NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 mobile emerges as a low-profile 65W desktop GPU

Published: Jul 18th 2023, 19:31 GMT   Comments

Chinese hybrid mobile/desktop GPU puts more memory on RTX 3050 Laptop GPU

Retailers now offer a true Frankenstein of a GPU, a mobile GPU in desktop form factor with more memory. 

Last year in January, NVIDIA introduced the RTX 3050 desktop GPU, which arrived later than its mobile counterpart. However, it wasn’t merely a desktop version of the well-established RTX 3050 Laptop GPU; it featured a different GPU altogether.

The RTX 3050 desktop variant showcases the GA106-150 GPU and is equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. In contrast, the Laptop version utilized a GA107 GPU and had 4GB of memory. Additionally, the desktop version boasted 2560 CUDA cores, surpassing the mobile version by an additional 512 cores. In terms of power, the desktop GPU maintained a default 130W TDP, even higher than its successor, the RTX 4060, which operated at 115W. The Mobile GPU, on the other hand, could be configured to function within a range of 35 to 80W.

RTX 3050 mobile in desktop form, Source: JD

Recently, a low-profile GPU has emerged on a Chinese e-tail platform, offering an intermediate option between both variants of RTX 3050. This GPU is limited to 2048 CUDA cores, indicating its usage of a mobile BIOS, but it boasts an upgraded 8GB memory capacity like the desktop SKU. Moreover, it operates at a mere 65W TDP, eliminating the need for a power connector typically required by most desktop RTX 3050 GPUs.

When it comes to small form factor options, NVIDIA and its board partners have provided limited choices for gamers. Alongside the RTX 3050, the company introduced a workstation GPU, the RTX A2000, featuring the GA106 GPU. However, the similarities between these two models end there. The RTX A2000 showcases 3328 CUDA cores, 6GB GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit interface, retains a 70W TDP, and does not require an external power connector.

The RTX 3050 Mobile/Desktop hybrid GPU is currently listed at 1999 RMB ($278), which seems to match most RTX 3050 on the platform.

Source: JD, ITHome via Tom’s Hardware

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