Rumor machine: Nvidia is said to be preparing the launch of a new graphics card. Unfortunately, it’s not part of the RTX 4000 series; it’s a GTX 1630, the first GTX card to carry the xx30 designation. If the rumor, and it’s just a rumor, turns out to be true, it would be the company’s first new GTX 16 series in three years.
According to VideoCardz, the GeForce GTX 1630 will replace the six-year-old GTX 1050 Ti. That means it would be Nvidia’s cheapest desktop graphics card in years. Its entry-level 3000-series product, the RTX 3050, has an MSRP of $249, but the closest model to that price on Newegg is $329.
The appeal of a GTX 1630 might be its weak selling point. It is expected to be under $190, the current price of the GTX 1650. The card is also expected to use the Turing-era TU117 GPU and have a TDP under 75W, along with new GDDR6 memory. As with the GTX 1650, don’t be surprised to see Nvidia release several GTX 1630 models with different specs.
If the GTX 1630 costs around $190 or less, that will put it in competition with AMD’s RX 6500 XT and RX 6400, two cards we rated poorly due to their PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, lack of hardware encoding and lack of AV1 decoding. Nvidia could do well if the GTX 1630 fixes these shortcomings.
Graphics card availability and prices are improving dramatically – just look at AMD’s latest RDNA 2 offerings – and low-cost cards have long been the most popular with gamers. The GTX 1060 has been the number one card among Steam survey participants for over four years, and its position could soon be threatened by the GTX 1650, which was the second best performing card last month. Nvidia hopes a GTX 1630 can emulate this success.