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The Turing 16 Series will be discontinued By Q1 2024. Goodbye to mesh shaders, VFM, and finally end to Youtubers filming sellers who began posting GPU pricing videos for the GTX 1650 and GTX Lineup.
The world of graphics processing units (GPUs) has seen significant advancements over the years. One of the key players in this field, NVIDIA, has made substantial strides in GPU technology, transitioning from the Pascal architecture to the Turing architecture.
In 2018, NVIDIA introduced the Turing architecture, a more versatile GPU architecture capable of performing pixel processing, artificial intelligence (AI), and real-time ray tracing simultaneously. The Turing architecture was not just an upgrade but a complete reinvention of the GPU. It combines real-time ray tracing, rasterization, AI, and simulation. Individual streaming multiprocessors (SMs) from Turing were redesigned to offer a 50% performance improvement over the Pascal SM design.
Despite these advancements, some critics argue that the jump from Pascal to Turing was mediocre. While Turing did introduce new features and improvements, the performance boost was not as significant as some had hoped. However, it’s worth noting that NVIDIA managed to sell GPUs based on the older Pascal architecture for a considerable period, demonstrating the longevity and success of the Pascal series. As a result of backlash, and ridiculous price tags, Turing 16 series was introduced as a copium for loyal Nvidia fans.
The last remaining GPUs from the pre-RTX era, when all GPUs were marketed under the “GTX” lineup, are the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series. The last graphics card we saw in this lineup was the low-end GeForce GTX 1630, and that was more than a year ago. However, it is anticipated that the GeForce GTX 16 series will enter the discontinuation phase in Q1 2024, meaning that these GPUs will no longer be manufactured.
The news that NVIDIA intends to discontinue its last GeForce GTX family has reportedly been leaked on the Chinese Board Channel Forums. A variety of graphics cards, including the GTX 1660 SUPER, GTX 1660 Ti, GTX 1660, GTX 1650 Ti, and GTX 1630, are part of the GeForce GTX 16 GPU family. Because they are reasonably priced and can deliver respectable gaming performance in older games and eSports titles, these graphics cards are highly popular in the mainstream and low-end market.
Ah, the GeForce GTX 1660 Super and 1650 Super, and the wheelchair 1630. These three GPUs have become something of a staple in every GPU pricing video. It’s as if they were the opening act, setting the stage for the rest of the performance. Their names have been echoed so many times that they’ve become synonymous with the phrase “GPU pricing.”
However, it appears their moment in the limelight is drawing to a close. They won’t be the first names to appear in every video about GPU pricing anymore. Steam GPU charts will eventually alter and become permanent, meaning that viewers will no longer be able to voice their complaints about their prices. Alternatively, you can choose to pay more and purchase the RTX 4090.