NVIDIA happily confirms RTX 3050 is faster with raytracing on than GPUs without raytracing support

Published: 20th Jan 2022, 17:48 GMT   Comments

NVIDIA claims GeForce RTX 3050 is infinite times faster than GTX 1650/1050 in the new RTX ON graph, but those do not support raytracing

Yesterday NVIDIA made an update to its upcoming GeForce RTX 3050 website where a new ‘performance’ graph has been revealed. 

It probably wouldn’t have caught our attention if not for the fact that it is probably the most pointless graph ever made on the NVIDIA website. The company compares its RTX 3050 desktop card with GTX 1650 and GTX 1050, both considered successors to the upcoming Ampere model. Both cards shipped without hardware acceleration of raytracing.

In this graph, NVIDIA RTX 3050 desktop GPU is offering 60 (fps?) in Control and Minecraft, both games with RTX ON. Meanwhile, GTX 1650 and GTX 1050 do not support RTX (raytracing and DLSS) which is why they sit at 0. The RTX 3050’s successors are doing a bit better in Borderlands 3, which luckily for all cards included, does not have raytracing.

GeForce RTX 3050 (raytracing & DLSS) performance, Source: NVIDIA

We can only guess what NVIDIA had in mind when making this graph. The company might have wanted to underline the fact that RTX 3050 is a second XX50 class GPU with raytracing acceleration (the first was RTX 2050). And just to add the cherry on the top, this graph titled ‘Performance” does not even mention what is being compared.

The graph has quickly gained popularity and has been turned into a meme by Jarrod Walton from Tom’s Hardware:

Furthermore, with the website’s update arrived the European pricing of RTX 3050. The card will cost 279 EUR in the eurozone, which is around 312 USD and 249 USD after removing ~20% taxes, so just as expected. There are no leaks on retailer pricing yet, but this card will without a doubt cost more, especially in Europe.

NVIDIA RTX 3050 pricing, Source: NVIDIA

NVIDIA RTX 3050 is the new entry-level model based on GA106-150 GPU. With 2560 CUDA cores, 8GB GDDR6 memory onboard, PCIe Gen4 X16 interface, H264 encoding and DLSS support, it will definitely be more successful than just released Radeon RX 6500XT.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Specifications
VideoCardzGeForce RTX 3060GeForce RTX 3050Radeon RX 6500 XT
Picture
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

Source: NVIDIA via @9550pro, El Chapuzas Informatico




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