NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 desktop’s two variants are currently in the works. This mid-range SKU is rumored to launch in two configurations namely GA106-150 with 2560 CUDA cores and 8GB memory and GA106-140 with 2304 CUDA cores and 4GB memory. This proves the previous rumors wrong which put as many as 3072 CUDAs on this SKU.
One may wonder why desktop RTX 3050 even needs GA106 GPU, particularly considering that GA107 has almost the same features(up to 2560 cores, 128-bit memory bus). The reason could be the production yields of the higher-end part, or simply because NVIDIA is planning to release RTX 3050 Ti desktop with more cores and the same GPU in the near future. Things will be in favor of the board partners if NVIDIA chooses to use three different SKUs. This will cut off a considerable amount of production cost.
According to a recent report, it is thought that the announcement date for the SKU is January 4th and January 27th is rumored to be the launch date. RTX 3090 Ti desktop and RTX 3080Ti/3070Ti Laptop GPUs at CES 2022 will be announced alongside this card.
However, we are not sure whether this applies to both the 8GB and 4GB variants. Other details are yet to be revealed by the company.
GA106-150, 2560FP32, 8G
GA106-140, 2304FP32, 4G
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) December 16, 2021