RTX 4050 Laptop Guide | WePC

Everything we know about RTX 4050 gaming laptops

Updated: 21 February 2023 at 13.49

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This RTX 4050 laptop guide will fill you in on all the latest information on these new entry-level Nvidia GPUs, including what we know about their performance compared to similar SKU notebook graphics cards, plus release date and pricing information. As the third-party reviews come out, we’ll also list here our top picks for the best RTX 4050 laptops of 2023, so stay tuned.

*RTX 4050 notebook pre-orders are live!* You can now buy some of these new laptops before they launch on February 22nd from the following online stores: Best Buy, Amazon, Neweggand B&H photo video. Read our Where can I buy portable RTX 4050 page for more retailers and links – buy now to ensure stocks don’t run out!

  • Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra – 16″ 3K AMOLED, Intel 13th generation Evo Core i7-13700H, RTX 4050, 16 GB DDR5, 1 TB SSD – was $2,399.99 now $2,199.99
  • MSI Cyborg – 15.6” 144HZ – Intel Core i5, RTX 4050, 512GB SSD, 8GB Memory – $999
  • MSI Thin GF63 – 15.6” 144HZ FHD, Intel Core i7-12650H, RTX 4050, 512GB SSD, 16GB DDR4 – $999.00
  • ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo – 14.5” 16:10 1800p 120Hz touchscreen, Intel i9-13900H CPU, RTX 4050, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD
  • GIGABYTE AERO 14 OLED – 14.0″ 16:10 2.8K QHD+ 1800p 90Hz OLED, RTX 4050 GPU 6GB GDDR6, Intel Core i7-13700H, 16GB DDR5 RAM, 1TB SSD – $91,699.

RTX 4050 Laptop Release Date

Nvidia has confirmed February 22, 2023 as the definitive RTX 4050 notebook release date, that’s for the first models to hit the shelves at least. We can expect to see many more appearing as the year progresses.

RTX 4050 notebook vs RTX 3050 notebook

There hasn’t been much in the way of RTX 4050 laptop performance leaks since WCCFTECH released the Time Spy benchmark graph below in November, which shows the RTX 4050 mobile GPU against the 30-series mobile GPUs in gray and the new 40-series GPUs in green. Also of note is the inclusion of the RTX 3050 6G in green, which is a new rumored variant of the RTX 3050 laptop card with more VRAM, as opposed to the original 4G VRAM version.

In general, the original RTX 3050 laptop GPU was quite disappointing – in most ways it was inferior to the GTX 1660 Ti laptops, which we usually advised buyers to pick up instead. The RTX 4050 portable GPU looks like it could be a more tempting budget proposition, if the performance graph below is to be believed, performing 50% better than the RTX 3050 4G, 29% better than the RTX 3050 Ti, but underperforming the RTX 3060 by 15%.

However, below will not take into account the improvements of DLSS 3.0 in those games that support it, which should give additional gains over the 30 series in terms of FPS.

RTX 4050 Notebook vs RTX 3050 Notebook vs RTX 3050 Ti Notebook vs RTX 4050 Notebook vs RTX 3060 Notebook
Of course, we don’t know which TGP the above RTX 4050 comes with (we have to assume the maximum), and there is a big variation in the different TGPs and therefore the power of the different RTX 4050 mobile GPUs, which you can see below.

It’s good to see that unlike the RTX 4060 notebook and RTX 4070 notebook GPUs, the number of CUDA cores has actually increased for the RTX 4050 over the previous generation, along with increased VRAM. Boost clock speeds are significantly higher as you’d expect, but again, as with these other cards, the memory bus has actually reduced, with performance improvements coming from the improved efficiency of the new architecture.

RTX 4050 mobile RTX 3050 mobile
GPU AD107 GA107
CUDA kernels 2,560 2,048
Increase the clock speed 2.37 GHz 1,500 GHz
Memorial bus 96-bit 128-bit
Memory bandwidth 216 GB/s 192 GB/s
TGP 35-115W 80-95W

RTX 4050 Notebook vs RTX 3050 Desktop (Rumor Specs)

We haven’t seen any comparison graphs yet of the RTX 4050 laptop GPU vs the desktop RTX 3050, but we do know that the latter outperformed the RTX 3050 laptop GPU by around 10-30% depending on the game. If the leaked Time Spy benchmark graph above is to be believed, this could mean that the RTX 4050 laptop GPU could outperform the RTX 3050 desktop by 20-40%, depending on the game.

This would make sense since the RTX 4050 mobile has a higher clock speed and the same number of CUDA cores as an RTX 3050 desktop GPU, although again the memory bus is smaller, as is the VRAM. We will ultimately have to wait and see until proper testing takes place to know.

RTX 4050 mobile RTX 3050 desktop
GPU AD107 GA106
CUDA kernels 2,560 2,560
Clock speed 2.37 GHz 1.777 GHz
Memorial bus 96-bit 128-bit
Memory bandwidth 216 GB/s 224 GB/s
TGP 35-115W 130W

RTX 4050 Notebook vs RTX 4050 Desktop (Rumor Specs)

As always, desktop GPUs are more powerful than their laptop counterparts, with higher TGP and clock speeds. We don’t yet know by what margin the desktop RTX 4050 will outperform the notebook RTX 4050 before it’s released, but as soon as we get the data we’ll update this section accordingly.

RTX 4050 mobile RTX 4050 desktop
GPU AD107 AD106
CUDA kernels 2,560 2,560
Clock speed 2.37 GHz 2.64 GHz
Memorial bus 96-bit 128-bit
Memory bandwidth 216 GB/s 288 GB/s
TGP 35-115W 150W

RTX 4050 Laptop FAQ

How much does a laptop RTX 4050 cost?

So far, we’ve seen RTX 4050 laptops range in price between $999.99 and $2,199.99.

The price depends a lot on the specific model of laptop you buy and the other features it comes with, not to mention that there will be variation between the different RTX 4050 GPUs in terms of TGP/power.

When will the first RTX 4050 laptops come out?

February 22, 2023 is the confirmed release date for RTX 4050 laptops, although you can already pre-order some models online to secure one.

RTX 4050 Laptop Guide: Final Word

With any luck this RTX 4050 laptop guide should have quenched your thirst for knowledge about these new portable GPUs. As the first few independent reviews come in, we’ll update this page with our picks of what we consider to be the best RTX 4050 laptops on the market, depending on budget and usage. While you’re here, be sure to also check out our various portable and portable gaming guides in the main menu, categorized by both price and brand.

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