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NVIDIA to equip the GeForce RTX 3050 in a bid to fend off the Intel Arc A380 and AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT

NVIDIA is expected to announce the RTX 3050 during 1H 2022. (Image source: NVIDIA)
NVIDIA is expected to announce the RTX 3050 during 1H 2022. (Image source: NVIDIA)
More details about the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and Intel Arc A380 have emerged. While the RTX 3050 is tipped to launch with 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, the Intel Arc A380 could come in with 6 GB. The Intel Arc A380 is thought to offer GTX 1650 SUPER levels of performance, too.

@kopite7kimi has provided more details about the GeForce RTX 3050, one of two budget cards that NVIDIA is expected to bring to market under the RTX 30 series. Supposedly, NVIDIA is targeting a 1H 2022 release, potentially in Q2. In the meantime, NVIDIA has plugged its entry-level gap with the RTX 2060 (12 GB), which it will start selling on December 17.

According to @kopite7kimi, the RTX 3050 will feature 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, double the expected capacity of the RX 6500 XT. NVIDIA is also tipped to equip the RTX 3050 with a 128-bit memory bus compared to the 64-bit bus in the RX 6500 XT.

The leaker adds that the RTX 3050 will rely on a GA106 GPU, which NVIDIA uses in the RTX 3060. By contrast, mobile versions of the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti contain the lesser GA107 GPU, instead. @kopite7kimi believes that NVIDIA will go with the GA106-150-A1 variant for the RTX 3050 though, compared to the GA106-300-A1 in the original RTX 3060.

@kopite7kimi insists that the RTX 3050 will have 3,072 cores too, a lot more than either the RX 6500 XT or Intel Arc A380 should feature. Meanwhile, @TUM_APISAK claims that the latter has 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, which could also have a 96-bit bus with 128 Execution Units. @TUM_APISAK expects the Arc A380 to match the GTX 1650 SUPER for performance when it debuts in Q2 2022, as well.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-12- 2 (Update: 2021-12- 2)