On the first day of CES 2022, Nvidia announced the RTX 3050 for desktops. Although Nvidia has already released the 3050 for laptop devices, the desktop versions are set to be released on January 27th. The latest budget GPU comes at a price of just $249 making it the cheapest 30 series GPU. The RTX 3050 is only second to the RTX 3060 which comes for $329. This makes the RTX 3050 a whole $80 cheaper than the 3060.
The RTX 3050 is built on Nvidia’s Ampere architecture and is the company’s cheapest entry to ray-traced gaming at 60fps. The 3050 also comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. The use of the third-generation Tensor cores enables features like AI-based Deep Learning Super Sampling upscaling at an extremely affordable price.
During the CES conference, Nvidia shared the benchmarks for the new GPU in comparison to the GTX 1650, GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050. The benchmark tests the GPUs in five games: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, DOOM Eternal, F1 2021 and Control. In the graph benchmark image, it is clear how well the RTX card performs compared to the GTX series cards. The RTX 3050 scores 60fps in Control and hits an astounding 120fps for DOOM Eternal.
Although the GPU is set to release on January 27th, 2022, it will be quite difficult to buy as there is such a high demand for the card.