Gtx 1650 vs rtx 3050 laptop

Hi everyone! This is my first time getting a gaming laptop, and I needed some advice.

I'm looking at an Acer Nitro 5, i5 10300H.

I will most likely be playing just Dota 2, and using it for other normal everyday usage.

The GTX 1650 (GDDR6) version is around $60 cheaper, and has more storage (512 GB vs 256 GB).

Is it really worth getting the RTX 3050, since it is expensive and has less storage as well, and since I will just be playing Dota 2?

Thanks!

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.

Here is our Top Laptop Graphics Ranking, where you can find the best laptop graphics.

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)
Architecture Ampere Turing
Lithography 8 nm 12 nm
Base / Max Frequency 713MHz / 1545MHz 1395MHz / 1560MHz
Memory Type GDDR6-1500MHz GDDR6-8000MHz
Memory capacity 4GB 4GB
Cores 2048 1024
Power Consumption 60W 50W
Memory bus 128-bit 128-bit
Memory bandwidth 224 GB/sec 128 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.

Gaming tests

Far Cry 5 Full 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 fps 53 fps 50 fps

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 fps 73 fps 37 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 fps 48 fps 45 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full 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 fps 48 fps 42 fps

External display gaming

ARK: Survival Evolved Full HD, Low Full HD, Medium Full HD, High Full HD, Epic
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 128 fps (+35%) 64 fps (+56%) 50 fps (+52%) 32 fps (+39%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 95 fps 41 fps 33 fps 23 fps


Red Dead Redemption 2 Full HD, Minimum Full HD, Medium Full HD, High
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 78 fps (+22%) 50 fps (+39%) 24 fps (+20%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 64 fps 36 fps 20 fps


GTA V Full HD, Normal Full HD, High Full HD, Very High Full HD, Max
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 142 fps 118 fps (+28%) 67 fps (+37%) 41 fps (+41%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 171 fps (+20%) 92 fps 49 fps 29 fps


Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Full HD, Low Full HD, Medium Full HD, High Full HD, Ultra
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 84 fps (+20%) 75 fps (+23%) 63 fps (+24%) 35 fps (+9%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 70 fps 61 fps 51 fps 32 fps


Far Cry New Dawn Full HD, Low Full HD, High Full HD, Ultra
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 84 fps (+11%) 74 fps (+19%) 66 fps (+18%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 76 fps 62 fps 56 fps


For Honor Full HD, Medium Full HD, High Full HD, Extreme
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 111 fps (+37%) 106 fps (+36%) 84 fps (+45%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 81 fps 78 fps 60 fps


Borderlands 3 Full HD, Very Low Full HD, Medium Full HD, High Full HD, Badass
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 99 fps (+10%) 80 fps (+29%) 56 fps (+40%) 42 fps (+45%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 90 fps 62 fps 40 fps 29 fps


PUBG Full HD, Very Low Full HD, Medium Full HD, High Full HD, Ultra
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 145 fps (+21%) 124 fps (+51%) 115 fps (+64%) 98 fps (+61%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 120 fps 82 fps 70 fps 61 fps


Overwatch Full HD, Low Full HD, High Full HD, Epic
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 186 fps 164 fps (+24%) 120 fps (+48%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 211 fps (+13%) 132 fps 81 fps


TC: Rainbow Six Siegge Full HD, Medium Full HD, High Full HD, Very High Full HD, Ultra
GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W) 170 fps 156 fps (+13%) 156 fps (+25%) 155 fps (+40%)
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) 202 fps (+19%) 138 fps 125 fps 111 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):