There is always a bigger fish, as a wise man once said. In the case of Nvidia’s latest graphics card, every fish is bigger. The GeForce GTX 1630 is an updated version of the GT 1030 released in 2018. It’s an upgrade over the previous design, but it’s still the weakest card with a wide, wide margin GTX label. The new design was launched without a press release or review units, unlike AMD’s recent super-low-end RX 6500 XT.
How low-end is this new card? The next step in Nvidia’s Turing GPU-based GTX 16-series lineup is the already small GTX 1650, which has double the memory bandwidth (128-bit vs. only 64-bit), almost double the CUDA cores (896 versus 512). The GTX 1630 has a significantly higher base and increased clock speeds, but with only 4GB of GDDR6 memory hampered by that narrow interface, it will be difficult to use.
The newer map is significantly more powerful than the older GT 1030, doubles the memory with the latest generation standard, increases memory speed and bandwidth, and increases CUDA cores and clock speeds. And unlike the older card, this newer one supports Nvidia features like G-Sync and Ansel. The card’s standard specification supports a maximum resolution of 8K at 60 hertz, with HDMI 2.0b, dual-link DVI and DisplayPort 1.4a output. Despite consuming only 75 watts at maximum power, it’s a two-slot design — a more streamlined variant may someday come from Nvidia’s manufacturing partners. MSI, EVGA, Gigabyte and Zotac have shown off their modified versions of the card.
Suffice it to say that the GTX 1630 really shouldn’t be a consideration for anyone interested in gaming, as it hardly beats integrated graphics solutions. Based on the retail price in China, it should cost about $150 USD when (if?) it comes to other markets, but the only Nvidia partner apparently ready to sell the card in the US is EVGA. Their variant costs $199.99, which isn’t great. With the GTX 1650 and equally powerful RX 570 plummeting towards the $200 mark, as cryptocurrency crashes and GPU prices continue to fall, even bargain hunters should wait for a better deal.