Nvidia RTX 20 series GPUs have brought us real-time Ray Tracing even with its mid-range GPU like RTX 2060. However, seems like Nvidia isn’t stopping here as Dell G5 15 gaming laptop has popped up hinting that Nvidia will soon launch RTX 2050.
The confirmation comes from Dell listing down specs for its G5 15 gaming laptop. According to the laptop’s specs, it comes equipped with Nvidia RTX 2050 GPU.
The hint is located in the “Ports & Slots” section of the laptop specs. As you go to the “Ports & Slots” section it reads “The USB C Thunderbolt will be on systems with RTX 2060 and up while the USB-C DisplayPort will be on systems with RTX 2050”.
This raises the question if a desktop version of Nvidia RTX 2050 will launch or not? Given that Nvidia is supporting its GTX brand with the release of GTX 1660 Ti, it’s possible that Nvidia will keep RTX 2050 to laptops.
Also, given that how well the RTX 2060 performs compared to GTX 1070 Ti, it’s possible that Nvidia RTX 2050 will out-perform the GTX 1060 and will be priced higher.
So, like the GTX 1660 Ti we might also see the launch of GTX 1650 to provide mid-range GPU owners something to look forward to. However, take this with a grain of salt until Nvidia officially confirms it.
Furthermore, early 2018 saw a significant boost in cryptocurrency mining. This lead to GPU shortages and prices skyrocketing. To fight GPU shortages, Nvidia introduced GPUs specifically designed for mining.
These Nvidia mining GPUs don’t have any display ports and can only be used for cryptocurrency mining. However, that is all changed as Nvidia P106 Mining GPU can be used to play games.
Interestingly, Nvidia P106 Mining is a GTX 1060 equivalent and it costs way less. This mining GPU even delivers performance equivalent to the GTX 1060. However, getting this mining GPU to work as a gaming GPU requires some effort.
As I mentioned before, Nvidia introduced the RTX brand and introduced real-time Ray Tracing to video games. RTX GPUs are equipped with RT Cores which are responsible for Ray Tracing.
But, turns out you don’t need RT Cores to support real-time Ray Tracing. PC enthusiasts ran Battlefield 5 with Ray Tracing enabled on an Nvidia Titan V and it doesn’t even have RT Cores to support it.
However, it’s not like Nvidia is deceiving us. It was done on a software level using the DirectX 12 and the reason why itwas possible is the sheer power the $3000 GPU features.