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Nvidia brings RTX series Ray Tracing to budget laptops starting at $799

Nvidia has announced its RTX 3050 and 3050Ti that deliver ray-tracing, AI-based DLSS and several other features from the rest of the RTX lineup to affordable laptops starting at $799. This is a sigh of relief for gamers and creators who have had to settle for older Turing-based GPUs like the GTX 1650 on their laptops. 

These new GPUs are based on Nvidia’s Ampere architecture and provide twice as much performance in a sleek and light design. They also bring the number of RTX laptops on the market to about 140. The new cards also come with dedicated RT and Tensor Cores. 

Dell, HP, Razer MSI, Lenovo and Gigabyte revealed 13 new studio laptops collectively. These laptops take advantage of these new, affordable RTX cards along with 11th Gen Intel processors to make creative workflows faster for professionals who need this kind of power. 


Expect more raw power

The RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti feature 2,048 and 2,560 CUDA cores, respectively. While that’s not at par with more powerful RTX cards such as the 3060 and above, it’s plenty for 1080p gaming on most titles.

Nvidia claims that the 3050Ti can reach as high as 80 FPS and about 95 FPS with DLSS enabled on Call of Duty: Warzone. These numbers, however, are for medium settings on 1080p resolution. Another important thing to note is that Nvidia is only putting out 3050Ti benchmarks at the moment. 

What DLSS does is basically renders the game at a lower resolution, later using AI to upscale it and getting a performance boost in the process. The older 1650 Ti reached about 55 FPS in Warzone. For more comparison, the 1650 Ti barely managed 40 FPS in Outriders, while these new cards can go as high as 70 FPS. 

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AI-based DLSS being hailed as a game-changer in laptops

Aforementioned, the RTX 3050 series laptop GPUs deliver twice as much performance as compared to the previous generation, courtesy of their AI-based DLSS capacities. Over 40 modern titles support DLSS now, including Outriders, Call of Duty: Warzone, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT and Mortal Shell. The Tensor cores that power DLSS are only found in RTX series cards. 

Competitive gamers take advantage of 144+ FPS and system response time of sub 25 ms to gain an edge over the competition in titles such as Valorant, Overwatch and Rainbow Six: Seige, all made possible because of the new Reflex Low Latency mode. 

The benefits aren’t limited to gamers either. Content creators can also take advantage of DLSS on software like D5 Render, SheenCity Mars and NVIDIA Omniverse — a tool that lets artists visualise their designs in real-time. 

Video editors can now work with 8K footage on their laptops without any hiccups. Also, they can use the AI-based features to simply workflows, reducing encoding times by up to 75%. The 16 GB of graphics memory features in these GPUs also helps in running multiple GPU intensive applications simultaneously. 

These laptops also support Nvidia broadcast, their own native broadcasting and streaming software. The software has also been given more features like AI noise removal, which can automatically remove echo and video noise. These new effects can be stacked with previous features already present in Broadcast for more control over streams and broadcasts. 


Availability

These new laptops featuring the RTX 3080, 3070 and 3060 are available starting today. However, machines featuring the RTX 3050 cards will not be available until summer. 

Dell announced nine new models. These include professional-grade Precision 5560, 5760, 7560 and 7760. There’s a new version for the XPS 15 and XPS 17 as well. HP, on the other hand, debuted the ZBook Studio G8. Lenovo introduces the Ideapad 5i Pro as well as the ThinkBook 16p, powered by RTX 3060. Finally, MSI has also unveiled the Creator 16, which comes with the RTX 3050. 

The new XPS 17

MSI, Razer and GigaByte have refreshed their studio laptops from previous generations, including an upgrade to 11th Gen Intel processors. These refreshes include the GigaByte Aero 15 OLED and 17 HDR, MSI Creator 15 and Razer Blade 15, which starts at $1,699. Samsung’s new Galaxy Book Odyssey will also feature these new GPUs and starts at around $1,399. 

The RTX 3050 laptops will also be available from multiple local vendors and OEM outlets including Aftershock, CyberPower PC, Digital Storm, Eluktronics, Falcon NW, Hasee, Maingear, Mechrevo, Mouse, Origin PC, PC Specialist, Scan, Schenker, Terrans Force, Thunderobot and XOTIC PC,

Pricing and configuration will vary based on regions and partners. We’ll update more prices as they become available. 

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