As you probably know, the original Geforce RTX 3050 8GB launched back in January 2022, and was based on an 8nm GA106 GPU, featuring 2,560 CUDA cores, 80 Tensor cores, 20 RT cores, and 8GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 memory on a 128-bit memory interface. The RTX 3050 8GB was later rather silently updated to a GA107 GPU, featuring the same specifications and slightly improved power efficiency.
The new Geforce RTX 3050 6GB is, on the other hand, a completely different graphics card and while it might be also based on the same GA107 GPU, it comes with 2,304 CUDA CUDA cores, 72 Tensor cores, and 18 RT cores. It also features 6GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 memory on a narrower 96-bit memory interface, leaving it with 168GB/s of maximum memory bandwidth. The GPU boosts up to 1,470MHz, which is significantly lower than 1,777MHz on the RTX 3050 8GB version. The TDP is at 70W, which means it does not need additional power connectors.
In terms of performance, the new Geforce RTX 3050 6GB graphics card is around 20 percent slower compared to the RTX 3050 8GB version. According to Nvidia, the RTX 3050 6GB is up to 4x faster compared to the GTX 1650 and GTX 1050 graphics card and supports DLSS Super Resolution, which gives it an edge.
The new Geforce RTX 3050 6GB should be available soon with an MSRP of $179.