NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 rumored to be faster than GTX 1660 SUPER, coming Q2 2022

Published: Nov 26th 2021, 22:14 GMT   Comments

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NVIDIA preparing PG190 SKU 70 with GA106-150 GPU

We have just learned some new details on the upcoming RTX 3050 series. The new information comes from the same source that told us about RTX 2060 12GB weeks in advance before any such rumors appeared elsewhere.

The RTX 3050 rumors are actually quite old at this point. AIBs were informed about this SKU in January this year, but for reasons only known to NVIDIA, the series was shelved till October. This is when Kopite7Kimi shared new information on the RTX 3050 series. He alleged that RTX 3050 Ti will feature GA106-150 GPU whereas the RTX 3050 non-Ti would get GA107-350 GPU. According to our source, there is a small modification to those specs.

A graphics card which is internally referred to as PG190 SKU 70 will feature GA106-150 GPU. It was indeed rumored to be RTX 3050 Ti, but our source now believes it is actually the non-Ti model. We were also told that it might feature 8GB memory, but we couldn’t verify this claim with other sources, which is why it is marked as ‘to be confirmed’ in the charts below.

As we were told, the GeForce RTX 3050 is to have higher performance than GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, but still lower than RTX 2060 12GB, which is launching next month. What this means is that the card will not compete with Radeon RX 6600 series, but rather the rumored RX 6500XT which is to launch in the first quarter of 2022. Additionally, we also have Intel Arc A128 (rumored SKU name) coming a bit later.

What all these cards have in common is their performance target, which is casual/e-sports 1080p gaming. To get a better understanding of how neglected this segment has been in the past 2 years, we put all these SKUs in a 1080p relative performance chart from  TechPowerUP.

Entry-level GPU Segment in 1080p gaming, Source: TechPowerUP

RUMORED 2022 Entry-Level Graphics Cards
VideoCardzGeForce RTX 3050/Ti*Radeon RX 6500 XTIntel Arc A128*
GPUGA106-150Navi 24 XTDG2-128
FP32 Cores3072 (?)10241024
Memory BusTBC64-bit96-bit
Launch DateQ2 2022Q1 2022Q2 2022

* naming has not been confirmed

The RTX 3050 isn’t the only new card on internal roadmaps, NVIDIA is also planning RTX 3090 Ti, RTX 3080 12GB, and RTX 3070 Ti 16GB models, all expected to launch early next year. The chart also lists board and SKU numbers (some of them were never published before), which should help you keep track of all these new cards. This is especially important when NVIDIA tends to shift board numbers to different SKUs, such as in RTX 3050Ti/non-Ti case:

Upcoming NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Cards
VideoCardz.comRTX 3090 TiRTX 3080 12GBRTX 3070 Ti 16GBRTX 3050RTX 2060 12GB
Launch DateJanuary 2022January 2022January 2022Q2 2022December 7, 2021
ModelPG136 SKU 05PG132 SKU 25PG141 SKU 14PG190 SKU 70PG161 SKU 64
CUDA Cores10752TBC61443072 (?)2176

Clearly, there are still more questions than answers, but the RTX 3050 reappearance is a relatively new development. It shouldn’t really surprise anyone if there is another change in the coming weeks. After all, this time NVIDIA has to plan ahead to compete with not one but two competitors.

If you would like to learn more as to why neither AMD nor NVIDIA has released their entry-level GPUs with the current generation of GPUs yet, then it might be worth checking the most recent HardwareUnboxed Q&A video, which covers this topic in detail:

The following video is timestamped
[Hardware Unboxed] AMD/Nvidia Holding Back New GPUs? Zen 3D on Existing Motherboards? - November Q&A [Part 2] (83,505 views)

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