Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 release date estimate, specs, and latest news

Nvidia's new entry level Ada architecture graphics card could be its first to drop below $250. Here's what we know so far about this gaming GPU.

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 is expected to be a new entry-level graphics card by Nvidia that will sit below the current lowest-tier RTX 4000 series card, the RTX 4060. Based on the same Ada architecture and built on the same 5nm process as previous RTX 40 cards, it’s expected to launch in late 2023 and take on the likes of the AMD RX 7600.

Information on the upcoming new gaming GPU is thin on the ground so far but there has been a leaked release date of the new card along with some leaked specs. All the details of which you can find below.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 specs

The best estimate for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 specs list is:

Stream processors 2,560
RT cores NA
Base clock 2,505MHz
Boost clock 2,604MHZ
L2 cache NA
L3 cache (2nd-gen Infinity Cache) NA
Memory  6 GB GDDR6
Memory bus 96-bit
Memory clock 2250 MHz (18 GHz effective)
Memory bandwidth 216 GB/s
Interface 16x PCIe 4
TDP 115W

The leaked specs such as the VRAM allocation and memory bus come via prolific leaker MEGAsizeGPU, who Tweeted all the way back in March 2023 that there would be an RTX 4050 arriving in June 2023 (well that came and went) and followed up confirming the VRAM woult be 6GB and the memory bus width would be 96-bit. These figures compare to to 8GB VRAM and 128-bit for the RTX 4060, putting the RTX 4050 comfortably behind that card – a card that has already been proven to be limited by its 8GB VRAM.

Other reports have suggest the RTX 4050 will feature 2,560 stream processors, down from the 3,072 of the RTX 4060. There is already a laptop version of the RTX 4050 which features this many stream processors and matches several other of the leaked specs, so it’s possible the two are essentially the same GPU.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 release date

The expected Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 release date is Q3 or Q4 2023, based on our best estimate, as no official announcement has been made.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 price

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 price we expect to be below $299, as this is the price of the RTX 4060.

If an RTX 4050 card does ever see the light of day, it will make for an interesting option, as again we’ve already seen the RTX 4060 struggle with some modern games so an even less capable card would struggle further. If the pricing is rock bottom it would still make sense as an easy entry-level option but if Nvidia only sets the price around the $249 mark it may struggle to make for a compelling buy. This is particularly true as ray tracing – Nvidia’s long-held trump card over AMD – is ever less of a factor in cheaper cards, because they simply don’t have the grunt to run any games with ray tracing and remain playable. Having only 6GB of VRAM would also limit ray tracing performance.

Nonetheless, Nvidia’s current architecture is otherwise excellent, which is why sevearl of the company’s higher-tier cards make it onto our best graphics card list. But will the RTX 4050 be joiningg them?

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