Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050: Specs, Pricing, and Availability
To start, the card we got the most information on (though that’s not saying a whole lot), the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 decloaked at the show. Set to succeed the company’s positively ancient GeForce GTX 1650, GTX 1650 Ti, and GTX 1650 Super low-end graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 3050 will focus on the budget gaming crowd that primarily plays in 1080p resolution.
Details about exact power figures are scarce, but here’s what we know about the specs so far…
That’s a lot of question marks; We expect those specs to fill out in the coming days as card OEMs start to reveal their RTX 3050 designs in advance of the on-sale date. Speaking of which, if you didn’t already glean the price from the chart above, the RTX 3050 will go on sale for $249 on January 27 of this year from a variety of card makers. Nvidia did not exhibit a reference sample or a Founders Edition version of the RTX 3050, so we must assume that all RTX 3050 cards will be individual, OEM-branded designs from the usual Nvidia card-partner suspects like MSI, Asus, and Gigabyte.
The company also took portions of its presentation to show off a number of developments across its different divisions, including additions to its Omniverse content creation platform, innovations in its self-driving AI unit, and new features being added in the laptop space.
But of course, every presentation needs that “one more thing,” and that thing today was the much-rumored RTX 3090 Ti.
The Future King of RTX: The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
As the laptop feature announcement came to a close, Nvidia’s presenter pulled a card from off-screen, and it looked like he could barely handle the weight with one hand…
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Though details on the company’s newly announced GeForce RTX 3090 Ti mega-GPU, a follow-up to last year’s Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, were even scantier than the scraps we got on the soon-to-launch GeForce RTX 3050, we know two things At the least: It will contain 24GB of Nvidia’s new “G6” memory type (no, that’s not a typo for “GDDR6”), and that its TFLOP specs are a boost over those of the original RTX 3090.
Other than that, your guess (on pricing and availability, for starters!) is as good as ours. Stay tuned to PCMag later this month as we review the upcoming GeForce RTX 3050 when OEM sample units come in, and for any news on what we can expect from the RTX 3090 Ti when it drops sometime later this year.
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