The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 is finally here and it has its pros and cons, making it worth the consideration. Nvidia’s RTX 3000 Series GPUs were seriously going to be the mark around for future gaming for a reasonable price to performance ratio. And so were AMD Radeon’s RX 6000 GPUs. But both of these brilliant GPU series were plagued by the recent worldwide pandemic situation, low availability of silicone, GPU hoarders, and Crypto miners.
The GPU situation seems to be coming to normal, very slowly and while it happens, Nvidia has launched a new card in their RTX 3000 series for their consumers.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
Nvidia has tried to provide a card in their RTX 3000 lineup that can deal with 1080p, modern, AAA gaming experience delightfully. Their goal is to provide a beefy card for budget builds. The card is likely to be around the price point of only $250 and deliver 1080p high gaming performance with real-time raytracing.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Specifications
You can say that Nvidia took the RTX 3060 and pulled it quite aback, resulting in the birth of the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050. The card features;
- CUDA Cores: 2560
- Tensor Cores: 80 (3rd Gen)
- RT Cores: 20 (2nd Gen)
- Texture Units: 80
- Base Clock: 1552 MHz
- Boost Clock: 1777 MHz
- Memory Clock: 7000 MHz
- Memory Data Rate: 14 Gbps
- Total VRam: 8192 MB
- Memory Type: GDDR6
- Memory Interface: 128-bit
- Total Memory Bandwidth: 224 GB/sec
- Connector Types: 3 x Displayport (DP) & 1 x HDMI
- Recommended PSU: 550 Watts
The specification seems to be quite a mix and match, a sleazy way of Nvidia to deal with the budget gaming section. However, for the price point, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 makes a good case for itself. It surely is better than AMD’s take with its Radeon RX 6500 XT, which only has 4 GB VRam and 64-bit bus bandwidth. The AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT can handle some 1080p gaming on Medium but High seems too far-fetched for a solid experience. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 is, however, a winning contender and delivers what it promises.
RTX 3050 over GTX 1660 Ti?
But is it really worth it if we compare it against Nvidia’s own GTX 1660 Ti? This comparison makes much more sense because the price range for these two cards is similar. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 should be around the price point of $250, while the GTX 1660 Ti is around $279. Both of these cards are made with the objectives of being a budget ranged card that can deliver High 1080p modern gaming. We can compare the numbers that we ran through, to give you an idea.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 performance in Games
Most of the games that were tested on the RTX 3050, were played on 1080p resolution with the Highest graphical preset or similar options available. We haven’t used DLSS or Ray-Tracing on this test.
Avg. FPS in Games
- Borderlands 3- 55 FPS
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider- 90 FPS
- Rainbow Six Siege- 240 FPS
- Watch Dogs Legion – 43 FPS
- Horizon Zero Dawn- 72 FPS
- Wolfenstien: Youngblood- 138 FPS
- Metro Exodus- 25 FPS
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Medium Settings)- 79 FPS
For Ray-Tracing performance, we have selected two titles, Shadow of Tomb Raider and Watch Dogs: Legion. These tests were done on 1080p with the highest graphical presets available and Ray-Tracing turned on to the full limit. The results are:
- Watch Dogs: Legion – 25 FPS
- Shadow of Tomb Raider- 56 FPS
The FPS averaged on these games with Ray-Tracing turned off were 43 and 90, respectively. Thus it makes your question whether the Ray-Tracing is worth the hassle of buying the RTX 3050. You can achieve quite similar results with Ray-tracing off with the GTX 1660 Ti. But if you are a fan of Nvidia’s Ray-Tracing and DLSS then you can go for the RTX 3050. The GTX 1660 Ti can give you close enough average numbers on FPS, with a 5-10 difference, so the answer lines within your preference and availability.
We can summarize the RTX 3050 with this Pros and Cons list,
- Ideal for 1080p High, AAA gaming
- 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
- Only Requires a 550 Watt PSU
- Ray-Tracing performance could be better in certain games
- The Price could be lower
- The design could be more compact
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