Palit is preparing to launch three new RTX 3050 6GB graphics cards

Recent reports indicate that the current GeForce RTX 3050 with 8GB VRAM is entering the final phase of its sales cycle, soon to be succeeded by Nvidia’s release of a 6GB VRAM variant.

According to Videocardz, the globally recognized brand Palit is poised to launch three new RTX 3050 6GB graphics cards, including the StormX and KalmX series. The specific models are as follows:

  • GeForce RTX 3050 StormX OC 6GB
  • GeForce RTX 3050 StormX 6GB
  • GeForce RTX 3050 KalmX 6GB

Among these, the GeForce RTX 3050 StormX OC 6GB is already listed on the Russian shopping platform Citilink, with detailed specifications provided, though their accuracy remains to be confirmed. While the memory capacity and memory bus width have been updated to 6GB and 96bit, respectively, the stated memory bandwidth of 224 GB/s seems illogical; it should logically be 168GB/s. Furthermore, specifications such as the core frequency and TDP power consumption differ from previous rumors, leaving the authenticity of this information in question.

As previously reported, the new 6GB version is expected to be a reduced version of the existing GA107, with the core frequency dropping from 1777 MHz to 1470 MHz, the GDDR6 memory bus width decreasing from 128 bits to 96 bits, and the TGP further reduced from 115W to 70W, eliminating the need for external power. However, it remains unclear whether there will be changes to the number of CUDA cores.

Notably, the GeForce RTX 3050 KalmX 6GB features a fanless, passive cooling design. The last Nvidia KalmX series card from Palit was the GTX 1650 KalmX 4GB, released about four years ago. Considering the new RTX 3050’s potential 70W TDP, compared to the GTX 1650’s 75W, the GeForce RTX 3050 KalmX 6GB should not encounter significant cooling issues in regular use, offering a more powerful choice for enthusiasts of fanless designs.

Additionally, there is speculation that with the downgrade to the RTX 3050 6GB, a significant performance gap emerges between it and the RTX 4060 8GB. This gap might be bridged by a new RTX 40 series card, such as the RTX 4050, to cater to consumers in different price segments. The existing RTX 3060 series is expected to continue sales for at least two more quarters, until the second quarter of 2024.