It's not just Intel announcing new hardware today, as NVIDIA have now joined in with the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti for laptops. Currently, no desktop models have been announced as their focus is solely on mobile form factor. However, it's highly likely they will appear eventually.
"The latest wave of laptops provides the perfect opportunity to upgrade, particularly for gamers and creators with older laptops who want to experience the magic of RTX,” said Mark Aevermann, director of product management for laptops at NVIDIA. “There are now five times more RTX 30 Series gaming laptops that are thinner than 18mm compared with previous-generation RTX systems, delivering groundbreaking performance with very sleek and portable designs."
Pricing will start at $799 with no UK/EU pricing being given yet, we'll have to see what system builders come up with. NVIDIA claim this is targetting the "most mainstream audience" to offer 60FPS at 1080p in some quite demanding games with Ray Tracing on.
Here's a specs comparison based on the press details sent:
|GPU (Laptop)||RTX 3080||RTX 3070||RTX 3060||RTX 3050 Ti||RTX 3050|
|Ray Tracing Cores||48||40||30||20||16|
|Boost Clock||1245-1710 MHz||1290-1620 MHz||1283-1703 MHz||1035-1695MHz||1057-1740MHz|
|GPU Subsystem Power||80-150W||80-125W||60-115W||35-80W||35-80W|
|Memory||16GB / 8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6||4GB GDDR6||4GB GDDR6|
|Memory Interface Width||256-bit||256-bit||192-bit||128-bit||128-bit|
NVIDIA also showed it off a little but as usual, it's Windows-focused:
Also, NVIDIA also recently announced back in April that they expect GPU shortages to continue until at least 2022.
We're expected a new NVIDIA driver release today too, as usual when new hardware is announced.
Do you think you'll be looking to get one? Let us know in the comments.