NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 will be more powerful than GTX 1660 SUPER, expected to launch in Q2 2022


The previous rumors about the RTX 3050 are actually quite outdated at the moment. Information about this promising graphics card model has in fact been around since January of this year. But for some reason (or several) that only NVIDIA knows, the launch plan has been postponed for now, and is expected to continue “delay”.

However, over time, rumors about the RTX 3050 have also been updated. According to the latest share from blogger Kopite7Kimim, the RTX 3050 Ti will have a GA106-150 GPU, while the RTX 3050 variant will usually have a GA107-350 GPU. In particular, the GeForce RTX 3050 is said to offer higher performance than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, but still lower than the 12GB RTX 2060 model expected to launch next month. This means that the GeForce RTX 3050 will not be positioned by NVIDIA to compete with the Radeon RX 6600 series, but instead the rumored RX 6500XT to launch in the first quarter of 2022. But not only that. , the competition promises to become more attractive with the participation of Intel Arc A128, which is also expected to launch in the first half of 2022, but a little later than the two names mentioned above.

What all of these GPU models have in common is their performance goal, which is to handle the way a regular 1080p/e-sport game does. This is a segment that the market has a high demand for, but it is a bit “missing in size” and therefore has been somewhat forgotten in recent times. Below is a table comparing the specifications of the GeForce RTX 3050, Radeon RX 6600, and Arc A128, based on the available information:

GeForce RTX 3050/Ti Radeon RX 6500 XT Intel Arc A128
GPU GA106-150 Navi 24 XT DG2-128
Core FP32 3072 (?) 1024 1024
Memory Unknown 4 GB GDDR6 6 GB GDDR6
Memory bus Unknown 64-bit 96-bit
Release time Q2 2022 Q1 2022 Q2 2022

The RTX 3050 is not the only new model that NVIDIA plans to launch in 2022. Besides that, there are also notable names in the upper segment such as RTX 3090 Ti, RTX 3080 12GB and RTX 3070 Ti 16GB, all of which are expected to launch early next year. The table below lists SKU numbers and codes (some of which have never been mentioned before), thereby providing a glimpse of the products mentioned above.

RTX 3090 Ti RTX 3080 12GB RTX 3070 Ti 16GB RTX 3050 RTX 2060 12GB
Release time January 2022 January 2022 January 2022 Q2 2022 December 2021
Model PG136 SKU 05 PG132 SKU 25 PG141 SKU 14 PG190 SKU 70 PG161 SKU 64
GPU GA102-350-A1 GA-102-220-A1 GA104-401-A1 GA106-150-A1 TU106-300-Kx-A1
CUDA Core 10752 Unknown 6144 3072 (?) 1920
Memory 24GB GDDR6X 12GB GDDR6X 16GB GDDR6X Unknown 12GB GDDR6

Obviously at the present time, the source of authentic information is still very limited. But the reappearance of the RTX 3050 is something to look forward to for NVIDIA fans. After all, this time NVIDIA will have to plan carefully, because they will be competing with not one but two opponents, all very formidable.

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