NVIDIA is planning to offer a 6GB version of the GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card, which will apparently replace the current 8GB version of the GeForce RTX 3050. The first information about the possible appearance of such an adapter appeared back in October, and now the information is confirmed by other sources.
The 6GB version of the GeForce RTX 3050 will use the GA107-325 GPU with 2048 active compute units. This is 20% less than with the RTX 3050 8GB (2560). A decrease in the GPU operating frequency is possible. In addition, to get the total memory capacity of 6 GB, you will have to reduce the bus bit depth from 128 to 96 bits. Accordingly, this will also affect the overall performance of the video card. At the same time, the GeForce RTX 3050 6GB should be more economical (70-100W vs. 130W), and versions that do not require additional power are likely to appear.
Obviously, NVIDIA wants to offer the most affordable RTX adapter with tracing and DLSS support to compete with AMD/Intel solutions in the sub-$200 segment. Given that the developers have yet to offer the notional RTX 4050, this option seems the most obvious.
GeForce RTX 3050 6 GB will not require much time to prepare, so the first graphics cards of the “new” line should be available in January 2024. As for the GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB, this version will be replaced by a more affordable model and taken off the shelves sooner rather than later. If you need a more powerful graphics card from the NVIDIA range, you will have to look at the GeForce RTX 3060 8/12 GB or GeForce RTX 4060 8 GB. Who said that 8 GB is no longer enough for Full HD?