The Nvidia RTX 4050 box has been discovered, but we don't believe the budget GPU will arrive soon

The Nvidia RTX 4050 box has been discovered, but we don't believe the budget GPU will arrive soon ...

At a Galax event, the Nvidias RTX 4050 has been discovered, or at least the GPU''s packaging has been seen, although this is certainly not what it appears, and we should be staggering under the weight of the salt that must be applied to this particular leak.

At an event at which the graphics card company was launching its RTX 4090 models, the flagship being the only next-gen Lovelace GPU on sale right now as reported by Wccftech (opens in new tab) (and the first flagged up on Reddit (opens in new tab) there was a sighting of a Galax RTX 4050 box.

It has forced some people to feel certain that the RTX 4050 may be on the way. But we really, very much doubt it.

There is always the possibility that the photo is faked, but in this case, it appears like it is probably true or at least the image might be, but not the box itself. By the way, this is most likely a mock-up box made by Galax to fill out the display stand at the launch event in the Philippines, or that is the most likely explanation, anyway (if the pic isnt a fake).

Analysis: None of this makes much sense

If you look closely, there''s a tape over the front of the box where it should say RTX 4050 to match the other logos visible, so in all probability, this hasn''t been changed (and just taped over its this element, which makes it appear less likely that the photo is a false, at least to us).

This is certainly not a sign that the RTX 4050 is in any way imminent, and that graphics card manufacturers are already making packaging for it. More likely this is a Galax employee being mischievous or its a flaw, pure and simple (somehow) or the company is simply filling out its stand with other possible Lovelace products (though why the company didnt use an RTX 4080 box is a reasonable question to ask in that case).

It appears that a real RTX 4050 box would certainly not be the same (large) size as the massive carton required to crush the RTX 4090 flagship GPU. So this is just as clearly an RTX 4090 box with text being ignored (in real life, or by someone in Photoshop). VideoCardz (opens in new tab) further information on this and claims that it obtained confirmation that the box in question was actually present at this Galax launch event, by the way.

The RTX 4060 would have been very likely to have nothing on the rumor mill yet, but we have not heard anything from it at all. Indeed, we have heard precious little about the RTX 4060, all of which suggest that any remotely wallet-friendly Lovelace GPU is still a long-term distance away.

Although some witty folks have suggested this might be the new RTX 4080 12GB incarnation and name, which was recently canceled (or unlaunched, ahem) by Nvidia. In whole certainty, the 4080 variant is likely to become either the RTX 4070 or the 4070 Ti (or Super), although whatever way Nvidia goes with the renaming, it may become spooky (not for the first time).