Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti – everything we know about the upcoming budget GPU

There could be a new budget GPU coming in the near future: the RTX 3050 Ti. The card could be joining Nvidia’s RTX 3000 range in the future, slotting under the RTX 3060 in terms of price and performance. The card has been spotted as an option on the specs of an Asus gaming laptop by leaker Momomo_us. Geekbench scores for the GPU, running in a Samsung laptop, have been discovered too, with some pretty impressive performance over Nvidia’s budget 16-series cards. There have also been sightings of a non-Ti variant.

With the previous Turing generation of graphics cards, the RTX lineup only went as low as a 2060, so this would be the first 50-named Nvidia card since the GTX 1650 and 1650 Super, and the very first to have hardware-accelerated ray tracing capabilities. The RTX 3060 is currently the cheapest Ampere card available, although when considering price to performance, the RTX 3060 Ti is still the best graphics card for a budget PC build. Not that you can actually get either one now thanks to scalpers.

As it looks like there could be a desktop variant of the 3050 Ti too – it was already spotted along with a non-Ti variant on the specs sheet for a prebuilt Lenovo gaming PC back in January – could the budget crown be taken from the 3060 Ti with this new card?

Here’s everything you need to know about the RTX 3050 Ti.

RTX 3050 Ti Release Date

With zero confirmation from Nvidia on the card’s existence so far, it’s hard to gauge any release date, but you can probably expect it to release some time this year, seeing as leaks on the GPU are coming out faster and faster.

RTX 3050 Ti Price

With the 3060 having an MSRP of $329, you can expect the 3050 Ti to have a price tag somewhere below $300. If current stock issues continue though, the 3050 Ti will likely be resold for much more than its announced MSRP. Being a budget card as well, demand will be even higher than it was for high-end cards like the RTX 3080.

RTX 3050 Ti Performance

Since the desktop RTX 3050 Ti was spotted with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM rather than the 4GB on the laptop listing, there could be a difference between the mobile and desktop versions. This is a trend we’ve seen a few times already, with laptops including an 8GB RTX 3080 instead of the 10GB desktop variant, and a 6GB RTX 3060 rather than its 12GB counterpart. Things can easily change during development, however, as recent rumours claim the unreleased RTX 3080 Ti has dropped from 20GB of VRAM to 12GB.

Screengrab from GeekBench showing the RTX 3050 Ti with a score of 60,559

Initial clues about the GPU’s performance from leaked Geekbench scores are promising – The mobile variant of the RTX 3050 Ti got an OpenCL score of 60,559, which is similar to an RTX 2060 Max-Q, while being a 52.6% improvement over the average score of the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q. We can expect similar performance improvements for any desktop variant of the card, too.