Almost a year ago we started hearing about the GeForce RTX 3050, a dedicated graphics card that was supposed to offer the new technologies of the ‘Ampere’ architecture such as ray tracing and DLSS, along with enough performance to run games at 1080p resolutions. , at an affordable price for any consumer.
A year later we are still waiting for it … Between the tendency of manufacturers to start the new generations with the high-end (more expensive and profitable for them) and the serious problems of the industry due to lack of chips as a result of the COVID pandemic, has delayed the launch of new models.
GeForce RTX 3050 – Much Needed
Really it would be desirable to recover production and distribution of existing models instead of new ones, but new features are expected in 2022. For the high-end the RTX 3090 TI, the RTX 3080 with 12 GB and the RTX 3070 TI with 16 GB are pending. And for the mid-range the highly anticipated 3050 and also its TI variant.
The latest information (always unofficial) tells us that the card is internally known as PG190 SKU 70 and employs the graphics core GA106-150. The rest of the specifications are unknown although due to their previous appearance in the GPU-Z application they would not be very different from the following:
- Graphic core GA106-150.
- 3072 shaders at 1,690 MHz-1,725 MHz, normal and turbo mode.
- 72 texturing units.
- 40 raster units.
- 72 tensor cores.
- 18 nuclei RT.
- 128-bit memory bus.
- 4GB of dedicated 14GHz GDDR6 memory.
- Power in FP32: not specified.
- TGP less than 100 watts, requiring only a 6-pin PCIe power connector and a 400 watt power supply.
The GeForce RTX 3050 would be intended for compete against AMD’s RX 6500XT expected in Q1 2022. Its performance would be slightly below the 12GB RTX 2060. A model that could arrive this year and that is a ‘rehash’ of the previous architecture. We would welcome it if NVIDIA can offer enough drives and fix even some of the unfortunate situation in the graphics card segment.
As for the 3050, it would be an excellent option to access new NVIDIA graphics technologies at a moderate price in the environments of the 200 dollars. All this in normal conditions because you already know how the market is.