In electronic components, absolute power is expensive and consumes a lot of energy. For gamers and other creatives who do not want to put 3000 € in their machine and prevent it from serving as a barbecue, Nvidia offers its generation of RTX 30 chips (Amp generation) in two new chips: the RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti.

Still engraved in 8 nm by Samsung, these mid-range chips (at the bottom, there are the MX) are particularly aimed at PCs equipped with the new Tiger Lake H chips launched today by Intel. So comfortable laptop designs (rather from 15 inches) and efficient. But not necessarily overpriced… nor thick like dictionaries.

Incorporating 2560 and 2048 CUDA cores respectively, the GeForce RTX 3050Ti and RTX 3050 are the little sisters of the RTX 30 family. The memory bus is limited to 128 bits (compared to 256 for the RTX 3070 and 192 for the RTX 3060) and memory maximum restricted to 4 GB of VRAM. This greater modesty in terms of performance makes it possible to obtain TDPs much lower than the big sisters. While the RTX 3060 is configurable (by manufacturers) from 60 to 115W, the RTX 3050Ti and RTX 3050 offer wiser ranges – from 35W to 80W. What facilitates the integration into fine designs. But also – possibly – losing consumers. Hopefully Nvidia maintains its grip on manufacturers by forcing them to announce TDPs on the technical sheets. Because, and this is quite logical, the higher the TDP, the more power the chip develops…

If the performances are, quite logically, below the flagships, the Ampere architecture of the batch “3050” promises very significant gains in matter, in particular in the games where the ray-tracing is activated.

Disappointment however: Nvidia did not deign to communicate comparative results in simple rasterization (that is to say without ray-tracing) with its previous generations so that we can get an idea of ​​the performance gain compared to the different versions. (Super, Ti) of the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 (there was no RTX 2050). In the (rare) examples provided by the company, all titles send over 60 fps per second at average image quality using DLSS. But as AMD has not yet launched its competitor the FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution), it is difficult to compare at constant perimeter. One thing is for sure though: at average 1080p with DLSS enabled, the RTX3050Ti would send over 95 fps, which bodes well for a great card for nervous FPS enthusiasts.

Laptops integrating the first RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3050 should be available now in some of the machines announced with Intel Tiger Lake H chips. The first prices for these “3050” machines would be around 800 euros.


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