers satisfies you, go ahead and buy it, as it has stood the test of time and will continue to offer reliable performance.

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

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