GTX 1660 Super vs RTX 3050 8 GB

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Games supported 97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1530
  • Max video memory 6 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 14000
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x8
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory 8 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 14 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 415$
Games supported 97%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating9698
Place by popularity412
Value for money40.7222.32
ArchitectureTuring (2018−2021)Ampere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameTuring TU116GA106
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date29 October 2019 (2 years ago)4 January 2022 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$229 $249
Current price$236 (1x MSRP)$415 (1.7x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores14082560
Core clock speed1530 MHzno data
Boost clock speed1785 MHz1777 MHz
Number of transistors6,600 million12,000 million
Manufacturing process technology12 nm8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)125 Watt130 Watt
Texture fill rate157.1142.2

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x8
Length229 mm242 mm
Width2-slot2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 8-pin1x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount6 GB8 GB
Memory bus width192 Bit128 Bit
Memory clock speed14000 MHz14 GB/s
Memory bandwidth336.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s
Shared memory-no data

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
HDMI++
HDCP+no data
G-SYNC support+no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

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API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.56.6
OpenGL4.64.6
OpenCL1.23.0
Vulkan1.2.1311.3
CUDA7.58.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1660 Super 43.35
+1.2%
RTX 3050 8 GB 42.85
  • Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

GTX 1660 Super 12759
+1.2%
RTX 3050 8 GB 12612

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD98no data
1440p61no data
4K36no data

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 77 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 88 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 66 no data
Battlefield 5 97 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 117 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 67 no data
Far Cry 5 105 no data
Far Cry New Dawn 102 no data
Forza Horizon 4 144 no data
Hitman 3 117 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 88 no data
Red Dead Redemption 2 77 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 100 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 83 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 73 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 48 no data
Battlefield 5 83 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 90 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 53 no data
Far Cry 5 98 no data
Far Cry New Dawn 96 no data
Forza Horizon 4 135 no data
Hitman 3 97 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 65 no data
Metro Exodus 53 no data
Red Dead Redemption 2 43 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 85 no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 109 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 71 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 51 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 44 no data
Battlefield 5 77 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 53 no data
Far Cry 5 92 no data
Far Cry New Dawn 87 no data
Forza Horizon 4 107 no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 60 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 31 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 59 no data
Hitman 3 61 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 44 no data
Metro Exodus 32 no data
Red Dead Redemption 2 27 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 53 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 40 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 34 no data
Battlefield 5 60 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 26 no data
Far Cry 5 64 no data
Far Cry New Dawn 65 no data
Forza Horizon 4 84 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 24 no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 32 no data
Hitman 3 32 no data
Horizon Zero Dawn 24 no data
Metro Exodus 21 no data
Red Dead Redemption 2 40−45 no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 26 no data
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 40 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24 no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18 no data
Battlefield 5 36 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 11 no data
Far Cry 5 33 no data
Far Cry New Dawn 35 no data
Forza Horizon 4 54 no data
Watch Dogs: Legion 12 no data

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 43.35 42.85
Novelty 29 October 2019 4 January 2022
Cost $229 $249
Memory bus width 192 128
Memory bandwidth 336 224
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1408 2560
Chip lithography 12 nm 8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 125 Watt 130 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super

and

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 1660 Super by AMD

The nearest GeForce GTX 1660 Super's AMD equivalent is Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which is faster by 5% and higher by 8 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB by AMD

The nearest GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB's AMD equivalent is Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which is faster by 7% and higher by 10 positions in our rating.

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