Nvidia launches the GeForce RTX 3050, announces RTX 3090 Ti

Nvidia announces two new RTX 30 series variants at CES 2022- the RTX 3050 and the RTX 3090 Ti graphics cards. The RTX 3050 uses the GA106 core like the RTX 3060 but obviously with some chunk processors and cores disabled. The RTX 3050 will be ready for purchase from January 27th onwards. 

Specification: RTX 3090 and the RTX 3050

The RTX 3090 Ti model implies it maxed out the Ampere GeForce silicon. The GPU uses GA102 core with all 10,752 CUDA cores, 84 RT cores AND 336 Tensor cores fully enabled. The RTX 3090 Ti also uses the new 16-pin power connector which has a typical board power requirement of 450w, 100 watts more than the RTX 3090. oof!

RTX 3050
GPU Engine Specs: NVIDIA CUDA® Cores 2560
Boost Clock (GHz) 1.78
Base Clock (GHz) 1.55
Memory Specs: Standard Memory Config 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Interface Width 128-bit
Technology Support: Ray Tracing Cores 2nd Generation
Tensor Cores 3rd Generation
NVIDIA Architecture Ampere
Microsoft DirectX® 12 Ultimate Yes
NVIDIA DLSS Yes
NVIDIA Reflex Yes
NVIDIA Broadcast Yes
PCI Express Gen 4 Yes
Resizable BAR Yes
NVIDIA® GeForce Experience™ Yes
NVIDIA Ansel Yes
NVIDIA FreeStyle Yes
NVIDIA ShadowPlay Yes
NVIDIA Highlights Yes
NVIDIA G-SYNC® Yes
Game Ready Drivers Yes
NVIDIA Studio Drivers Yes
NVIDIA GPU Boost™ Yes
NVIDIA NVLink™ (SLI-Ready)
Vulkan RT API, OpenGL 4.6 Yes
NVIDIA Encoder (NVENC) 7th Generation
NVIDIA Decoder (NVDEC) 5th Generation
VR Ready
Display Support: Maximum Digital Resolution (1) 7680×4320
Standard Display Connectors HDMI(2), 2x DisplayPort(3)
Multi-Monitor 4
HDCP 2.3
Thermal and Power Specs: Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 93
Graphics Card Power (W) 130
Required System Power (W) 550
Supplementary Power Connectors 1x PCIe 8-pin

The RTX 3050 has 2,560 CUDA cores, 8GB GDDR6 memory on a 128-bit memory bus and a reference spec GPU boost up to 1780 MHz. This has a typical power draw of 130w and reference spec uses a single eight-pin PCIe power connector. By the looks of it, Nvidia is probably aiming for this card to spiritually succeed the GTX 1650 in some respects while providing entry-level RTX and DLSS functionality.

Why so much power?

The CUDA core count increase is not much compared to its predecessor. But one of the reasons for the higher power draw could be because of the higher memory bandwidth. While it still uses 26GB GDDR6X memory, its bandwidth capacity is increased to 21 Gbps against 195 Gbps on the RTX 3090. The other reason could also be the GPU boost. It would be interesting to see if non-reference models will use the same connector and the specs it provides.

MSRP? LOL

While MSRP doesn’t really limit the pricing in the real world thanks to the low availability/ high demand/ scalping (even by distributors such is the case in India), the RTX 3050 GPUs start from US$249/ IN Rs. 22,250. Non-reference editions are available at the time of launch as respective AIBs have already rolled out press release updates. The RTX 3090 Ti MSRP pricing is not fixed, nor its retail availability is announced at the time of writing.

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