Performance of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB for a Student/Beginner

I’m a fine art student doing 3D work. I’m trying to get a new laptop to run Rhino 6 and Grasshopper. I’ve looked through the forum extensively–and it has been very helpful. Thanks!!

But I still have a question that I need a bit of help with. The simple question is: How will the NVIDIA GeForce 1650 4B hold up?

I’m looking at systems with

9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
16GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x8G
M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

The other there is an option to get the RTX 2060, which I know is a better card, but the 1650 is better for my budget.

I’m also just beginning to work in Rhino, so the models won’t be that complex or big for the time being. Please let me know if you need any more details about specs. I’m new to forums like this, too. Thanks again.

If you are going to run a second monitor, then 4 GB VRAM is not enough.
$ GB per standard resolution screen, 8 GB+ for each high resolution screen.

Thanks, John. I will be working on the laptop mainly, but on occasion I will use an external monitor. I’m not a level where I need top of the line gear, just some that will let me do assignments and push some form explorations. Nothing to the scale of an architectural model.

Is the performance improvement of the NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 6GB GDDR6 worth the extra expense?

Been running two 2K (1920 x 1200) monitors for years with a 4Gb (and even some 2Gb) cards, my current laptop has a 4K screen and a 4Gb card and it runs just fine. Recently also ran an HD projector with the laptop in addition to the native 4K screen - no problem at all.

V5 didn’t need much VRAM.
V6 does If you start using large textures and images, particularly on high resolution (4-5k) monitors.
That’s why it’s listed in the System Requirements on the Support page.

He did say -

I am hoping to make Rhino part of my practice, but I think for the time being I don’t need professional grade hardware. This support article is very old, but it does look like kike the GTX 1650 supports OpenGL 4.6.

All that said, I am a little bit out of my depth when it comes to spec-ing hardware for anything, let alone 3D modelling software. What I’m taking away from this, is that the 1650 will be adequate and budget-wise but not good for visually or formally complex and big projects. Is that a fair summary?

Thanks again.

Right Mitch. Now he has a bit more information to gauge how he should use his budget.

Andrew - It’s impossible for us to say with any certainty what your experience and perceptions will be. The best recommendation we can give is to buy the best setup your budget reasonably allows and run it for as long as you can. Don’t go into debt buying “top of the line” kit, and don’t expect you can get away on the cheap.

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Thanks, John. I understand the limits of what you can know given the details that I was able to offer. I’ll find the balance.

You also need to know that Rhino is very easy to learn and you’ll want to create crazy stuff quite quickly. The complexity of your models will depend on you of course, but if you expect to get there then buying a more expensive card will be investment rather than expense. if you find the need to get a more powerful GPU you will not be able to just exchange it like in a desktop but you’ll have to change the laptop as a whole. Know that before you make up your mind.

Thanks, netherman.

I’ve tried to anticipate a learning curve and wanting to do more demanding things in future. I think I’ve found a the right balance between my budget and the hardware that will be keep me working for awhile to come.