RTX 3050: What to expect

Samuel Behar, Staff Writer

With the global pandemic halting the mass production of graphics cards, Nvidia’s RTX 3050 is a great option. The supply of the RTX 3050 is rumored to be greater than both the RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti combined. Even though this graphics card is not the most powerful, it is one to watch out for.

One of the biggest selling points of the RTX 3050 is the price. At only 250$ the card has a great edge over its inflated competitors. Even with people overbuying, there will be more cards available, providing a good chance you will be able to pick one up at a reasonable price. 

However, The RTX 3050 ranks relatively low in performance compared to some of Nvidia’s other products but will still be capable of ray tracing at a decent amount of frames per second. Nvidia announced that the new card would be able to run Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and DOOM Eternal at 100 and 120 frames, respectively. 

Nvidia also claims it will be able to run Minecraft with ray tracing with around 60 frames per second. Unfortunately, the RTX 3050 seems to be slower than the previously released GTX 1660ti by about 50-70% and even rendered weaker performance in ray tracing despite the GTX card not being intended for ray tracing at all. 

This card is launched on January 27 and sold out on release. However, it is now available for four to five hundred dollars, which is relatively cheap for a high-end gaming graphics card. In conclusion, with the shortage of graphics cards, the RTX 3050 may be a good option if you need an upgrade and are not willing to wait for graphics cards to come back into stock.