Out of nowhere, rumors have surfaced that Nvidia is reportedly planning to create a GeForce GTX 1630 GPU to compete in the entry-level market. reported by VideoCardz. Specifications unknown. However, the name suggests that it will use the older architecture of Nvidia Turing, not Ampere. If this information is accurate, the only goal of the GTX 1630 is probably to compete with AMD’s Radeon RX 6400.
VideoCardz has admitted that all its data around the GTX 1630 is nothing but rumors; however, the news outlet twice confirmed with its sources that Nvidia plans to make this GPU. Obviously this part of the story is true. However, we must accept all this data with distrust, as we do not have direct access to the source material.
Nvidia’s decision to make the GTX 1630 is surprising and unusual at the same time. If true, this will be the first time Nvidia has shattered its ten-year GTX range by making the xx30 GTX series GPU. In the past, the 10, 20, 30 and 40 series products were under Nvidia’s entry-level “GT” branding, with the 50 series serving as a barrier to entry into the GTX range.
According to Videocardz’s source material, the GTX 1630 is supposed to replace the outdated GTX 1050 Ti with a lower price than the GTX 1650. It’s strange, considering that the GTX 1650’s mission was to do that and achieve that goal years ago. It makes minimal sense to make the GTX 1630 unless Nvidia wants a redundant GPU in its 16 series.
We don’t have leaked data on GPU specifications, but it’s not hard to guess what it might be. Nvidia’s current GTX 1650 is equipped with its smallest Turing matrix, known as the TU117, and has been reduced to 864 cores and 14 SM. A potential GTX 1630 is likely to have an additional reduced SM number of just 12 or even 10 SM, reducing the TU117’s maximum SM number by 16 by almost half.
The memory will be available in either GDDR5 or GDDR6 versions and will reach 4 GB. Nvidia already uses GDDR5 and GDDR6 in the GTX 1650 and its four different variants (excluding the super counterparts), so it’s easy to assume that Nvidia will use either of the GTX 1630’s.
If Nvidia decides to continue using GDDR5 and reduce only the number of SMs, this theoretical GTX 1630 will potentially have 80% or 90% of the GTX 1650’s performance.
Prices are likely to be similar to AMD’s RX 6400, as the current GTX 1650 and RX 6500 XT share the same price range of $ 200. Reducing the price by $ 20- $ 30 or more for the GTX 1630 would certainly make sense.
However, a GPU like this makes no sense in a market where GPU prices are falling every month. If we saw this GPU when AMD made its RX 6500 XT, it would make sense as a desperate attempt to provide GPUs to gamers. But this situation is fast dying now that many modern GPUs are available in MSRP.
Super-aggressive pricing will be the only hope for a viable GTX 1630 solution in the current market. The latest price range that lacks a modern GPU is the market below $ 150, where the most advanced GPUs you’ll find are the GT 1030 and RX 550. If it can beat the price of its GT 1030 right now with a faster one, more modern graphics processor, GTX 1630 can become a huge success as a gaming card under $ 150.