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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 6GB Tested, 20% Slower Than 8GB Variant

by Low Boon ShenFebruary 5, 2024
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 6GB Tested, 20% Slower Than 8GB Variant

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 6GB Tested, 20% Slower Than 8GB Variant

NVIDIA quietly launched the new GeForce RTX 3050 6GB aimed at the low-end graphics market, which is replacing the outgoing GTX 1650 GPU that is being discontinued. German outlet ComputerBase has acquired one such unit (in the form of MSI Ventus 2X) to give it a test drive, to compare it against the 8GB variant of the “same” card.

Despite sharing similar names, the specs are quite different between the two: first, the CUDA cores have been reduced from 2560 to 2304; TGP has been nearly halved from 130W to just 70W (which no longer requires PCIe 8-pin connectors for power), and a significantly lower clock speeds. Of course, there’s the reduced VRAM, which inherently made the memory bus narrower, and bandwidth slower, as a result.

Based on the preliminary benchmarks, the 6GB card is consistently 20% slower than its 8GB counterpart despite having more reductions in basic spec metrics. This points to the 8GB variant having the clock speed way off the efficiency sweet spot, effectively gaining 20% more performance over the 6GB variant despite almost using double the power.

Given the expected price of $169 (~RM797), this should make the RTX 3050 6GB a pretty solid option for those wanting to game on the cheap but still want something more than onboard graphics can offer. However, these are preliminary results after all – expect more testing to be done to verify the initial findings. The outlet plans to compare it against its predecessor, the GTX 1650, and Team Red’s offering, Radeon RX 6600, shortly.

Source: Videocardz

Pokdepinion: That looks surprisingly okay actually. I thought it’s going to be significantly worse based on the specs. 

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