NVIDIA is reviving an old name in its line of graphics chips, but this time it’s for decidedly modern technology. Like AnandTech reports, the company introduced a GeForce RTX 2050 laptop GPU that may look like recycled low-end hardware, but is based on the same Ampere design as the RTX 3050 series. The naming scheme is confusing, for the least, but it gives you up-to-date ray tracing in a potentially more affordable package.
You’ll have to settle for a 64-bit memory bus instead of the 3050’s 128-bit tube, and the boost clock stops at 1477 MHz versus 1740 MHz. However, you’ll still get the same 2,048 CUDA cores and 4GB of GDDR6 memory, while the maximum power consumption drops to a much more reasonable 45W compared to the 80W of high-end chips. This is partly intended for “mid-size” laptops that don’t have the chassis space or batteries for the RTX 30 GPUs.
The company also unveiled two entry-level chips, the MX550 and MX570, although it is shy about details beyond promises of more CUDA cores, faster memory, and better efficiency. more energy than the MX450 they replace. The MX550 is based on the older Turing architecture, while the MX570 uses Ampere. As with older MX chips, these are aimed at thin and light laptops where the integrated graphics may not be good enough.
There is another issue beyond the mark: the output window. NVIDIA doesn’t expect the RTX 2050 or new MX parts to reach laptops shipping before Spring 2022. That’s a generally long lead time, and suggests NVIDIA now announces GPUs to wipe the CES slate clean. in January. Whatever the reasoning, you’ll have to be patient if you want a laptop with modern NVIDIA graphics but find systems with RTX 3050s beyond your reach.
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