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Insufficient VRAM - ASUS reveals Nvidia's RTX 3050 Ti Mobile GPU with 4GB of VRAM

Is 4GB of VRAM enough in 2021?

Insufficient VRAM - ASUS reveals Nvidia's RTX 3050 Ti Mobile GPU with 4GB of VRAM

Insufficient VRAM - ASUS reveals Nvidia's RTX 3050 Ti Mobile GPU with 4GB of VRAM

ASUS has just revealed a new Geforce RTX mobile graphics card as part of its 2021 TUF Gaming Dash 15 notebook, offering gamers 4GB of GDDR6 memory. 

This fact was first uncovered by @momomo_us, and we have confirmed this via ASUS' website. ASUS' TUF Dash 15 notebooks feature 4-core Intel 11th Generation Tiger Lake H-series processors and Geforce RTX 30 series graphics cards alongside 15.6-inch screens with 1080p and 1440p resolution options. 

With 4GB of VRAM, Nvidia's RTX 3050 Ti offers the same amount of VRAM as Nvidia's GTX 1650 Ti and GTX 1050 Ti notebook GPUs, offering no more VRAM than their last few generations of laptop GPUs. With 4GB of VRAM, the RTX 3050 Ti does not feature enough VRAM for high graphical settings in all modern games.

While this does not confirm that Nvidia's RTX 3050 Ti's desktop GPU will also feature 4GB of VRAM, it is incredibly disappointing to see Nvidia attach its premium RTX branding to a graphics card with less than 6GB of memory. Even with the launch of the RTX 2060, gamers complained about the graphics card's lack of VRAM capacity. We sincerely hope that Nvidia will release its RTX 3050 Ti desktop counterpart with an 8GB option, as without more VRAM, the graphics card is destined to age poorly. 

Little is known about Nvidia's RTX 3050 Ti graphics card outside its name, though its use of 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM suggests that the GPU uses a 128-bit memory bus. 

RTX Branding

The most interesting aspect of the RTX 3050 Ti is its RTX branding, as Nvidia's RTX brand is tied to the company's RTX feature set. RTX series graphics cards feature RT cores for hardware-accelerated ray tracing and Tensor cores for AI acceleration. This means that the RTX 3050 Ti will support DLSS and hardware-accelerated ray tracing. 

Insufficient VRAM - ASUS reveals Nvidia's RTX 3050 Ti Mobile GPU with 4GB of VRAM  
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