The recently released NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8GB graphics card will soon be available in two flavors, one featuring a more efficient design.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8GB graphics card is currently equipped with the Ampere GA106 graphics core. The GA106-150 SKU is a very stripped-down version of the full-fledged GA106 chip and contains 2560 cores and 8 GB of memory, running over a 128-bit bus interface. Now, the latest report from Igor’s Lab says that a new GA107 GPU variant of the card that was rumored a few months ago is coming soon.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card with GA106 and GA107 GPU configurations will retain the same specifications as the current models and AIB will have no trouble migrating to the new chip as GA107 and GA106 are pin compatible and no new circuit boards are required. However, although the specifications remain the same, one fundamental change can be expected in the new model.
The GeForce RTX 3050, especially the GA107 GPU variant, is stated to have a 115W TBP compared to the GA106 variant’s 130W TBP. This is possible thanks to the more efficient GA107 architecture, which is mainly aimed at the mobile device segment and closer to the desktop segment.
It is also stated that the GA106 should provide the best overclocking since its maximum power limit is rated around 150W and the GA107 GPU is rated at around 130-140W peak limit, though this has yet to be confirmed and NVIDIA may let AIB unlock the GA107 in order same power limit as GA106. Please note that the RTX 3050 is also rumored to be getting a 4GB model with reduced specs and a GA107 GPU.
It is also stated that the presence of a graphics card in both the GA106 and GA107 will mean that NVIDIA may offer gamers an increased offering of the mainstream RTX 3050 cards, and may also lead to a possible price reduction from the current inflated prices. There will be no clear indication as to which graphics card is equipped with the GA107 or GA106, unless the manufacturers list it on their retail packages.