NVIDIA may release a new version of GeForce RTX 3050 with Ampere GA107 chip and reduced TDP

NVIDIA decision to use a scaled-down version of GA106 instead of the full-scale GA107 in the desktop GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card seemed to be somewhat unexpected and was written off as being due to the still current shortage of semiconductors and the manufacturer's desire to match the suppliers capabilities. But if we believe the information of Igor Wallossek, the chief editor of the resource Igor'sLAB (Igor Wallossek), NVIDIA is preparing and GA107-version graphics card.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (GA106 GPU)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (GA106 GPU) Image source: Inno3d

The original desktop GeForce RTX 3050 has 2560 CUDA cores, 80 texture mapping blocks, 32 rasterization blocks and 20 RT cores. What's more, with 16 lanes of PCIe Gen4 supported by GA106-150 processor, the developer has halved their number for an entry level graphics card. This was clearly done in order to meet the specifications of the GA107 which may appear in an alternative version of the same model.

Mr. Vallosek noted that the GA106 and GA107 chips are pin-compatible, which means that graphics card manufacturers will not have to make any global changes in the configuration - the replacement will only affect the graphics processor and BIOS. According to the source, a new version of GeForce RTX 3050 will also have lower power consumption: GA106 has 130 W of TDP, while GA107 will have 115 W. Resource Igor'sLAB has not yet specified when NVIDIA may offer an updated version of the GeForce RTX 3050, but if it happens, it has a chance to become the most popular in the GeForce RTX 30-series.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Specifications
VideoCardz GeForce RTX 3060 GeForce RTX 3050 GeForce RTX 3050 Radeon RX 6500 XT
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GPU GA106-400 GA106-150 GA107-??? Navi 24 XT
Cores
 
 
3584
 
 
2560
 
 
2560
 
 
1024
RT Cores
 
 
28
 
 
20
 
 
20
 
 
16
Tensors
 
 
112
 
 
80
 
 
80
Memory
 
 
12GB GDDR6
 
 
8GB GDDR6
 
 
8GB GDDR6
 
 
4GB GDDR6
Memory Clock
 
 
15 Gbps
 
 
14 Gbps
 
 
14 Gbps
 
 
18 Gbps
Memory Bus
 
 
192-bit
 
 
128-bit
 
 
128-bit
 
 
64-bit
TGP/TBP
 
 
170W
 
 
130W
 
 
115W
 
 
107W
Maximum Bandwidth
 
 
360 GB/s
 
 
224 GB/s
 
 
224 GB/s
 
 
144 GB/s
MSRP
 
 
329 USD
 
 
249 USD
 
 
249 USD
 
 
199 USD
Release Date February 2021 January 2022 TBC January 2022

 

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