GeForce RTX 3050 Benchmark and Review

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NVIDIA’s latest release, the GeForce RTX 3050, is here and we got to put it through its paces with a series of max-setting benchmark tests!

The RTX 3050 is a modern reimagining of the GTX 1650 with added RTX features, such as the Tensor and RT cores included in NVIDIA's entire 3000 series lineup. This gives the RTX 350 a significant boost over the previous generation, as the inclusion of RT cores allows you to take full advantage of Ray Tracing as well as NVIDIA’s DLSS, NVIDIA Broadcast, and more NVIDIA-supported apps and tools.

We’ve run a few in-game benchmarks just like we have in the past, but we haven’t enabled DLSS or other RTX features. Please consider these benchmarks as a baseline for what you can expect when maxing the settings on a game at the specified resolution. Our goal in offering these articles is to help you make an informed buying decision!

Also, be sure to check out GeForce RTX 3050 breakdown and build guide!

A few notes before we get to the benchmarks:

Now that Windows 11 is being widely adopted, we’re currently using that as our OS for our benchmark.

We’re still running each in-game benchmark at their max graphic settings. However, we are disabling motion blur settings when possible.

The specifications for our system are as follows:

  • ASUS ROG Strix 3050
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
  • 32GB Of DDR4 3200MHz Memory
  • 1TB M.2 SSD

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Benchmarks

We did see some strange stutters when playing Borderlands 3 at 1440p, but this was not a common occurrence. The typically 1% low was more often around 30-33 FPS. However, we want to be transparent about our results, and we did experience the 16 FPS 1% low, as shown above.

Our benchmark results really show off the capabilities of this card. The inclusion of 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM memory is great for pushing settings to the max. While the reference RTX 3050 does have the same 1777 MHz boost clock as the like RTX 3060, it does have fewer CUDA cores. The performance offered by the GeForce RTX 3050 is really impressive, especially with the inclusion of top-tier features like DLSS and the availability to use RTX Voice with NVIDIA Broadcast.

The RTX 3050 offers a superb 1080p gaming experience with the ability to provide impressive performance even at 1440p resolutions in some titles. In addition, you could easily pull back the maxed settings and enable performance DLSS to get even more FPS!

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3050 is an excellent option for those making their first foray into building their first custom PC. If you’re interested in more options or recommendations for your first build, be sure to check out our breakdown and build guide!

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