The GeForce RTX 3050 from NVIDIA is an entry-level chipset that is equipped with GA106-160 GPU with 2560 CUDA cores. On top of that, the SKU features 8GB of GDDR6 memory attached to a 128-bit bus.
What’s more, the RTX 3050 is among the several GPUs from NVIDIA to come equipped with hardware acceleration for ray tracing. It has followed the suit of the mobile RTX 3050 series and RTX 2050. Additionally, it also features DLSS support, which makes this card an attractive buy. After all, there is n number of games that support DLSS.
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However, GeForce RTX 3050 has its own disadvantages; its PCIe Gen4 interface is limited to eight lanes. The reason could be that NVIDIA is likely to switch to GA107 at some point. The GA107 has a hardware limitation and it cannot support 16 lanes.
As for pricing, the chipset might arrive with a price tag of 249 USD; NVIDIA has stated that it will release some cards for an MSRP of 249 USD. But this pricing is kind of forced on the board partners. Anyways, they will sell several cards at much more expensive pricing.
Lastly, The RTX 3050 should become available through all the major retailers. It is worth noting that you might not see this card at the MSRP after a while. So, if you want to buy one, this is your chance.