Now it’s time for Nvidia’s graphics card Geforce RTX 3050 to be available to consumers. What, then, is the general perception among reviewers when it comes to Ampere’s entry-level model?
The year begins with the launches of both AMD and Nvidia’s entry-level models for their latest graphics architectures. AMD: s Radeon RX 6500 XT was not met with the worst of very positive reviews. This is because AMD has chosen to equip the graphics card with only four gigabytes of video memory and a PCI Express 4.0 x4 connection. This has resulted in questionable gaming performance that deteriorates further if the graphics card is connected via a PCIe 3.0 connection.
So what do independent reviewers say about Nvidia’s latest creation? The Geforce RTX 3050 has not received as much bad reviews as AMD’s entry-level model. In comparison, Nvidia’s graphics card with eight gigabytes of video memory comes over a 128-bit wide memory bus. Both of these specifications are twice as high as AMD’s. It also comes with a PCI Express 4.0 x8 connection. Something that does not seem to make up for an equally large bottleneck.
Unsurprisingly, the generally higher score for the RTX 3060 is for the RX 6500 XT. However, Nvidia receives some criticism for its marketing. RTX 3050 is compared in marketing with the Geforce GTX 1650. Although there are two XX50 cards in question, there are two completely different price ranges for the units. Something that made many people instead compare the graphics card with the more suitable GTX 1660 Ti.
Compared to the more powerful predecessor, the Geforce RTX 3050 holds a lead of anywhere from 10 to about 30 percent. Depending on the type of application. The RTX 3050 looks to perform very well when it comes to playing in 1,080p resolution with enhanced graphics settings. Even in 1,440p, it is possible to reach a fully respectable number of frames per second.
Does it then seem worthwhile to spend money on a Geforce RTX 3050? If there are units that stay reasonably close to the target price of 250 dollars or around the 3,000 kronor mark, it can be a very interesting piece to consider. On the other hand, the graphics card market today is, to say the least, upside down and prices are mostly much higher than expected. Depending on the price tag you can find RTX 3050 models with, it may be worth adding a little more for an RTX 3060 or an RX 6600.