Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050 appeared online, or at least the specifications of this alleged new graphics card were highlighted on Twitter. This model will be equipped with 2304 CUDA cores and a 90W TDP on a GA107 die.
The prolific leaker "kopite7kimi" is once again the source of this speculation related to Nvidia (who also recently published details of the alleged RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 Ti GPUs).
Apparently the RTX 3050 will use the GA107 GPU, the model below GA106 that will fuel the RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 Ti according to rumors - but it is still an RTX card, which means it will support ray tracing.
In other words, theoretically there will be no GTX versions with the Ampere range, and even low-end Nvidia GPUs will have ray tracing capabilities.
The RTX 3050 will presumably work with 2304 CUDA cores, compared to 3840 CUDA cores for the RTX 3060 (3584 for the 3060 Ti). This represents a significant increase over the low-end Turing GPUs (the GTX 1650 Super offers 1280 CUDA cores, the 1660 and the Super variant have 1408, while the 1660 Ti has 1536).
The power consumption for the RTX 3050 will be 90 W. At the moment unfortunately, specifications with clock speed and memory configuration details are not available.
Also, as Videocardz pointed out, which spotted the aforementioned tweet, Nvidia has doubled the number of CUDA cores for SM (multiprocessor streaming) with the Ampere architecture, which obviously means that comparing performance between generations of Nvidia GPUs is not that simple.
DLSS for everyone?
The RTX 3050 could be a great entry-level board that would help bring DLSS and Ray Tracing to the masses. It would also be perfect for cheap gaming laptops.
Nvidia's RTX 3060 Ti is expected to be the next Ampere GPU to be released, theoretically coming in December, with the RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 expected to arrive in early 2021 instead.