NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB: specs and benchmarks

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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
Year of release 2022
Performance 32.24

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB sales 4 January 2022 at a recommended price of $249. This is Ampere architecture desktop card based on 8 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 8 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14 GB/s are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 224.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 4.0 x8 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 242 mm. 1x 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 130 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

32.24%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating108
Place by popularity10
Value for money18.95
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameGA106
Market segmentDesktop
Release date4 January 2022 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$249
Current price$438 (1.8x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores2560of 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed1777 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors12,000 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology8 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)130 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate142.2of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x8
Length242 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount8 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed14 GB/sof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth224.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.6
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB. 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.

RTX 3050 8 GB 32.24
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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%

RTX 3050 8 GB 12612

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB's AMD equivalent is Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which is faster by 7% and higher by 17 positions in our performance rating.

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