Nvidia’s GTX 1630 is smoked by a six-year-old AMD GPU

Nvidia quietly released the GTX 1630 on Tuesday, next a reported delay at the end of May† The map, which costs about $150 and is built on the older Turing architecture, will not be in our collection of the best graphics cards, although. Early reviews show that even the six-year-old RX 470 beats the GTX 1630 by a whopping 52%.

It’s a tough situation for Nvidia’s new GPU. Guru3D’s review of the Palit GTX 1630 4GB Dual showed that the card is at the bottom each measure. And that’s not just against the latest graphics cards. In far cry 6, for example, the GTX 1630 was beaten by Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Super by a whopping 64% at 1080p. AMD’s RX 470, which is twice as old as the GTX 1650 Super, won by 52%.

MSI's custom GTX 1630 graphics card.

TechPowerUp reported even worse results, with the GTX 1630 at only 14.8 fps in Dying light 2 at 1080p. For reference, the GTX 1060, which is six years old and the most popular GPU on Steam, was 110% faster in Dying light 2 at 1080p based on TechPowerUp’s testing. That’s downright embarrassing.

We knew the GTX 1630 was a bad idea when the rumors started to get out. It’s built on Nvidia’s latest-generation Turing architecture, which was launched in a not-so-great condition. Nvidia has released Super variants less than a year after the launch of the first range, which was three years ago.

The GTX 1630 also cuts significantly in the specs. Compared to GTX 16-series cards, which Nvidia hasn’t revised in over two years, the GTX 1630 has 43% fewer cores than the next step (the GTX 1650). It also has half the memory bandwidth thanks to a 64-bit bus, greatly limiting the card’s potential in older systems.

Price is another big issue. While rumors suggested $150 was the price for models in the US, EVGA’s first GTX 1630 is listed for $200† Of GPU Pricing where they are now you can buy a brand new RX 6500 XT for less money. And despite calling it one of the worst tech products of the year in our RX 6500 XT reviewit is still twice as fast as the GTX 1630.

Given the results we’ve seen so far, there’s no reason to buy the GTX 1630. There are few new options, but you can use the RX 470 for only $60 on eBay – a quarter of what some GTX 1630 models sell. That won’t exclude you from features either. Unlike Nvidia’s latest GPUs, the GTX 1630 does not support ray tracing or Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS)

The card could be an option if you’re on a budget GPU of several generations back. It’s a step up from the GT 1030, and it’s faster than some GPU deals you’ll find it for cards like the GT 710 and Radeon 5450. Still, there are multiple options around the same price as the GTX 1630 that are almost universally twice as fast (or more).

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