The Nvidia RTX 3050 desktop graphics card was announced back then with a budget-friendly price tag Nvidia’s keynote at CES 2022. However, presale listings for the card show that some sites have already increased the price to more than double the MSRP.
This is so despite previous predictions RTX 3050 stock would be more plentiful, something we hoped would reduce demand and help keep prices down. the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 will go on sale on January 27, 2022 with prices starting at $249 (about £185 / AU$350), but VideoCardz reports that the GPU is already listed in Peru at an unnamed retailer for $453 (approx. £334 / AU$630).
And it’s not just Peru where we’re seeing prices skyrocket, as a now-deleted third party on the Newegg Marketplace is already selling RTX 3050 cards for as much as $699 (about £520 / AU$980). offers. However, these cards are not sold directly through Newegg, but are sent from overseas.
That’s discouraging as it gives us a pretty good indication of what to expect when the RTX 3050 officially goes on sale. Even if there’s supposed to be ample stock available, it’s likely that the “budget-friendly” appeal for the entry-level graphics card is lost, at least for now.
It will hardly be one of them best graphics cards on the market, but it was not designed for it. Instead, it’s aimed at folks on a tight budget looking to upgrade from much older hardware, or newcomers to PC gaming looking for an affordable way to enjoy the hobby. So it was expected demand would be high, especially since it supports DLSS and real-time ray tracing, two things the older GTX series offers Nvidia graphics cards can not.
With any luck, launch day prices could still remain low at third party providers if this is just a blip caused by some scalpers trying to push their luck, but only time will tell. We’d recommend not getting your hopes up on this GPU actually selling for close to MSRP, just in case (outside of Nvidia’s own webstore, at least).
Analysis: Yes, we’re in this mess for a while
As disappointing as it is to think that the RTX 3050 won’t be as affordable as it should be, this is hardly surprising when you look at every GPU launch from Nvidia and AMD in recent years.
The graphics card market is a mess thanks to the ongoing chip shortage and a Ethereum crypto mining surge, which created the perfect environment for scalpers and opportunists to buy stocks and massively inflate prices above MSRP. Unfortunately, Improvements are not expected until around 2023.
If you’re currently rocking a fairly tired graphics card in your system, especially around the GTX 1660 Ti mark or lower, the RTX 3050 would be a decent card to replace if you’re using it can Grab one for almost the official suggested retail price. If costs to do However, if you’re skyrocketing with the incidents reported above, you’d be better off looking into a used RTX 3060 or similar if you’re happy to increase your budget.
Other options for people in dire need of a GPU replacement or upgrade would be streaming services like GeForce Now until the market stabilizes. GeForce Now offers a free membership option, as well as monthly subscription tiers if you want longer gaming sessions and shorter wait times to use the service. Best of all, if you manage to snag a GPU at the right price, you can easily cancel your subscription, although you’ll need a decent internet connection to do so.