Geforce GTX 1630: entry-level card for $150

With the Geforce GTX 1630, Nvidia offers an inexpensive entry-level graphics card for the equivalent of 150 US dollars.

Anyone who planned a new graphics card in the past few months was surprised by the clearly excessive prices. Even a simple GPU to power an office machine was difficult or expensive to come by. With the Geforce GTX 1630, Nvidia is now planning an inexpensive GPU for the equivalent of 150 US dollars. In return, buyers receive a Turing GPU in the smallest configuration with 4 GB of graphics memory.

Only 512 CUDA cores

With the GTX 1630, Nvidia relies on the outdated Turing architecture, the card is considered to be the successor to the GT 1030 or GTX 1050 Ti. Nvidia specifically installs a TU-117-150 GPU on the GTX 1630, which is already used in a similar form in the GTX 1650 was used. This time, however, only 512 CUDA cores can be used instead of 896 (GTX 1650) or 768 (GTX 1050 Ti). Nvidia also gives the card 4 GB of video memory with a 64-bit bus and a six-pin connector for the power supply. The GTX 1630 offers the latest decoders and encoders for videos as well as a full PCI-E 3.0 x16 connection.

Strong competition

Considering the $150 purchase price, the GTX 1630 offers relatively little performance. A Radeon RX 6400 is about 60 percent faster. The GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 6500 XT are also twice as good in terms of performance. These cards are also priced at around 150 US dollars. What remains is the powerful de- and encoder for videos, but not all users will make use of it. A GTX 1630 is too slow for current games. There is also no support for ray tracing. However, the card could still be suitable for use in an office PC or media center.

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