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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti mobile, 1650 are the new cheap gaming graphics

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Joseph Averitt
Apr 23, 2019 13:00
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Nvidia has now squished its budget-friendly GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card into the latest laptops, along with the lower-end GTX 1650, which debuted Tuesday in both desktop and mobile incarnations.

While the desktop GTX 1650 will cost you in the pleasant neighborhood of $150, it's also a replacement for the GTX 1050 in spirit (though should be about the same as the 1050 Ti in practice) with a moderate increase in speed, which means it won't even reach reasonably playable VR performance.

The Turing architecture in both GPUs bring faster processing than their Pascal predecessors and Nvidia says they're more power efficient as well.

Like its desktop version, the 1660 Ti sounds like a compelling performance sweet spot -- Nvidia claims 100-plus frames per second at 1080p for the most popular competitive games (like, you know, Fortnite), which leaves some room for it to still deliver reasonable performance on more graphically-intensive games at 1080p.

Unfortunately, the GTX 1650 is what you'll find in laptops at the sweet spot -- less than $1,000.

And it's not quite as compelling a buy.

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