Nvidia has revealed the GeForce RTX 2050, MX570, and MX550 mobile GPUs destined for laptops that are slated to arrive in the spring season of 2022.
Nvidia has just quietly announced a trio of mobile GPUs — GeForce RTX 2050, GeForce MX570 and GeForce MX 550 — destined for laptops set to arrive early next year. Unfortunately, the new additions to Nvidia’s laptop GPU portfolio are a tad confusing since one of them appears to be a relic from the past, while the two MX series options are flagships for the company’s laptop-exclusive MX GPU lineup.
Another interesting aspect is the architecture itself. The RTX 2000 series naming convention suggests that the new mobile GPU follows the older Turing architecture, but it is the newer Ampere architecture from the RTX 3000 series that is at play here. The move is not surprising, actually. The company recently revived the GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with double the amount of graphics memory and a few other minor tweaks to fill the high demand in times of an unprecedented supply shortage.
And perhaps, the new GeForce RTX 2050 GPU personifies that crisis and stop-gap fixing from Nvidia than the other two MX-series solutions. From the looks of it, the GeForce RTX will sit between the GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060 GPUs for entry-level gaming laptops. There’s a paltry 4GB of VRAM, which falls behind the 6GB graphics memory on the RTX 2060 mobile GPU. Surprisingly, the new Nvidia offering packs 2048 CUDA cores, higher than the GeForce RTX 2060 and equal to the core count of RTX 3050 GPU. The memory interface width is an aging 64-bit, and the bandwidth is touted to be 112 GB/s, a stepdown from the mainstream 128-bit bus and 336 GB/s figures for the GeForce RTX 2060.
Rummaging Through Old Stock In The Stock
Slapping the RTX branding before 2050 means it comes with both CUDA cores and ray-tracing cores, but given the low-end hardware, the latter won’t be doing a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to high-resolution gaming. In fact, the RTX 2050 will be best at playing modern games in low to medium settings at best. It is based on the 8nm process, and despite its Ampere foundations, it doesn’t support some of the best Ampere tricks for a next-gen gaming experience. Nvidia has clearly dived into its old stock to make the RTX 2050, but it won’t blaze a performance trail. In fact, given the numbers touted by Nvidia, AMD’s new RDNA2-based for-laptop graphics appear better on paper.
In comparison, the new MX570 and Mx550 graphics for laptops appear to be a proper upgrade over the last-gen MX450. Nvidia hasn’t shared any sub-system details for its new MX500-series products but promises that the MX570 is its fastest GPU in the MX-series so far. The company touts more power-efficient CUDA cores, faster memory speeds, and a better experience with games and productivity scenarios like multimedia editing. The MX550 also makes similar promises and is said to be faster than integrated graphics in laptops. It remains to be seen how Nvidia’s new MX-series offerings stack up against Intel’s own Iris Xe Max graphics when the MX570 and Mx550 GPUs debut in laptops early next year.
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