The GeForce RTX 3050 is just around the corner. It will be the cheapest Nvidia card with RTX support. A lot has changed since the first articles – the card is not based on a small GPU GA107 and will not have a TDP of 90 watts. The TDP will be around 130 watts, but the performance will also increase (compared to the originally advertised configuration), which can be expected to be about 20% above the Radeon RX 6500 XT. However, the price will also be higher – the official amount is said to be around $249 ($199 for Radeon) and card manufacturers have reported that final retail prices will not fall much below $400. After extreme growth over the past year, 8GB of GDDR6 memory costs $96, making the card attractive for cryptocurrencies.
Nvidia decided to draw attention to itself ahead of the release – which it did. The question is whether, in the way it intended:
It was tested with ray tracing turned on combined with DLSS with an output resolution of 1920×1080, meaning the image was rendered at 1440×810 and then DLSS upscaled to 1920×1080. The models it is compared to don’t know how, so their performance is “0”.
Some editors took an interest in the presentation, and Tom’s Hardware’s Jar’s Walton, for example, ignored the fact that the end of the NDA has not yet been verified and revealed how the GeForce RTX 3050 stacks up against ten other cards:
GeForce RTX 3050 is expected to be released on February 27th.