- The new Nvidia RTX 3050 GPU undercuts the 3060 by $80.
- The GPU offers ray-traced gaming at 60 fps in 1080p.
- It goes on sale on January 27, 2022 – likely with skyrocketing demand.
Nvidia wants to secure its place on the GPU podium whenever possible. Now we have our first look at the upcoming graphics cards launched at CES 2022. There’s no better place to start than with a new budget-friendly offering in the GeForce RTX 3050.
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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050: The Essentials for Under $250
The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 follows the lead of the more premium options with Nvidia’s Ampere architecture. It offers ray-traced gaming at 60 fps, even if you have to limit yourself to 1080p. The entry-level GPU even has 8GB of GDDR6 memory, and the price is hard to beat — it launches for just $249.
In addition to the basics, the GeForce RTX 3050 has third-generation Tensor cores. These cores enable AI-based DLSS (deep learning super sampling), allowing you to scale for a quick graphics boost.
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The launch of the GeForce RTX 3050 comes as Nvidia announced that as many as 75% of users are still on the outdated GTX platform. It should provide users with an affordable way to replace their GTX 1650, 1050, and a few other dated graphics cards.
The GeForce RTX 3050 is expected to launch on January 27, 2022, although that’s easier said than done. Increased demand coupled with ongoing shortages can lead to price increases, even if you’re lucky enough to find a GPU in stock.
Other Nvidia GPUs Revealed
Nvidia also announced the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti GPUs for the latest generation of gaming laptops. It shows off the fact that the RTX 3080 Ti offers more performance than a desktop-grade Titan RTX machine. The RTX 3080 Ti is tipped to come with 16GB of RAM onboard, although all we learned about the RTX 3070 Ti is that it offers 1.7 times the performance of an RTX 2070 GPU.
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You can expect laptops with the RTX 3080 GPU to start at $2,499, while RTX 3070 Ti machines will launch from $1,499.
Finally, Nvidia teased its next “BF GPU”, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. It promises 24 GB of GDDR6X memory, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for the rest of the details.