Question Welp, I guess it's official: EVGA GeForce GTX 1630 SC GAMING - for $199.99??!?

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strange when a 1650 GDDR6 does not require a power connector, while a weaker variant like the 1630 needs a connector. And at that price, feels like the 1630 is not worth it.
 

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was editing my post as you were quoting. Have expanded it a bit.

anyway, perhaps the connector is so that the gpu can draw extra power during heavy gaming?
 
TechPowerUp did a review on a Gainward branded card, and it doesn't actually need 75W: https://www.techpowerup.com/review/gainward-geforce-gtx-1630-ghost/34.html. The card does have a PEG connector, so it's probably there "just in case." That or maybe some PCIe x16 slots don't actually provide the full 75W even with a full length card? I could've sworn there was like a Dell or HP SFF computer that capped the PCIe power to 25W, even though it was a x16 slot.

In any case, the pricing may have been decided like two-three months ago (that still gives time for stores to update their databases) and inflation was a pretty terrible thing back then.

I can't wait for the next gen cards to start at like $1000 for the lower high-end model :D

EDIT: It just occurred to me that the Furmark test in TechPowerUp's review was hitting 70W and some change. The maximum amount of power the PCIe connector can actually provide at 12V is 66W (5.5A @ 12V) per the spec: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express#Power (also https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~djm202/pdf/specifications/pcie/PCI_Express_CEM_r2.0.pdf)

So if the card is capable of going above that in a power virus test (which I hope AIBs are doing), then it's going to need that 6-pin connector.

EDIT 2: Looking at the GTX 1650 reviews, which NVIDIA advertises as a 75W TBP card, a lot of them also include a 6-pin connector because they do exceed the 75W limit, and the GTX 1630 is just a slight cut down 1650, though the clock speeds on both the GPU and memory are higher.
 
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