Nvidia was present at CES 2022 this year and took advantage of the event to lift the veil on the RTX 3050, a much anticipated graphics card for putting on the table a package much desired by PC gaming fans with constrained budgets.
The RTX 3050 is the brand’s proposal for the entry-level market, but this time with the inclusion of several modern technologies, such as Ray Tracing and DLSS, which are now available for those who are not willing to pay several hundred euros for a more powerful GPU.
Its features, which we’ll discuss below, are enough to make this the queen of budget graphics for those who are still satisfied with their FullHD 1080p screens and don’t want to make the leap to higher resolutions anytime soon.
RTX 3050, The New Cheap Graphics Card from Nvidia
This graphics card succeeds the popular GTX 1650 and GTX 1050 Ti, being equipped with improvements in terms of memories and processing. In concrete terms, the RTX 3050 offers 2560 CUDA cores, 20 RT cores for Ray Tracing and 80 Tensor cores for processing information related to Artificial Intelligence.
In addition to this, the new offer from the green team also has 8 GB of GDDR6 memory operated through a 128-bit interface, something that represents a considerable leap in relation to predecessor cards in this price range. The consumption will be in the order of 130W, thanks to a single 8-pin cable connection.
In terms of more measurable performance, the RTX 3050 has a clock speed of 1550 MHz, capable of doing the typical boost up to 1780 MHz. This means that the computational performance of this unit amounts to 9.1 Teraflops.
The resources included by Nvidia in this new graphics, together with the Ampere architecture, make it possible for the user to enjoy technologies such as Ray Tracing and DLSS at a less aggressive price. The RTX 3050 hits stores from January 27, 2022 and will have a recommended price of $249.
It remains to be seen how the issue of availability will be, since the shortage of semiconductors has severely limited stocks and made the prices of computer components such as GPUs soar.
RTX 3050 Specifications
- GPU: N/A
- CUDA Colors (Core): 2,560
- Tensor Colors (AI): 80
- RT Colors (Ray Tracing): 20
- Frequencies: 1,550 MHz (Base), 1,780 MHz (Boost)
- Computational Power (FP32): 9.1 TFLOPs
- VRAM memory: 8GB GDDR6
- Memory interface: 128-bit
- Memory Speed: N/A
- Bandwidth: N/A
- Consumption: 130 W