Nvidia has stealth-launched the GeForce GTX 1630 graphics card without fanfare. The new GPU takes its place as the lowest-end GTX 16-series graphics card, outgunned by popular but already entry-level cards such as the GeForce GTX 1650. You can find full official details about the new GPU on the GeForce GTX 16 product pages. Moreover, a new GeForce Game Ready driver has been released with added support for the little GTX 1630.
Over recent weeks we caught some glances of the impending release of the GTX 1630 via the usual leaks and spills. It turns out the preliminary details we had from these sources were accurate, as you can see from the abridged GTX 16-Series comparison table below. We chose the nearest neighbor GTX 1650 and the very popular GTX 1660 Super for comparison.
GTX 1660 SUPER
GTX 1650 (G5)
GTX 1650 (G6)
|Nvidia CUDA Cores||1408||896||896||512|
|Boost Clock (GHz)||1785||1665||1590||1785|
|Base Clock (GHz)||1530||1485||1410||1740|
|Memory Config||6GB GDDR6||4GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR6||4GB GDDR6|
|Memory Interface Width||192-bit||128-bit||128-bit||64-bit|
Nvidia hasn’t blogged about the new graphics card, which is thought to be positioned to replace the ageing GTX 1050 Ti, as well as provide better price competition against up and coming entry level Gaming GPUs like the AMD Radeon RX 6400 and Intel Arc A380.
The cuts to the already bottom rung GTX 1650 models look quite severe. The new GTX 1630 sports 43% fewer CUDA cores, and a narrow 64-bit memory bus – but is based off the same TSMC 12nm TU117 die. On the positive side the fast GPU clocks should help raise it up, if you keep graphical quality / details / resolution low-ish, or play mostly old titles and emulators. NVENC and NVDEC remain present for accelerated video codec duties, and this little card can support up to 7680×4320 @ 60Hz and multi-monitors.
Nvidia says that partners including Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac have lined up GeForce GTX 1630 models for your ‘delight.’ For your convenience, we have linked to the product pages and press releases that are live at the time of writing.
As for pricing, we don’t have any US pricing at this time, but Colorful branded GTX 1630 GPUs have been spotted in China for the local equivalent of $165. Remember China includes 13% sales tax in consumer prices, but this still looks like premium pricing for the curious and early-birds. All indications are that the GTX 1630 will fall well behind the GTX 1650, which will also put it far below the RX 6400. Unless you want to do video encoding.