Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 review: A truly modern GPU for the masses (hopefully)

The GeForce RTX 3050 delivers great 1080p gaming performance and modern features, if it stays in stock at a sane price.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Great 1080p gaming with high visual settings
  • 8GB of GDDR6 RAM
  • Cool and quiet

Cons

  • US$100 more than last generation's xx50-class card
  • No frills on EVGA XC Black model tested
  • Mining-friendly configuration doesn't bode well for price or availability on the streets

Bottom Line

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050 delivers great 1080p gaming performance with modern features, including capable ray tracing chops and DLSS. It has plenty of memory and doesn't make any unusual technical compromises, unlike AMD's rival Radeon RX 6500 XT, but that potentially makes it a target for GPU miners - which could mean bad things for price and availability.

Would you buy this?

Price when reviewed

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