Nvidia has a brand new price range GPU king, introduced at CES 2022: the RTX 3050, which begins at $249 and undercuts the corporate’s earlier entry-level RTX graphics card, the $329 RTX 3060, by a stable $80.

As with the opposite RTX GPUs, the RTX 3050 is constructed on Nvidia’s Ampere structure and guarantees to supply the corporate’s most inexpensive entry to ray-traced gaming at 60fps (albeit at 1080p), together with 8GB of GDDR6 reminiscence. The RTX 3050 additionally presents Nvidia’s third-generation Tensor cores to allow issues like its AI-based DLSS upscaling, regardless of the cheaper price.

Based on Matt Wuebbling, Nvidia’s VP of worldwide GeForce advertising, 75 % of shoppers are nonetheless utilizing the corporate’s previous GTX platform. Including an excellent cheaper entry-level choice just like the RTX 3050 is meant to assist alleviate that by providing an inexpensive path for avid gamers to improve from extra dated playing cards just like the GTX 1650, GTX 1050 Ti, or GTX 1050.

As with the RTX 3060, there’s no Nvidia-built Founder’s Version mannequin right here, so that you’ll have to choose up a card from considered one of Nvidia’s companions as a substitute. And whereas Nvidia guarantees that the RTX 3050 will theoretically begin at $249, you’ll need to discover a companion promoting a card at that value. That’s assuming you may truly discover one in any respect, given the issue in shopping for a GPU lately because of skyrocketing demand and the continued semiconductor scarcity.

The RTX 3050 is ready to go on sale on January twenty seventh, though if it’s something just like the RTX 3060, it’ll most likely be in fairly excessive demand when it does arrive later this month.


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