Nvidia New Mobile GPUs Brings Ray Tracing to Cheap Gaming Laptops

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Budget gaming laptops are finally getting access to ray tracing and DLSS with the introduction of Nvidia’s new RTX 3050 Ti and 3050 mobile GPUs.

The new GPUs finally correct the omission of RT and Tensor cores from Nvidia’s budget tier, which comprised the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti chips last year. According to Nvidia, users can expect a two times performance boost over the previous generation and steady 60 fps gaming from machines starting at $799.
GPU
RTX 3080
RTX 3070
RTX 3060
RTX 3050 Ti
RTX 3050
CUDA Cores
6,144
5120
3840
2560
2048
Tensor Cores
192
160
120
80
64
RT Cores
48
40
30
20
16
Base Clock (MHz)
1245
1290
1283
1035
1057
Boost Clock (MHz)
1710
1620
1703
1695
1740
GPU Power (W)
80-150+
80-125
60-115
35-80
35-80
VRAM
16GB DRR5
8GB DDR5
8GB DDR5
6GB DDR5
4GB DDR5
4GB DDR5
Memory Bandwidth
256-bit
256-bit
192-bit
128-bit
128-bit

Spec-wise, the RTX 3050 Ti features 2560 CUDA cores, 1,035MHz to 1,695MHz clock speeds, 20 RT and 80 Tensor cores, while the RTX 3050 is equipped with 2048 CUDA cores, 1,057MHz to 1,740MHz clockspeeds, 16 RT and 65 Tensor cores. Both new mobile GPUs feature 4GB of video memory.

All those RT cores allow Nvidia’s new low-end GPU to support ray tracing natively. Even more importantly, thanks to the Tensor cores, these GPUs can finally run DLSS, which has proven to be a great way to hit higher framerates without sacrificing on visual fidelity.

Entering the 11th Dimension

As if new mobile GPUs weren’t good enough news for gaming laptops today, Intel also has announced its first 10nm CPUs designed for gaming laptops.

Intel’s 11th Generation Core H-series processors have been built with the company’s new 10nm SuperFin process. The newest flagship Intel Core i9-11980HK is the new showcase chip with 8 cores and 16 threads, plus a maximum dual-core turbo speed of 5.0GHz.

These new 11th Gen H-series processor also bring over a boat load of new platform improvements. For the first time, Intel’s mobile platform supports 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes that offers three times the IO bandwidth. According to Intel, its new processor can access the GDDR6 memory on discrete graphics chips to enable better gaming performance and higher FPS.

Additionally, new Intel 11th Gen H-series powered gaming laptops will have DDR4-3,200MHz memory support, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6E.

New gaming laptops with 11th Gen H-series processor and Nvidia RTX 3050 (Ti) graphics are available now and even more models will come soon.

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Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam

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