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1650 vs 1060

If you clicked on this article, you've probably heard of the GTX 1650's frame rate and its shiny new Turing architecture.

But if you're wondering how it compares to the (older) but still popular GTX 1060, you've come to the right place. At WePC, we've been busy putting two cards together to figure out which one is better.

We have covered many specifications, such as architecture models, VRAM features, and even cooling systems to help you find the most suitable specifications for you and your needs. So now that you know where this article is going, let's jump right into it!

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Although Nvidia being developed by both parties, the two cards are quite different from an architectural perspective. Let's take the two architectures apart:

As part of the Nvidia GeForce 10 series, the GTX 1060 uses the Pascal architecture and by today's standards some people may consider it outdated. When it launched in 2016, Nvidia promised to increase the speed up to 6 times that of the previous card and to make improvements in multiple areas, including higher memory bandwidth, more CUDA cores, and better overall efficiency. Additionally, 1060 was developed using TSMC's 16nm FinFET process.

On the other hand, despite the similar name, the GTX 1650 is actually part of the Nvidia GeForce 16 series. However, unlike faster GPUs (such as RTX 2060), the 1650 does not integrate any ray tracing or tension cores. However, it is based on the Turing architecture, which means that the 1650 is the more "future-oriented" of the two because it has the necessary hardware to handle today's latest games.

The next specification we will discuss is resolution. GTX 1650 uses the TU117 GPU, which is a smaller and cheaper variant of TU116, which can power other 16 series cards like GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti. To give you a lower price, Nvidia also gave 1650 to 1280 compared to 1060 with only 896 CUDA cores, which means the overall speed of 1650 has been reached. On average, you can expect the GTX 1660 to run at frame rates. higher at 1440p and 1080p.

Before making a decision, first check if the card is compatible with the current game settings. The system requirements for the two cards are very similar, we will compare them below:

GTX 1650 is a dual slot card and requires a PCI Express motherboard with a double wide x16 graphics card slot. The card size is as follows: 229mm x 111mm x 35mm. Similarly, the GTX 1060 is also a dual-slot card, requiring a PCI Express motherboard and a double-wide x16 graphics card slot. The dimensions of the GTX 1060 are as follows: 250mm x 111mm.

The next specification that we are going to compare is the cooling system of each card, because this will help you show that each GPU card will not be overloaded when handling heavy workloads.

First of all, the GTX 1060 was carefully designed by Nvidia engineers and contains high-quality materials that help keep the interior cool. It has a fan and contains heat to prevent internal overheating even under heavy workloads.

As for the GTX 1650, Nvidia provides a dual fan design for this graphics card, which can ensure a significant reduction in overheating while keeping the entire internal airflow constant. The GTX 1650 also includes a thermal pad to provide an additional level of cooling.

Although the GTX 1650 obviously provides better and more advanced cooling features, one thing to note here is that both graphics cards may make noise during operation, especially when dealing with heavier workloads, because they do not Contains steam room.

If you are a long-time fan of Nvidia, then we are sure that you already know that with the introduction of the GeForce 20 series RTX cards, they have officially started commercializing ray tracing.

Nevertheless, Nvidia released a downloadable driver update in 2019 to allow ray tracing to be enabled on older generation cards. The only downside? Both cards lack RT and Tensor cores, which make ray tracing possible, so although you can use ray tracing technically, the frame rate will be very low and overall performance will be affected.

Next, we will take a look at "VRAM", which essentially refers to the capacity of video memory. Generally speaking, video memory is the key to helping the graphics card render complex graphics smoothly and without lag, so the more graphics cards the better.

GeForce GTX 1650 and GeForce GTX 1060 are equipped with GDDR5 video memory, which is widely considered to be one of the best types of video memory. It is used specifically to increase bandwidth and allow for a wider overall bus. In GeForce GTX 1060, GDDR5 video memory is paired with a base clock of 1506MHz, which can be increased to 1709MHz. The memory also runs at 8MHz. As for the GeForce GTX 1650, it runs at 8 Gbps, with a slightly lower base clock of 1485 MHz, which can be increased to 1665 MHz.

clock speed increase

MHz 1860

outputs 2x DisplayPort, 1 HDMI 2.0B

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clock speed

MHz 1873



memory bus width

192 bit

So you have it! If you currently own a GTX 1060 and are considering switching to a GTX 1060

It is a great choice for 1440p and 1080p games.

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