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Gigabyte Lists Multiple GeForce GTX 1630 Graphics Cards With the EEC

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1630
(Image credit: Gigabyte)

A quartet of Gigabyte-branded GeForce GTX graphics cards has appeared on the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) online regulatory database. However, bitter experience has taught us that an EEC listing doesn't always precipitate a shipping product. Even so, it may be the most solid evidence regarding Nvidia's covert preparation of this low-end GTX 16 series product.

(Image credit: Gigabyte)

Above, you can see a screenshot of the EEC entry with four unannounced graphics cards: the GV-N1630OC-4GD, GV-N1630OC-4GL, GV-N1630D6-4GD, GV-N1630D6-4GL.

Those familiar with Gigabyte nomenclature will look at these codenames and determine that they all relate to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630 graphics cards. Moreover, all models come with 4GB of VRAM. In addition, the OC models will be overclocked compared to reference cards, the  GL models will be low-profile solutions, and the D6 models will come packing DDR6 memory (instead of DDR5). Lastly, the codenames point to these all being dual-fan cooled models, even the low-profile ones. If you check out the official Gigabyte product pages for the nearest neighbor GTX 1650 (with 19 models), you should get a good idea of the upcoming regular and low-profile GTX 1630 designs.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 LP

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 LP (Image credit: Gigabyte)

We have previously seen several rumors about the GeForce GTX 1630, and they were quite well fleshed out. Obviously, the new entry-level card sits somewhere below the existing GTX 1650. Its purpose is to replace the aging GTX 1050 Ti. Interestingly it might even be timed to battle with the new Intel Arc A380 desktop graphics card, which started its worldwide rollout in China earlier this week. However, we don't know the timing of this battle as Nvidia hasn't mentioned the GTX 1630, and the pace of Intel's Arc GPU rollout worldwide isn't known.

Radeon RX 6400

GeForce GTX 1650

GeForce GTX 1630

Architecture

Navi 24

TU117

TU117

Process Technology

TSMC N6

TSMC 12FFN

TSMC 12FFN

Transistors (Billion)

5.4

4.7

4.7

Die size (mm^2)

107

200

200

SMs / CUs

16

16

8

GPU Cores

768

896

512

Base Clock (MHz)

1,923

1,485

1,485

Boost Clock (MHz)

2,321

1,665

1,800

VRAM Speed (Gbps)

16

8

12

VRAM (GB)

4

4

4

VRAM Bus Width

64

128

64

ROPs

32

32

16

TMUs

48

56

32

TFLOPS FP32 (Boost)

3.5

2.9

1.8

Bandwidth (GBps)

128

128

96

TDP (watts)

53

75

75

Launch Date

Jan 2022

Apr 2019

2022

Official MSRP

$159

$149

Under $149

In the chart above, you can see how the GTX 1630 has allegedly been cut from the cloth of the Turing TU117 GPU, just like the GTX 1650 (and GTX 1650 Ti, and numerous mobile GPUs). The AMD Radeon RX 6400 provides some cross-architecture reference.

It looks like this entry-level sector of the discrete GPU market is where all the action has been recently (e.g., RX 6400 and Arc A380). However, making low-end GPUs and selling into the era that may become known as the 'second great crypto crash' risks the arrival of a flood of better-performing older-gen GPUs at desirable prices.

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • Bumpy751
    I was expecting a RT3030, which could have been a mobile RTX3050 for desktop but limited to 35 watts. But a GTX1630 is an even worse option than AMD's Rx6400, which atleast performs equal to GTX1650, and can boot games which specifically require a ray tracing card to start.
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  • hotaru.hino
    Optimistically I'm expecting this to be $120 MSRP. It would be nice if it were a <$100 card to be a successor to the GT 1030, but with the way things are now...
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  • InvalidError
    Does the world really need 100 variants (crapton of manufacturers x 4+ models each) of such a low-end GPU that doesn't bring anything new to the table?

    The RX6400 and GTX1630 almost make me think Intel paid AMD and Nvidia to launch something useless enough to make its A380 look good.
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  • Neilbob
    InvalidError said:
    Does the world really need 100 variants (crapton of manufacturers x 4+ models each) of such a low-end GPU that doesn't bring anything new to the table?

    This is exactly what I was thinking. Adding all sorts of snazzy names and overclocking different variants by a few percent doesn't make a revelation of an already slow (depending on the usage) product.
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