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Budget Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti with 4GB GDDR6 surfaces in Asus listing

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Asus may have let slip that the RTX 3050 Ti is on the way. An entry was spotted on the Asus TUF Dash F15 laptop spec page (nice find, Videocardz), under the Graphics section, and that would suggest that the unannounced mobile GPU is arriving soon. 

Rumours are that the RTX 3050 Ti has a 128-bit bus and a 60W TGP. 

There's very little in the way of additional information, other than it ships with just 4GB of GDDR6, which isn't a lot even for a low-end offering. Laptop manufacturers do like options though, and budget options at that. 

There is one takeaway from the name though, and that is it's an RTX GPU, not a GTX. This means you're looking at a budget GPU that offers ray tracing support as standard and hopefully has the necessary Tensor Cores to make DLSS a reality. Nvidia's AI-powered upscaling could be a massive boon for an affordable option like this, capable of keeping framerates high where it'd struggle rendering at 1080p.

It's worth noting that while the other mobile GPUs, the RTX 3060 and 3070, have a bit more detail about their operating boost clock at a given TDP, there's no such information for the RTX 3050 Ti entry. It could be a mistake, or it could be an indication that this low-end GPU doesn't operate in quite the same way.

Will we see a desktop GPU using the 3050 Ti moniker? We didn't get one for the last generation, but if it means that Nvidia gets to use more of the chips that don't quite make the cut higher up the product stack, then we're all for it. Watch this space.

Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He's very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.