GeForce GTX 1650 - Our Summary And Verdict
Performance Summary: The EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SC Ultra Black wasn’t a particularly strong performer in its price bracket. Throughout our testing, it was able to outpace the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in all but one benchmark, but in its stock configuration it trailed the lower-priced Radeon RX 570 nearly across the board, and sometimes by a wide margin. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SC Ultra Black, however, uses significantly less power and is quieter as well. The card is also a good overclocker and with some tweaking can close the gap in some cases, but with overclocking, your mileage will vary.
In light of competing offerings and current GPU pricing, the GeForce GTX 1650 is a tough sell for all but a small sub-set of users. The GeForce GTX 1650 has an introductory MSRP of $149, though more elaborate cards like the EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SC Ultra Black featured here are priced at $159. At those prices, the GTX 1650 is a better option than the similarly-priced GeForce GTX 1050 / 1050 Ti it supplants in NVIDIA’s line-up, but higher-performing 8GB Radeon RX 570s (that currently include two free games) can be found for $10 - $20 less, and 4GB RX 570s are even cheaper.
Though this is not the case with the EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SC Ultra Black we looked at, the main advantage the GTX 1650 has over the RX 570 is its lower power requirements (only 75W) and the ability to run without a supplemental power feed. In white-box systems hobbling along on integrated graphics that may not have a power supply with the necessary connectors, the GeForce GTX 1650 will be one of the better upgrade options out there. For the vast majority of users though, there’s a lot more performance available for similar or less money and a slightly larger investment (think ~ $179) will yield a significantly faster, more future-proof GPU.