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The Sneaky Appearance of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 6GB: A Budget GPU Delight

Ah, the elusive budget GPU! It seems like we might soon be graced with a lower-spec variant of the RTX 3050. Behold, the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 6...

Anne Ostler Jan 31, 2024
The Sneaky Appearance of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 6GB: A Budget GPU Delight


Ah, the elusive budget GPU! It seems like we might soon be graced with a lower-spec variant of the RTX 3050. Behold, the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 6GB version has briefly emerged from the shadows on an Austrian online retailer. With slightly toned-down specs across the board, this card promises even lower performance than its 8GB counterpart. But fear not, for it comes with a 46% lower TDP of a mere 70 watts! How intriguing!

Rumors about this best-budget contender have been circulating for a few months now. We first caught wind of it three months ago, and then fresh rumors resurfaced just a month ago. However, this is the first time we've glimpsed the card wandering in the wild, teasing us with its imminent arrival.

While we may not be getting the truly fascinating budget Nvidia GPU we've been dreaming of, the RTX 3050 6GB offers gamers on a tight budget another option to consider. In fact, this new GPU could make life difficult for the new AMD Ryzen 8700G APU, as even the RTX 3050 6GB should outshine AMD's latest integrated graphics champion. Oh, the plot thickens!

Curiously, the new RTX 3050 6GB is expected to replace the 8GB version. This opens up intriguing possibilities for an RTX 4050 to slide in between the 6GB and the mighty RTX 4060. Alternatively, we might witness a slight price drop for the RTX 4060 to fill the gap and challenge the AMD Radeon RX 7600. Oh, the suspense!

The 6GB version of the RTX 3050 is anticipated to have a 10% reduction in CUDA cores and a drop in memory bandwidth, in addition to its reduced VRAM. As a result, we can expect its performance to take a considerable hit. However, leaked specs suggest that the new card will come with a drop in price and significantly lower power consumption compared to the current version. Efficiency at its finest!

Now, let's talk numbers. That 46% reduction in TGP/TDP refers to the 6GB version versus the OEM version of the 8GB model. You'll find the OEM version in pre-built PC systems, while the retail version of the RTX 3050 8GB has a TGP of 115 watts. Consequently, the RTX 3050 6GB's 70-watt TGP represents a 39% reduction. Impressive!

The lower power consumption of the RTX 3050 6GB not only opens up the possibility of using it in basic gaming systems but also suggests that passive cooling could be a breeze. Cool, quiet, and budget-friendly – a triple threat!

Now, brace yourself for a strange twist. The price listed by the rogue retailer was actually higher than the current 8GB RTX 3050 models, clocking in at $249, which is the MSRP for the 8GB variant. That would indeed be an absurd price for a card with such modest specifications, especially when you can snag an 8GB version for $219. Fear not, for we expect the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 6GB to be priced around $179, based on the current rumors. Phew!

As for the official release date, we're still in the dark. However, the appearance of the RTX 3050 6GB on a retailer, combined with previous rumors, suggests that it will grace us with its presence in February 2024. The countdown begins!

So, dear readers, does a card like the RTX 3050 6GB pique your interest, or do you consider such affordable GPUs a mere distraction? Share your thoughts with us on the PCGamesN Facebook and Twitter pages. Let the budget GPU debates commence!