If we look at the vast majority of gaming laptops and pre-built PCs on the market we will see a common element, if they have a dedicated NVIDIA graphics card it is usually a GTX 16. Well, soon this situation could change completely with the appearance of a card of NVIDIA’s low-end, the first finished in 50 after the launch of the 1050.
The NVIDIA RTX 3050 gets closer to notebooks
The existence of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 is something that had been sounding in recent days and that has just been unofficially confirmed thanks to a result in Geekbench, where we have also been able to know the specifications of this new NVIDIA GPU, with which for the first Maybe we will have the technologies of the NVIDIA RTX after being disappointed with the non-launch of an RTX 2050 and having to settle for the GTX 16.
The GPU specifications indicate a configuration of 16 Compute Units or SM in the NVIDIA jargon, where if we take into account the configuration of the GeForce Ampere we are talking about up to 128 CUDA “cores” or 32-bit floating point units per YE. Making a total of 2048 of this type of units. Compared to the GTX 1660 Ti, which it will replace on the market, we are talking about an increase in this type of units of 33%.
Other details that we can obtain is its 4 GB configuration. Since the minimum configuration of the GDDR6 chips is 1 GB, it indicates a 128-bit configuration. Its VRAM memory configuration together with that of its SM units makes us think that we are facing a new GPU within the GeForce Ampere, probably the GA107 or GA108, which would accompany the GA102, GA104, GA106 GPUs and the variants of each one. . In addition, the name RTX 3050 gives us to think that there could be an RTX 3050 Ti, but based on GA106.
Only for laptops?
Due to the high consumption of high-end GPUs, it is not possible to fit these graphics cards in a laptop and even the high-end versions for laptops differ slightly from desktop equivalents. An example of this is the GA104 variation of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 Mobile which adds elements not previously available in the desktop version. Which are specially designed for consumption and temperature.
But as we go through the range from top to bottom, the energy consumption of the different graphics cards goes down and it becomes possible to launch the same chip in both laptops and desktops without having to separate production. Also, we cannot forget that the GTX 16 has had enormous popularity due to its low price. So we cannot rule out the launch of an RTX 3050 in the form of a graphics card for the low-end PC.
Although Ray Tracing requires great computing power and very high settings to perform well even at lower resolutions than it is intended for, the fact that DLSS technology and other NVIDIA RTX technologies reach the PC Gaming with fewer resources It is appreciated, especially after the announcement of its support under Unreal Engine, especially in Fortnite.