If you are in the market for a new graphics card and have a budget of under $200 then you should definitely consider the GeForce GTX 1650, but there are some great alternatives on the market with better features like more VRAM. The main competitor of the GTX 1650 from AMD would have to be the Radeon RX 570 which you can get with 8GB of VRAM, which is on Amazon right now for $150.
The custom GTX 1650 cards sell for between $150 and $180 or so, but the big draw card here is the super low TDP on the GTX 1650. Offering this type of performance with a 75W TDP is impressive, especially when you can handle esports titles and popular games like Apex Legends and Overwatch at 1080p and 60FPS without a problem.
MSI has yet another great card in its GAMING X family with the GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G, offering great 1080p gaming performance in a silent card that has some overclocking headroom for additional performance. Not only that, but the TWIN FROZR 7 cooling technology on the GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G is a great addition for the price.
If you are buying the GeForce GTX 1650 for an HTPC then you have a great card on offer here, especially considering its feature set and low power consumption. Throwing the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G into an SFF HTPC would be perfect, and it could also kick some ass playing games as well, all without breaking the budget.
The price on the GeForce GTX 1650 is a bit high, but that isn't MSI's fault nor is it under their control. If the GTX 1650 was a little cheaper, it would knock the socks right off the RX 570. However, the Radeon RX 570 is getting a bit old now and still requires PCIe power connectors, versus the crazy low 75W TDP on the GTX 1650. Even an OC-friendly card in the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G has just a single 6-pin PCIe power connector.
Once again, MSI adds another great card to its growing family of Turing-based graphics cards with the GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G. But buyer beware: MSI also offers custom Radeon RX 570s that you should take a look at, but also remember Navi is right around the corner.
Performance (overclocking, power) 90%
Quality (build, design, cooling) 90%
General Features (display outputs, etc) 90%
Bundle, Packaging & Software 85%
The Bottom Line
MSI's new GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G is a great card for the money, but the GTX 1660 isn't too much more and has more VRAM. HTPC owners will rejoice, as the GTX 1650 only requires a single 6-pin PCIe power connector.