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While it has been nearly impossible to get one of Nvidia’s best graphics cards this year, the lack forced many PC users to consider trying another GPU: the GeForce GTX 1650.
Despite being a bit dated, the graphics card is currently the best-selling GPU on both Amazon and Newegg. Is it because it’s just so good, or is it due to unexpected success due to the persistent GPU shortage?
Finding the GTX 1650 on a list of bestsellers is certainly a surprise. The card is 2 years old, and even when it was first released, it was not the best the market had to offer. Compared to some cards with the same price from AMD, the GTX 1650 was not as competitive as one might expect.
Whether Nvidia’s GTX 1650 is a great GPU or not is almost beside the point in a time when graphics cards are so scarce. One of the reasons why the GTX 1650 has been so successful is clearly the fact that compared to other cards, the market is relatively saturated with this Turing GPU.
Nvidia and its partners are currently producing four different versions of the card, including models with GDDR5 or GDDR6 memory. Of course, the GDDR6 models are superior thanks to much larger memory bandwidth, but surprisingly, this is not always reflected in the price. Nvidia also uses three different matrices in the GTX 1650 models it publishes, including the TU117, TU106 and TU116.
Branching to use different matrices is likely to allow Nvidia to produce the GTX 1650 on a much larger scale than some of its other devices. As a result, more cards are coming on the market, and that alone ensures that they will sell in larger quantities than the newer cards that are so hard (and expensive) to get.
Though it was never part of Nvidia’s latest and greatest, the GTX 1650 still manages to fill a void left by the GPU market left by the seemingly endless chip shortage. For anyone other than the most demanding gamers, it can stand in its place in modern titles, and it’s perfect enough for 1080p gaming. No matter how overpriced thanks to scalpers, the GTX 1650 continues to be an affordable way to build a gaming PC without having to wait months to simply purchase an Nvidia RTX 30 Series graphics card for 300% of its MSRP.
Nvidia’s GTX 1650 started with a $ 150 MSRP, so it’s quite affordable from the start. It is not surprising that the price right now is significantly higher. Customers need to be prepared to spend around $ 300- $ 400 to get a GTX 1650 for their new build. For example, there areon Amazon for $ 399 and this at Newegg for $ 350, which is Newegg’s current # 1 bestseller.
The card’s market success was first reported by Tom’s Hardware. The publication also pointed out that there are currently graphics cards for sale that provide better value for money, but they require a larger start-up cost. One such example is this, priced at $ 560, which is far more powerful than the GTX 1650.
Whether it currently offers great value or not, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 certainly offers something that other Nvidia cards do not: It is available right now, it does not cost an arm and a leg to buy, and it can play many games on decent enough settings. Maybe in the tough times of GPU shortage, that’s all it takes for a 2-year-old card to conquer Amazon and Newegg.