NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 is now available

Published: 27th Jan 2022, 13:53 GMT   Comments

NVIDIA launches GeForce RTX 3050 entry-level graphics card with raytracing and DLSS support

Graphics card maker launches its slowest desktop Ampere graphics card yet. 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 is a 250 USD entry-level model featuring GA106-160 GPU with 2560 CUDA cores. This SKU is equipped with 8GB GDDR6 memory attached to a 128-bit bus, clearly aiming at 1080p gamers.

The RTX 3050 is yet another XX50-class model to launch with hardware acceleration for ray tracing, following the mobile RTX 3050 series (based on GA107 GPU) and later RTX 2050 (Turing). This model also comes with DLSS support, which can make this card a lot more compelling based on how many games already support this technology.

One of the drawbacks of RTX 3050 is the limited PCIe Gen4 interface to eight lanes. It is said that NVIDIA might at some point decide to switch production to GA107 GPU, which would not support 16 lanes due to its hardware limitations.

In terms of pricing, NVIDIA promises that at least some cards today are launching with an MSRP of 249 USD. However, even in NVIDIA supplied MSRP list, it seems that this pricing was rather forced upon board partners, who will be offering much more expensive cards at the same time.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, Source: GamersNexus

The RTX 3050 should now be available from all major retailers. It might be the only chance to purchase this card at MSRP in the coming weeks, so be prepared.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Specifications
VideoCardzGeForce RTX 3060GeForce RTX 3050Radeon RX 6500 XT
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GPUGA106-400GA106-150Navi 24 XT
Cores
 
3584
 
2560
 
1024
RT Cores
 
28
 
20
 
16
Tensors
 
112
 
80
Memory
 
12GB GDDR6
 
8GB GDDR6
 
4GB GDDR6
Memory Clock
 
15 Gbps
 
14 Gbps
 
18 Gbps
Memory Bus
 
192-bit
 
128-bit
 
64-bit
TGP/TBP
 
170W
 
130W
 
107W
Maximum Bandwidth
 
360 GB/s
 
224 GB/s
 
144 GB/s
MSRP
 
329 USD
 
249 USD
 
199 USD
Release DateFebruary 2021January 2022January 2022



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