Nvidia’s RTX 4050 was spotted, or at least the GPU packaging was allegedly seen, at the Galax gala – though, as you can imagine, this is undoubtedly not what it seems, and we should be stunned under the weight of salt to be applied to this particular ” leakage “.
The observation of the Galax RTX 4050 box took place during an event during which the graphics card manufacturer launched its RTX 4090 models – the flagship is the only next-generation Lovelace GPU that is currently on sale – as reported Wccftech (opens in a new tab) (and first marked with Reddit (opens in a new tab)).
And it got some people excited that maybe, just maybe, the RTX 4050 is somehow on the horizon. But we doubt it very, very much.
With leaks like this, of course, there’s always the possibility that the photo is a fake, but in this case it feels like it’s probably real – or at least the image might be, but not the box itself. By this we mean that this is most likely a mock-up made by Galax to fill the exhibition booth at the opening event in the Philippines, or that seems to be the most likely explanation anyway (if the photo is not fake).
Analysis: None of this makes much sense
If you look closely there is a tape on the front of the box that should have the word “RTX 4050” written on it to match other visible logos, so it most likely hasn’t been altered (and just taped – that’s the thing that makes the At least it seems less likely to us that the photo is fake.)
But as mentioned, it certainly doesn’t mean the RTX 4050 is inevitable by any means, and graphics card manufacturers are already making packages for it. More likely it’s a mischievous Galax employee – either it’s a mistake, clean and simple (somehow) – or the company is just filling its booth with other possible Lovelace products (although why the company didn’t use the RTX 4080 box is a fair question to ask at such a case).
Apparently, however, the real RTX 4050 box will definitely not be the same (huge) size as the hefty cardboard required to cover the flagship RTX 4090 GPU. So it’s just as clearly an RTX 4090 box where text has been messed up (in real life or by someone in Photoshop). VideoCardz (opens in a new tab) further reports on this and claim to have obtained confirmation that the box in question was indeed present at the Galax launch event, incidentally.
We haven’t heard the rumors about the RTX 4050 at all in the rumor mill, and if it was about to arrive, we would certainly have gotten some speculation by now. Indeed, we haven’t heard much about the RTX 4060, suggesting any remote wallet-friendly Lovelace GPU is still a long way off, and the RTX 4050 in all likelihood is still a long way off.
Although some witty people have suggested it might be a new incarnation and name for the RTX 4080 12GB, which was recently canceled (or “released”, ahem) by Nvidia after reacting negatively to this particular model. In all seriousness, presumably this 4080 variant is set to become either an RTX 4070, or more likely a 4070 Ti (or Super), though no matter how Nvidia goes with the renaming, it’s likely to become a mess (not for the second time first).