Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti desktop variants could hit shelves sometime in Q2, 2022 ↺
The laptop variants of Nvidia's entry-level RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti GPUs have been out and about for quite some time now. However, we're yet to see a desktop-grade version of either card. A new report from Videocardz suggests that we may have to wait till 2022. We can expect Nvidia to launch the graphics cards alongside their beefier siblings, such as the rumoured GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 2060 12GB.
Both the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3050 will allegedly use a GA106-150 GPU. The latter is expected to feature 8GB of VRAM, 3,072 CUDA cores, 72 SMs, and perform on par with the GTX 1660 Super. Similarly, we can expect the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti to offer GeForce RTX 2060-level performance. Our in-depth analysis concluded that the laptop versions of both cards were somewhat lacklustre, and it'll be interesting to see how their desktop siblings hold up against the competition.
Despite the GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti's late arrival, both cards will serve as a breath of fresh air for those on a tight budget. One can't blame Nvidia for taking its own time to launch the graphics cards, as it would much rather use its facilities to push out high-end SKUs instead of entry-level ones. Furthermore, one would still have to pay exorbitantly high prices to get their hands on an RTX 3050 or RTX 3050 Ti, as they'll probably be scooped up by scalpers/crypto miners the moment they get launched.