NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 gets first 3DMark scores, GTX 1660Ti performance with DLSS/raytracing?

Published: Jan 22nd 2022, 09:16 GMT   Comments

NVIDIA RTX 3050 is up to 20% faster than Radeon RX 6500XT in 3DMark TimeSpy

We have some first benchmark results of the upcoming RTX 3050 desktop entry-level GPU. 

In 3DMark Time Spy, NVIDIA’s latest card can offer up to 24% more performance than AMD’s Radeon RX 6500 XT. Interestingly, the AMD card is just a few percent slower than RTX 3050 in FireStrike, which favors powerful rasterization engines, such as AMD’s RDNA2 GPUs.

NVIDIA RTX 3050 in 3DMark TimeSpy, Source: VideoCardz

A bit more interesting comparison is with RTX 3060, the upcoming card’s closest sibling. Both cards are based on the same GA106 GPU, but the higher-end model has 40% more cores (2560 vs 3584) and 60% higher memory bandwidth (360 vs 224 GB/s). The RTX 3060 is up to 46% faster than RTX 3050 in Time Spy Extreme (rendered at 4K resolution). Meanwhile, in the Fire Strike Performance profile (rendered at 1080p), the difference is ‘just’ 30%.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 3DMark Performance
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TimeSpy Extreme
Fire Strike
Time Spy Extreme (%)
GeForce RTX 3060
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050
Radeon RX 6500 XT

Of course, 3DMark scores are no longer as important for gamers as they used to, especially when new technologies are in places, such as raytracing or DLSS. However, they still serve well for SKU comparisons, especially under the same architecture.

One should notice that RTX 3050 performance should be on pair with NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti, the most powerful non-RTX Turing from the previous generation.  This card lacks ray tracing and DLSS support, and yet it retails at a minimum of 480 EUR. Hopefully, this is not an indicator of RTX 3050 ‘actual’ retail price.

NVIDIA RTX 3050 in 3DMark FireStrike, Source: VideoCardz

The card launches on January 27th, but the first independent reviews drop a day sooner. The card will retail at 250 USD/279 EUR and it should become available on the same day it launches. It has already been confirmed that the RTX 3050 is not good at Ethereum mining, so maybe, just maybe this time around it will be easier to buy NVIDIA’s newest card.

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