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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630 4GB Graphics Card Launched Packing 512 CUDA Cores

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630
(Image credit: Inno3D)

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 (opens in new tab). Moreover, a new GeForce Game Ready driver has been released (opens in new tab) 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.

GeForce
GTX 1660 SUPER

GeForce
GTX 1650 (G5)

GeForce
GTX 1650 (G6)

GeForce
GTX 1630

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

TDP (W)

120

75

75

75

Nvidia hasn't blogged about the new graphics card, which is thought to be positioned to replace the aging 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 it's 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 (Nvidia's table says Turing but it should be Volta for TU117), and this little card can support up to 7680x4320 @ 60Hz and multi-monitors.

(Image credit: EVGA)

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.

(Image credit: Palit)

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.

Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson

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.

  • gg83
    What is the point of this card?
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  • King_V
    It appears it exists to:
    Match the price of the RX6500 (or the RX6400 . . the EVGA model is going for $199.99, though)
    Match the power consumption of the A380/GTX 1650
    Perform worse (?) than the A380Though, I can't say for sure whether the higher clocks relative to the 1650 compensate for the rest of what was cut down. It doesn't seem like it should, though, at least to me.
    Reply
  • octavecode
    This feels like the ryzen 3700x Completely pointless
    Reply
  • renz496
    gg83 said:
    What is the point of this card?
    To succeed GT1030
    Reply
  • mac_angel
    I'd be really curious to know what chip it has for encoding/decoding. While it might suck for gaming, it might be awesome for an HTPC, or Plex server
    Reply
  • gg83
    mac_angel said:
    I'd be really curious to know what chip it has for encoding/decoding. While it might suck for gaming, it might be awesome for an HTPC, or Plex server
    Very good point!
    Reply
  • King_V
    mac_angel said:
    I'd be really curious to know what chip it has for encoding/decoding. While it might suck for gaming, it might be awesome for an HTPC, or Plex server
    As opposed to the A380 for less money?
    Reply
  • mac_angel
    King_V said:
    As opposed to the A380 for less money?
    depends on what chips they have for encoding and decoding. There are easy hacks for NVidia drivers that let you open up more parallel streaming, something that many Plex users are interested in.
    Reply