Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 2050 laptop GPUs don’t sound “new” at all, as the company already released the RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti GPUs for laptops earlier this year (via VideoCardz). But it’s clear that Nvidia isn’t ready to retire its 20-series GPUs just yet — Nvidia says the RTX 2050 will be available in laptops from Spring 2022.
The RTX 2050 is not just another piece of old hardware that has risen from the dead. Unlike other 20-series chips, the RTX 2050 is based on Ampere GA107 architecture, not Turing. Ampere is the same architecture as the RTX 3050 (and all other 30-series cards) and packing it into a 20-series card can potentially provide the same ray-tracing improvements at a lower price. The RTX 2050 ships with the same 2,048 CUDA cores and 4 GB GDDR6 memory as the RTX 3050. However, it offers a 64-bit memory bus compared to the 128-bit of the RTX 3050, which could potentially lead to a slightly lower performance.
While it’s possible Nvidia will release a GPU that isn’t the latest and greatest 30-series due to the ongoing chip shortage, the move could also be a way to provide a middle ground between the RTX 3050 and the RTX 1650. Nvidia wants perhaps a mid-range GPU that offers a performance boost over the RTX 1650 but is still more affordable compared to devices with the RTX 3050.
In addition to the RTX 2050, Nvidia has also announced the entry-level MX550 and MX570 laptop chips, but the company hasn’t provided much detail about their specs. Nvidia vaguely mentions “more CUDA cores” and “higher memory speeds” with no solid numbers to back it up. All of this comes about two weeks after Nvidia released a new version of the RTX 2060 – which was originally launched in 2019 – which offers an upgrade of 12GB of video RAM compared to the 6GB of VRAM the standard model ships with.