NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti: Affordable Gaming Laptops

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti: Affordable Gaming Laptops

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti

NVIDIA rode the announcement of new Intel mobile processors to introduce the GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti for laptops, along with a new wave of gaming laptops. Enough to cross the threshold of 140 models equipped with RTX 3000 and to take another step forward in a process that obviously aims to replace all models equipped with previous GPUs, in order to make ray tracing and DLSS a standard for laptops too. .

RTX for everyone

In a few years gaming laptops have become much more affordable and powerful The GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti are two cards designed to bring ray tracing and DLSS into the low end. They therefore replace the GeForce GTX of the Turing family, deprived of the technologies of the higher-end models for reasons of price and base power. Two factors that have been overcome with the transition to the Ampere range that with the GeForce RTX 3050 promises gaming at more than 50 frames per second without compromise, with a doubling in performance compared to the models of the last generation. All starting at $ 799 which is not bad considering that we are talking about laptops that should also be cooler and quieter.

For the GeForce RTX 3050 We are obviously talking about a higher starting price, but we still expect aggressive figures, at least from the cheaper models, given the willingness of the market to focus on the growing segment of creators. In fact, these are now 300 million and they need computers capable of combining easy portability with good power, both for work and for play. And with the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti there is talk of being able to play at more than 60fps, with peaks of even 100, at least in the case of titles with support for DLSS technology.


Ray tracing at 60 frames per second even on entry level gaming laptops Unfortunately, during the short presentation of NVIDIA no specific details were revealed on the hardware equipment of the GeForce RTX 3050 or the RTX 3050 Ti, neither in terms of CUDA core nor in terms of memory, cores dedicated to ray tracing lighting or cores dedicated to DLSS upscaling. But for the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, some internal benchmarks were shown that the NVIDIA mobile card is capable of running Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War at over 95 frames per second and Outriders at over 70 frames per second.

As for the ray tracing titles we find Control at more than 60fps, Watch Dogs: Legion at about 70fps and Minecraft with RTX at more than 60 frames per second. Let's be clear, we're talking about medium graphics settings, but also about DLSS set at maximum quality. It goes without saying that in performance mode it is probably possible to raise the quality of the visual effects while maintaining similar performance. There is also talk of thinner laptops and a general improvement of screens with HDR and Adobe RGB 100% displays, as in the case of the new Dell XPS 17 and the new IdeaPad 51 Pro, equipped with RTX 3050 and with a screen with a resolution of 1440p.

The advantages, however, are not limited to gaming. The arrival of less expensive RTX solutions brings to the world of mid-range and low-end laptops all the advantages of NVIDIA technologies which, where supported, guarantee sound removal and green screen managed by artificial intelligence through Broadcast software, the advantage of super resolution in Photoshop and RTX acceleration in NVIDIA Omniverse that add to advantages in over 200 applications, 60 of which are fully exploited. Support also includes acceleration for engineering applications, as well as of course support for developer suites like Unity and L'unreal Engine.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti promise $799 RTX gaming laptops

a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: The <a href="https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/">Lenovo</a> Legion 5i Pro <a href="https://www.sportsgaming.win/2021/03/pokemon-stripping-pokemon-is-one-of.html">is one of</a> the first RTX 3050/3050 Ti-based laptops. Lenovo © Provided by CNET The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro is one of the first RTX 3050/3050 Ti-based laptops. Lenovo

For that little extra oomph in your budget gaming or STEM laptop, Nvidia's expanding its mainstream entry-level graphics processor line downward to the GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti, which are intended to take the place of the GTX 1650 and 1650 Ti in laptop lineups starting at around $799. Given the current state of chip supplies, though, I wonder if we'll see many actually come in at that price.

This comes as we're still waiting to hear about AMD's competing RX 6000 series of mobile GPUs; the chips have yet to be announced, but AMD says we'll see laptops with them by the end of June. And one trend that will hit you in the face this go-round is the (very welcome) spate of 165Hz QHD-resolution screen options -- even Razer, which has had a 240Hz QHD display for its Blade 15 Advanced for only three months is switching over to a newer panel with a broader color gamut.

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As has become habit with mobile processor launches, Nvidia and Intel have been making them in tandem. At the same time as the 3050 and 3050 Ti, Intel has revealed its remaining 11th-gen, Tiger Lake-H higher-power mobile CPUs -- the 35-watt versions (H35) for thin gaming and creative laptops were announced at CES , which seem to be a more fitting match for the lower-power 3050 GPUs.

However, for some of the new Nvidia Studio laptops also being announced today, such as the RTX 3050-based Lenovo Legion 5i Pro, it can make sense to pair a higher-powered CPU with a relatively low-performing discrete GPU like the RTX 3050. For instance, photo editing is still much more CPU intensive than GPU intensive -- though that's changing slowly as multiple and high-resolution monitors become more prevalent and more software operations take advantage of GPU acceleration.

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For gaming, yes, it should be much better than the old low-end GTX architecture GPUs, but don't expect miracles. Even Nvidia's own examples show AAA titles like Control, Watch Dogs: Legion and Minecraft RTX still not hitting 60fps in 1080p without using DLSS, the company's upscaling algorithms -- and that's for the RTX 3050 Ti, not the 3050, and at midquality settings. That's not to say you won't get good visuals and frame rates on some of your favorite games. Just that you may still need to pay closer to $1,000 to get the performance you want.

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But the Ampere-based RTX 3050 GPUs bring with them advantages over even the Turing-based RTX 20-series, including decent DLSS and ray-tracing performance, more efficient (and thus faster) processing algorithms and support for the generally higher throughput PCIe Gen 4 enables. Keep in mind, though, that just because all of the RTX 30-series GPUs support PCIe 4.0, it's up to individual laptop manufacturers whether or not to actually implement it; given that Intel's 11th-gen H series CPUs now incorporate PCIe 4.0, you're more likely to see laptops that take advantage of it. 

Nvidia also announced some new features for its XSplit VCam-ish Nvidia Broadcast software (and Broadcast is one of the few reasons I periodically consider swapping out my AMD Radeon RX 6800XT for an RTX card): room echo and video noise removal, pet and cicada (!) background audio removal, and support for using multiple effects simultaneously.

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