Nvidia has announced the new RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3050 graphics cards for affordable gaming laptops. These two new graphics cards will launch in laptops starting at $ 799 and support the latest RTX 30 series features such as RTX ray tracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling).

Some of the first laptops to use these new graphics are the Dell XPS 15 and Lenovo Legion 5i.

Nvidia's goal with these new gaming laptops is to achieve over 60 frames per second (fps) in 1080p games at medium settings with ray tracing and DLSS enabled. They're an update to the GTX 1650 Ti and 1650, Nvidia's entry-level gaming laptop option. These 16-series cards were made in lieu of an RTX 2050 because the performance wasn't currently high enough to handle RTX effects. While the GTX cards technically support ray tracing, they lacked – in contrast to the RTX 3050 Ti and 3050 – dedicated hardware for ray tracing.

Samsung first spoiled the surprise last week when it revealed the ultra-slim Galaxy Book Pro Odyssey and the mysterious RTX 3050 Ti graphics card inside. Now we have all the details about the RTX 3050 Ti and 3050 that Nvidia shared with the press prior to their announcement.

CUDA cores RT cores Tensor cores memory Bus width Base clock Boost clock TGP
RTX 3050 Ti 2560 20th 80 4 GB GDDR6 128-bit MHz 1695 MHz 30-80w
RTX 3050 2048 16 64 4 GB GDDR6 128-bit MHz 1740 MHz 30-80w
GTX 1650 Ti 1024 N / A N / A 4 GB GDDR6 128-bit 1350 MHz 1485 MHz 50w
GTX 1660 Ti 1536 N / A N / A 6 GB GDDR6 192-bit 1455 MHz 1590 MHz 50w
RTX 3060 3840 30th 120 12 GB GDDR6 192-bit 900 MHz 1425 MHz 60-115w

The RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3050 are a clear upgrade from the GTX 1650 Ti. Not only does the total number of CUDA cores increase by 60%, the addition of RT cores and Tensor cores also means much better ray tracing and DLSS Power. Nvidia did not provide any information about the base frequency of these two new graphics cards, but did offer a number of boosting frequencies.

Based on the same factors, the RTX 3050 Ti and 3050 should also outperform the GTX 1660 Ti. However, the 4 GB GDDR6 video memory with a 128-bit bus puts the RTX 3050 Ti at a disadvantage compared to the GTX 1660 Ti. Nvidia did not offer any direct performance comparisons with the GTX 1660 Ti.

Instead, Nvidia focused on comparing the RTX 3050 Ti and the GTX 1650 Ti, specifically in five games: Call of Duty: Warzone, Outriders, Control (RT), Watchdogs Legion (RT), and Minecraft (RTX). Only two of these titles, Call of Duty and Outriders, are considered "fair" comparisons without ray tracing. Nvidia didn't provide specific frame rates, but performance increased by about 15%. This can be done without DLSS enabled, which otherwise improves performance.

Of course, if you want to try ray tracing, the RTX 3050 Ti lets you play games at over 60 fps as long as DLSS is always enabled. Playing Minecraft with RTX that uses path tracking is basically a non-starter for the GTX 1650 Ti.

I can imagine that most gamers will be more interested in how the RTX 3050 Ti handles lighter esports titles without heavy ray tracing effects, but we don't know exactly how they work until we can test the systems for ourselves.

The first Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti and 3050 laptops will go on sale on May 11th.

Nvidia has also announced an update of its Nvidia Studio laptops in the form of new drivers for laptops such as the Dell XPS 17, HP ZBook Studio, Asus Zephyrus M16, Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Pro, MSI Creator Z16 and many more. These laptops now support RTX 30 series graphics cards and should have a significant benefit in content creation performance.

The introduction of the Nvidia graphics card is also in line with new mobile processors from Intel, the 45-watt H-series chips of the 11th generation of the Tiger Lake line. Other gaming laptops like the Razer Blade 15 received significant updates to these latest processors and added some new features like a 1080p webcam.

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