Nvidia has already released its Ampere lineup of flagship GPUs, and we have been hearing a lot of chatter on the web regarding the company’s plans to counter AMD’s upcoming RDNA 2 gaming cards. Many new SKUs were already rumored before, some also got cancelled, but some of the cards are still in the launch pipeline, sporting better specs than previous counterparts as well.
If you have been following the latest tech news and Nvidia’s roadmap since the past few months or so, then you might have heard rumors that Nvidia was allegedly prepping to launch more SKUs in the current Ampere GPU lineup.
Now we have some more leaks on Nvidia’s Ampere GPU lineup, once again as reported by Kopite7kimi, who is a well-known and reliable Nvidia leaker. For the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3060 Ti GPU rumors, please kindly check this article. Details on the RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 Ti Ampere gaming GPUs can be found here.
Kopite7kimi has provided us with some fresh info on the GA107-300 GPU core silicon which is used and reserved by Nvidia for entry-level/mainstream SKUs.
RTX 3050, GA107-300, 2304FP32, 90W TGP
— kopite7kimi4virgil (@kopite7kimi) November 9, 2020
According to the leaker, Nvidia has one more SKU in the pipeline, the RTX 3050. This entry-level card would be based on the GA107-300 GPU silicon, and it will sport 2304 FP32 CUDA Cores. It is also said that this SKU is going to have a 90 Watts max TGP power consumption, and will require a SINGLE 6-pin PCIe/PEG power connector.
For context, the GeForce RTX 1650 features 896 CUDA cores and the GTX 1650 SUPER GPU sports 1280 CUDA cores. However, even though Nvidia has doubled the number of cores per Streaming Multiprocessors or SMs, this doesn’t necessarily mean we can expect double the performance in games or other applications as well.
The leaker has not shared any Memory specs, but we expect at least 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM at a minimum, since this is an entry-level gaming graphics card. The Memory bus width is expected to be 128-bit, as is the case with most entry-level cards.
It appears this time we won’t be getting any GTX-branded cards lacking hardware Ray Tracing/Tensor cores. This would also be the first time NVIDIA is bringing RTX support on its x050-series SKUs. But we expect Nvidia to target the low-end/entry-level and mid-range GPU market segment as well, like they have done in the past.
Tensor cores may help improve performance in games via DLSS AI up-scaling, but we don’t know how entry-level GPUs are going to benefit from this feature, including ray tracing/RTX in games.
This all depends on how well AMD responds back with their low-end/mid-range/mainstream NAVI RX 6000-series lineup, which is based on the new and refined RDNA 2 GPU architecture. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is expected to launch in December, with the RTX 3060, RTX 3050 Ti, and RTX 3050 GPUs rumored to land early next year (January/February).
But do make a note that Nvidia has not officially announced these new SKUs, so we don’t have any specific timeline set for these rumored Ampere gaming cards. But these cards are surely in the company’s planned roadmap.
Stay tuned for more!