NVIDIA launches budget graphics cards

NVIDIA has launched a new line of budget cards, including the GeForce GT 610, GT 620 and GT 630. Unlike NVIDIA's recent flagship graphics cards, which are based on the company's Kepler technology, the new budget cards will be based on its Fermi platform. 

According to Anandtech, the new cards are primarily a rebranding of the company's former GeForce 400 and 500 lines. The GT 630, for instance, is simply a rebranded GT 440, and the GT 610 is a rebranding of the GT 520. As with the GT 440, the GT 630 will come in two versions, a GDDR5 version and a DDR3 version. The GT 620 is the only new card which isn't a rebranding of a previous card.

The GT 630 DDR5, the fastest of the new cards, features 3.2GHz GDDR5 memory, a 128-bit memory bus width, an 810MHz core clock, 1620MHz shader clock, 96 stream processors and a power draw of 65W. The GT 610, the slowest of the cards, features 1.8GHz DDR3 memory, a 64-bit memory bus width, an 810MHz core clock, 1620MHz shader clock, 48 stream processors and a power draw of 29W. Even Intel's integrated Ivy Bridge HD4000 GPU will likely be more powerful than the GT 610, according to Anandtech.

Additional information about the cards can be seen in Anandtech's article. No information on pricing is currently available.

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How powerful is the included GPU on the Intel CPU ?
As I am not a gamer and don't need a poerful card but still would would like the best that I can get.
I have 3D disease and CANNOT play panning type games, currently restricted to playing the Original Age of Empires game.
Can someone help me please ?

Caveman-ugh said,
How powerful is the included GPU on the Intel CPU ?
As I am not a gamer and don't need a poerful card but still would would like the best that I can get.
I have 3D disease and CANNOT play panning type games, currently restricted to playing the Original Age of Empires game.
Can someone help me please ?

Depending on your budget (and I say this as a mainly AMD user, surely someone will suggest a nVidia alternative)

But depending on what you can afford, I'd suggest either a Radeon 6850 which you can grab for less than £100 now or a Radeon 6770 which can be found for less than £70.

Well, that's unless you can afford the current gen of graphics in which case I'd suggest the 7850 or if you're loaded with cash, the 7970.

Either way, you'd need to check out what power supply you have because it needs enough juice to power these things!

"power draw of 29W" for the lowest end card is awful! My laptop uses ~55W with discrete graphics, screen back light, 7200rpm HD, and an i3 processor. I understand that it can only play up to Portal 2 level graphics, but isn't that what people want who are purchasing these budget cards. So can't they put a mobile chip on them instead and gain the power consumption advantages?

I think the point is that they could have, but instead decided to rebrand a fairly ageing product as something new.

sava700 said,
price?

Price should be about the same as the original or cheaper even, considering they're marketing cheap a** rebranded junk! What a way to try and pull the wool over the consumers eye! Never have cared for Nvidia, but with basically only 2 companies making anything even decent as far as video cards, what can you do. Local stores around have NEVER carried ATI cards.

Agreed. Nvidia has nothing to come close to competing with AMD/ATI in the low power/low profile space. Nothing, not close.

Phouchg said,
Why do they even bother...

sigh nvidia instead of stepping the game up in budget cards they just rebranding the same thing...

was expecting something better than sandy bridge or amd igpu

eilegz said,
sigh nvidia instead of stepping the game up in budget cards they just rebranding the same thing...

was expecting something better than sandy bridge or amd igpu

they always do this

Ugh. Rebranding. I hate it when they do that. I yearn for the good old days (when they used 4-number types) when everything was still easy to understand.

Ambroos said,
Ugh. Rebranding. I hate it when they do that. I yearn for the good old days (when they used 4-number types) when everything was still easy to understand.

I think this is the same system from the 4 numbers series.
This is Series GTX 6xx
680 and 690 are top end;
650 - 670 mid end and
610 to 640 low end.
Older generations are 5xx, 4xx and so on...

I still don't get AMD system though

.Rik said,

I think this is the same system from the 4 numbers series.
This is Series GTX 6xx
680 and 690 are top end;
650 - 670 mid end and
610 to 640 low end.
Older generations are 5xx, 4xx and so on...

I still don't get AMD system though

amd is simple. 4580 means 4th generation, the 5 is for mid range and the 80 I don't know what that means

.Rik said,

I think this is the same system from the 4 numbers series.
This is Series GTX 6xx
680 and 690 are top end;
650 - 670 mid end and
610 to 640 low end.
Older generations are 5xx, 4xx and so on...

I still don't get AMD system though

your right to point before the HD6xxx family it was easy to tell where a particular card sat in the performance lineup now however HDX770 is highest low end so anything below that gets worse in performance HDX8XX is now the mid range and HDX9XX is highend so it looks something like this ....
HD6790 and below (low end) HD6850 and above (mid range) HD6950 and above (high end)

Edited by Athlonite, May 21 2012, 4:36am :

Zain Adeel said,

amd is simple. 4580 means 4th generation, the 5 is for mid range and the 80 I don't know what that means

actually, amd are usually more like

xx90 Top end
xx70 High end
xx50 mid range

The second number denotes anything in between and anything lower than the x850 is mid - low end. The first number denotes which generation they are on. Not as in, "the sevenths generation of graphics cards" more like... if there isn't a higher number, you're looking at the latest gen.

Ambroos said,
Ugh. Rebranding. I hate it when they do that. I yearn for the good old days (when they used 4-number types) when everything was still easy to understand.

You mean like when the 8800GTX became the 9800GTX?

Ambroos said,
Ugh. Rebranding. I hate it when they do that. I yearn for the good old days (when they used 4-number types) when everything was still easy to understand.
They are still using this system. Remember the old cards like GT 9800? They usually had only GT in their names. Now its GTX and X means 10 in Roman numeral system. So GTX 280 is like GT 12800, GTX 460 is like GT 14600 and so on. Im curious what they will do when they hit 20000.