GeForce GTX 1650 has become the most popular graphics card
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GeForce GTX 1650 has become the most popular graphics card in major American stores

The best-selling video card on the Newegg and Amazon marketplaces at the moment is the GeForce GTX 1650 released two years ago. Tom’s hardware… It is noted that at the time of its release, the accelerator did not enjoy such success, but the shortage of productive gaming video cards ultimately gave it a second wind.

Image source: Zotac

Image source: Zotac

The GeForce GTX 1650 was released just over two years ago and is the successor to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. At the time of the release, it did not live up to expectations and in terms of price / performance ratio was inferior to the much more popular Radeon RX 570 model with 4 and 8 GB of memory. The only significant advantage of the GeForce GTX 1650 over its competitor was its power consumption. The card only had 75 W of power, so some versions of this accelerator were produced without additional power connectors.

The current popularity of the GeForce GTX 1650 may be due to several factors. Tom’s hardware… First, NVIDIA has continued to release older Turing-based graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX 1650, GTX 1650 Super, GTX 1660, GTX 1660 Super, and GeForce RTX 2060, so their stocks are being replenished. It is also important that the GeForce GTX 1650 is available in four versions at once. Original with TU117 chip and GDDR5 memory. An updated version with GDDR6 memory chips with 50% increased bandwidth. And also two more versions of the card with GDDR6 memory, but one already on the TU116 GPU with the updated NVENC encoder, and the second on the basis of the “cut-down” TU106, which was also used in the more efficient GeForce RTX 2060 model. In other words, NVIDIA uses for produced by GeForce GTX 1650, three different GPU crystals and two types of memory at once, which allows the accelerator to be produced in huge quantities and relatively quickly replenish stocks in stores. It also allows the manufacturer to sell stock of defective TU116 and TU106 chips.

Image source: MSI

Image source: MSI

Despite all of the above, the current price of the GeForce GTX 1650 today is much higher than the recommended $ 150 for which it was given into the hands of buyers at the time of its release. For example, the most popular version of the card on the Newegg site today is the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Ventus XS 4G OC, which costs $ 354. In turn, the Zotac Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 is the most popular video card on the Amazon marketplace, where it is offered for $ 324. Even more amusing is the fact that the MSI model is the original version of the accelerator with GDDR5 memory and it is sold more expensive than the Zotac version with GDDR6 memory.

But even taking into account these prices, the GeForce GTX 1650 looks significantly outdated against the background of other offerings on the market. For example, the latest XFX Speedster Swft 210 Radeon RX 6600 is now available for “just $ 200 more”, which is a significantly higher performance solution.

From all this, we can conclude that the real reason for the popularity of the GeForce GTX 1650 is simply that it is one of the most affordable video cards today, which in principle can be bought and which allows you to run the latest games.

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