To help alleviate the price hike of current GPUs, many are looking toward NVIDIA’s RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti to help bide their time in weathering this situation but NVIDIA seems set to realizing the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti on laptops first. The RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti will be the entry-level tier models for the Ampere GPU lineup and will of course be the most accessible in terms of pricing. That said, not much details has been shared regarding these cards but laptop brands are already picking up steam in teasing what to expect.
Lenovo is one of the first out the gates with an official listing spotted on their website with exact SKUs on their Legion gaming laptop series.
The NVIDIA RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti laptop GPUs are expected to be based on the GA107 silicon and will both have 4GB of GDDR6 wired on a 128-bit bus. Like all RTX 30 laptop GPUs, TGP will dictate the performance of the cards and the RTX 3050 will have a 60 to 80 watt TGP budget. This could further boost to 95W max with NVIDIA Dynamic Boost and a 95w max-TDP version could also be available on sufficiently cooled models. The cards could be clocked at 1695Mhz for the RTX 3050 Ti and 1740Mhz on the RTX 3050.
It will be curious how NVIDIA will handle these SKUs as the TGP rating for these GPUs will be the same as the starting rating for their RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 laptop GPUs, which operate at less than their desktop counterparts. With an 95W max TDP, it is possible for NVIDIA to fully realize a 1:1 SKU for both laptops and desktops unless NVIDIA is planning to go elsewhere on desktop.