NVIDIA Launches Cheapest RTX Graphics Card at $249: Ray Tracing and DLSS for the Masses*

NVIDIA’s launch of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU brings the flagship 80 Ti class of GPUs to laptops for the first time. Featuring 16GB of the fastest GDDR6 memory ever shipped in a laptop, the RTX 3080 Ti delivers higher performance than the desktop NVIDIA TITAN RTX. GeForce RTX 3080 Ti-class laptops start at $2,499.

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti mobile is up to 70 percent faster than RTX 2070 Super mobile and can deliver 100 frames per second at 1440p resolution. GeForce RTX 3070 Ti-powered laptops start at $1,499. Laptops powered by both of these new GPUs will be available starting on Feb. 1.

NVIDIA also introduced the fourth generation of Max-Q technologies. These features include CPU Optimizer, Rapid Core Scaling, and Battery Boost 2.0, which further enhance efficiency, performance, and battery life.

Cheapest RTX GPU: GeForce RTX 3050

Last but not the least, NVIDIA further introduced its cheapest RTX graphics card in the form of the GeForce RTX 3050. The RTX 3050 is the first 50-class desktop GPU to power the ray-traced games at 60 FPS, courtesy of DLSS. With 75 percent of gamers still playing on GTX GPUs, the 3050, which also includes second-generation RT cores as well as third-generation Tensor cores for DLSS and AI will be an attractive upgrade prospect for a lot of gamers.

As you may have surmised, the graphics card shortages mean that the sticker price is quite useless at this point. The RTX 3050 will most likely retail for around $500, up from its retail value of $249. If semiconductor shortages improve, as indicated by recent rumors, gamers might be in for a treat. The RTX 3050 launches on 5th Jan worldwide.

Areej Syed

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