Intel and Nvidia have announced new mobile processors and graphics cards today. Intel is introducing Tiger Lake H CPUs, which carry Intel’s 10nm process to high-performance 45W processors ideal for gaming or content development, while Nvidia is introducing the RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti, two new mobile graphics cards. Here’s what you need to hear about it.
Let’s start with Nvidia announcements, since they’re a little different in that they’re announcing two new laptop GPUs with no desktop counterparts (yet). The RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti also add the RTX feature set, such as ray tracing and DLSS, to a more mainstream consumer segment. Previously, you’d have to look hard to find an RTX-equipped gaming laptop for less than $1000.
However, now RTX machines will start at about $800 – and discounts near the end of the year, such as Black Friday, will almost certainly carry that price even lower. That’s great news for game developers, because it means they can create cross-platform games that target the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S while relying on gamers having access to RT even on mid-range computers. Rather than being a scaled-down variant of the GA106 processor used in the RTX 3060, the 3050 and 3050 Ti are built on a new GPU from Nvidia, most likely GA107.
It’s built on the same 8nm Samsung process as its siblings, but has 2560 CUDA cores (in the fully-enabled RTX 3050 Ti, 2048 in the 3050), 4GB of GDDR6 memory, and a 128-bit memory bus, identical to the GTX 1650 and 1650 Ti from last generation.