January 27, 2022

The GTX 1650 is now the best-selling card on Amazon and Newegg


In short: If something illustrates simply how unhealthy as we speak’s graphics card market is, it’s this: the best-selling GPU on each Amazon and Newegg isn’t one of many RTX 3000 or Radeon RX 6000 sequence. It’s not even from the RTX 2000 line. It’s the two-year-old, underwhelming GTX 1650.

We’re all aware of the issues that include attempting to purchase a graphics card as we speak. The principle wrongdoer is the chip scarcity, which many within the business, together with Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, imagine is not going to alleviate till 2023. The obscene costs and normal lack of availability are exacerbated by scalpers seeking to make a fast revenue and miners benefiting from cryptos’ excessive worth.

The results of all this mess is that many individuals, particularly these constructing PCs from scratch, merely can’t afford so as to add a contemporary GPU. Tom’s {Hardware} studies that the state of affairs has led to the Turing-era GTX 1650 turning into the best-selling card on each Amazon and Newegg.

The information received’t shock these listening to the Steam {Hardware} & Software program Survey. The GTX 1650 is the second-most-popular card amongst individuals and noticed the fifth-highest (0.16%) positive aspects final month.

That’s to not say that the GTX 1650 is promoting anyplace close to its unique $150 MSRP. Newegg’s primary—the MSI Ventus—is $355, whereas Amazon’s Zotac Gaming GTX 1650 is $324. Unusually, MSI’s GDDR5 card is costlier than Zotac’s GDDR6-sporting mannequin.

Tom’s notes that along with being one of many least expensive playing cards accessible that may squeeze out round 60fps@1080p on many trendy(ish) video games, the cardboard’s 4 totally different variations made with three totally different dies and two totally different reminiscence modules are additionally serving to its trigger, permitting Nvidia to supply it in massive portions and recycle faulty TU116 and TU106 dies for use within the GTX 1650.

We awarded the GTX 1650 a rating of 60 in our 2019 assessment, noting that it wasn’t a foul product at its $150 MSRP—nonetheless, determined instances and all that.

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