Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630 Review: Lobotomized Turing

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630 started popping up in rumors in leaks a few months back. Part of me thought, “Surely Nvidia won’t release a new and pathetically slow Turing variant this late in the game.” But the realist in me knew it was only a matter of time — the GT 1030 and GT 730 cards that started shipping again last year was the only evidence we needed.

Let’s be blunt: The GTX 1630 isn’t anywhere close to being one of the best graphics cards, and in fact it lands near the very bottom of our GPU benchmarks hierarchy. The only slower GPUs that we’ve tested are the GTX 1050, RX 560, RX 550, and the aforementioned GT 1030. None of those are worth your time or money either, but at least they’re not being released in mid-2022.

The only real contender for the GTX 1630 is AMD’s recently launched Radeon RX 6400, but this new Nvidia card actually makes the lackluster 6400 look good. Actually, the real competition — and the reason no one should give the GTX 1630 the time of day — comes from the existing GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Super. The latter basically doubles the specs of the 1630, and pretty much doubles performance as well.

Colorful sent us this sample for review, but there doesn’t seem to be an official price from Nvidia. What we can find online suggests that the soft MSRP has been set at $199, which is just silly. EVGA lists its own GTX 1630 for $199, or you can also buy the far superior GTX 1650 Super for $199. The 1630 also nominally replaces the GT 1030, which had a launch price of $79 — $70 for the faster GDDR5 variant. It feels as though the GTX 1630 was priced according to mid-2021, but it’s now laughably expensive.

Here’s how the specifications for Nvidia’s old-timer Turing TU117 GPUs stack up, with the RX 6400 and RX 6500 XT for comparison. 

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