Nvidia is reportedly readying a new entry-level GPU, the GTX 1630. This would be the first new entry-level graphics card Nvidia has released since the launch of the GTX 1650 Super in late 2019, which was itself even a refresh of the GTX 1650. .
The rumor goes through video cardz. According to its sources, the GTX 1630 will replace the GTX 1050 Ti. Incredibly, the 1050 Ti is approaching six years old, but is still being sold in various global markets. This shows how Nvidia has neglected the entry-level market. This is a bit surprising considering that Nvidia does not offer integrated graphics solutions for desktop computers.
Could the GTX 1630 be a new generation of Ampere GPU? This seems unlikely given the GTX brand. It’s more likely to be a Turing generation GPU, maybe a TU117 with a lower shader count.
AMD competes with its RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 models. While their gaming performance is reasonable, they are crippled by poor design choices, including a PCIe x4 connection, dual video outputs, and a lack of support. AV1 decoding.
Even though the gaming performance of the GTX 1630 is weaker than AMD cards, if it can include an up-to-date video engine, triple display support, and PCIe 8x connection without requiring an external power supply, I think the GTX 1630 could be a very successful card for Nvidia. It covers a wide range of customers, giving casual gamers, HTPC and workstation users something they are ready to love.
The market has yet to recover from the effects of the pandemic, component shortages and the impact of mining demand. Given that Nvidia is surely selling every higher-margin chip it can get from its vendors, why would it use its limited wafer allocation on low-margin GPUs? Times are changing though, and as slow as that change is, Nvidia likely sees an opportunity to reassert itself in the entry-level market now that things are slowly getting back to normal.
Currently, there’s no word on availability or pricing, but considering the GTX 1650 sells for around $200 (£185, AU$299), we can obviously expect the GTX 1630 to come in within the framework of this.