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Nvidia RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti might be released as desktop graphics cards after all

The RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti have been around for a while, but only in laptop GPU form. Rumours of a desktop release largely died down this year, but new reports this week indicate that both GPUs may still come to desktop with updated specifications. 

In November 2020, @kopite7kimi shared the first rumoured specifications of the RTX 3050 Ti, which he claimed to feature a GA106 GPU with 3,584 CUDA cores. However, that doesn't seem to be the case anymore, as the leaker now claims the RTX 3050 Ti will come with 3,072 CUDA cores. Moreover, he added this SKU will come with the GA106-150-A1 GPU and 6/12GB of GDDR6 memory.

As for the RTX 3050, it was first claimed that this SKU would be powered by a GA107-300 GPU with 2,304 CUDA cores enabled, featuring a 90W TGP, but that has changed as well. According to the updated specifications, the upcoming graphics card will pack a GA107-350-A1 GPU and come with a higher TGP. This SKU should come with a 4/8GB memory configuration.

Considering the “A1” naming in the GPUs of the RTX 3050 series SKUs, it seems likely that these graphics cards will use Nvidia's anti-mining technology, which has been implemented in most RTX 30 series graphics cards at this point.

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KitGuru says: Considering the rumoured specifications, the RTX 3050 series cards would be a welcome addition to the entry-level gaming GPU market.   

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