GeForce RTX 3050: Nvidia wants to simplify its manufacturing to stop soaring prices

Tired of seeing the GeForce RTX 3050, its entry-level graphics card, sold at astronomical prices, Nvidia is looking for a way to simplify its manufacture. The goal is to be able to satisfy demand and lower the prices charged by resellers.

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As you may know, Nvidia recently launched the GeForce RTX 3050, the newest addition to its latest line of GPUs. Displayed at a recommended price of 279 €, the manufacturer wishes to offer an accessible alternative for small budgets. Offering decent performance in Full HD, DLSS and Ray Tracing compatible, the GeForce RTX 3050 is the ideal solution for players who want to be able to run the latest games properly without breaking the bank. In addition, its performance remains superior to that offered by the AMD RX 6500 XT, since it is 24% more powerful than its competitor.

Unfortunately, the global shortage of components is still rife. And as with every GPU model launched since, Nvidia is struggling to meet demand. As a result, the few GeForce RTX 3050 models offered on the web are found at prices very far from that recommended by the manufacturer. It is not uncommon to find RTX 3050s at almost €600…

Also read: RTX 3090 Ti – here are the prices for custom GPUs, they cost an arm!

Simplify manufacturing to lower prices

Tired of this situation, Nvidia wants to find a way to remedy the problem. The solution may lie in simplification of the manufacturing process, as insider Igor’s Lab explains. Indeed, the RTX 3050 currently uses a GA106 graphics chip, which is also found in the mobile versions of the GeForce RTX 3050 and 3060.

Only, Nvidia is currently considering developing a variant equipped with a GA107 graphics chip.. It must be said that this option is beneficial for both the manufacturer and the consumer: the GA1047 also incorporates the 2560 CUDA cores, the 80 Texture Units, the 32 ROPs and the 20 RT Cores of the model equipped with a GA106.

Best of all, both chips are “pin compatible,” meaning third-party builders won’t need to make major design changes to their custom models. The only difference will be at the level of the TDP : 130W with GA106 chip, 115W with GA107 chip. In fact, the GeForce RTX 3050 equipped with a GA107 chip should perform better in energy saving mode, i.e. under-voltage. It is not yet known when Nvidia intends to bring these changes to the production line. However, it is to be hoped that they will be effective quickly to expect a significant price drop for the GeForce RTX 3050.

Source: Videocardz

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