GPU prices just too damn high? NVIDIA might have something for you

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2019 - 02:04 PM |
Tagged: rumour, nvidia, gtx 1660, gtx 1650

You could successfully argue that neither AMD nor NVIDIA have offered a lower end GPU for casual gaming and content consumption in the last generation.  Rumours abound that NVIDIA will offer not one, but two cards priced around the $200 mark which would fill that niche, the GTX 1660 and GTX 1650.  We have little information about them, though you can safely assume that they will perform at a lower level than the GTX 1660 Ti

The launch dates for these cards, assuming they exist, is pegged for March 15th and April 30th, according to DigiTimes.  According to one of our favourite leakers, TUM_APISAK, the GTX 1650 will sport 4GB of RAM and have a core clock of 1,485MHz.  The GTX 1660 remains a mystery.

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"The sources said that Nvidia is slated to launch GTX 1660 on March 15 and GTX1650 on April 30, which will bear minimum price tags of US$229 and US$179, respectively."

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February 26, 2019 | 05:15 PM - Posted by LowerBinsWhoWouldHaveThunkIt (not verified)

And the rumors of lower binned TU116 based SKUs begin to appear and that's very logical to assume that there will be loads of lower binned TU116 segements offered by Nvidia.

It's sure better than just throwing away and DIEs with some partially working numbers of shader cores/SMs and other raster/texture functionality. I'd rather Nvidia at least replace all of the lower end Pascal Micro-Arch based SM/Shaders based GPUs with Turing Micro-Arch based improved SM/Shaders even if all that RTX IP is not included on the TU116 Base Die Tapeout in the first place.

Here is your NoTX Nvidia gaming options Green Gamerz at closer to AMD's price points!

Now if AMD can't get Navi to market ASAP maybe there is also a chance for some Lower Binned Vega 20 based consumer offering also that's lower on the price chart than the Radeon VII.

Wherever there is a Base Die Tapeout there will always be lower binned variants based on that base die tapeout as that's just a result of the imperfect wafer/chip diffusion process.

Hey Tupolev makes a Tu-116 also but that ain't no GPU!

February 26, 2019 | 08:32 PM - Posted by chipman (not verified)

According to the numerology we should have:

GTX 1050 2 GB @109 USD
640 SP @1354/1455 MHz
75 W

GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB @139 USD
768 SP @1290/1392 MHz
75 W

GTX 1650 4 GB @179 USD
896 SP @1485/1620 MHz
75 W

GTX 1060 3 GB @199 USD
1152 SP @1506/1708 MHz
120 W

GTX 1660 6 GB @229 USD
1408 SP @1500/1710 MHz
120 W

GTX 1060 6 GB @249 USD
1280 SP @1506/1708 MHz
120 W

GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB @279 USD
1536 SP @1500/1770 MHz
120 W

:o)

February 27, 2019 | 12:49 AM - Posted by Odin (not verified)

I guess if I want to upgrade my GTX1070 I should get a 1650 because it's cheap!

February 27, 2019 | 03:19 AM - Posted by othertomperson (not verified)

"You could successfully argue that neither AMD nor NVIDIA have offered a lower end GPU for casual gaming and content consumption in the last generation"

You could argue it, but I'm not sure how successful it would be after you're linked to Nvidia and AMD's webpages on the GT 1030 and RX 550 respectively.

February 27, 2019 | 01:20 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Exactly, both approaching two years old.  Pascal and Polaris are a gen behind, unless you count Vega II in which case AMD is two behind.  This is the first of NVIDIA's new gen with that price and we are still waiting on AMD.

February 27, 2019 | 10:03 AM - Posted by Rich R (not verified)

"You could successfully argue that neither AMD nor NVIDIA have offered a lower end GPU for casual gaming and content consumption in the last generation"

Considering the fact that "casual gaming" and "content consumption" both are handled very capably with AMD APUs and Intel CPUs, people looking specifically to fill these requirements really don't need to buy a dGPU.

February 27, 2019 | 12:58 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Absolutely a fair point, I agree to the point where I suggest that for the Budget build on the HWLB.  There is going to be a noticeable difference in performance between the iGPU and a ~$200 card, which is a far sized market and one which has been pretty stale recently though.

March 1, 2019 | 12:43 PM - Posted by Donkey (not verified)

Nvidia. The cause of, and answer to, high GPU prices.

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