A review of the stripped down GeForce RTX 3050 with 6
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A review of the stripped-down GeForce RTX 3050 with 6 GB of memory has been released – better buy a Radeon RX 6600

The German portal Computer Base, as promised, published a full review of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 video card with 6 GB of memory, comparing it with such available graphics accelerators as the GeForce RTX 3050 with 8 GB of memory, GeForce GTX 1650 Super, Radeon RX 6600 and Intel Arc A380.

  Image source: ComputerBase

Image source: ComputerBase

As expected, the cheaper GeForce RTX 3050 with 6 GB of memory turned out to be 20-25% slower than the GeForce RTX 3050 with 8 GB of memory, as was mentioned at the end of last week, when Computer Base published a game test of the card in Cyberpunk 2077. The older version differs not only in the amount of video memory, but also in the GA106-150 graphics processor, equipped with 2560 CUDA cores, which is 10% more than the 2304 cores of the GA107-325. The chips also have different frequencies. If the younger new product has a GPU operating in the frequency range from 1042 to 1470 MHz, then the GPU frequency range of the older model is from 1552 to 1777 MHz. The memory of both video cards operates at the same speed of 14 Gbit/s per pin, however, in the version of the card with 6 GB of RAM, the memory bus is cut from 128 to 96 bits.

The Computer Base portal published test results of the GeForce RTX 3050 with 6 GB of memory in seven games: Baldur’s Gate 3, Counter-Strike 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Diablo IV, Dota 2, F1 23 and Ratchet & Clank. All ran at 1080p resolution and high graphics settings, without using AMD FSR or NVIDIA DLSS scaling technologies. The exception was Diablo IV, for which medium graphics settings were selected.

Before the gaming tests, the GeForce RTX 3050 6 GB was tested in the synthetic benchmark 3DMark Time Spy, which showed a lag of the new product by 29% from the version of the card with 8 GB of memory. In the same test, the low-end card turned out to be 73% slower than the Radeon RX 6600, 4% slower than the Radeon RX 6500 XT, and 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1650 Super.

The performance difference between the RTX 3050 6 GB and the RTX 3050 8 GB in Counter-Strike 2 was 17% in favor of the model with more video memory. In turn, the GeForce GTX 1650 Super showed the same level of performance as the new product.

In Cyberpunk 2077, the GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB model was 21% faster than the RTX 3050 6 GB. But the latter, in turn, turned out to be 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1650 Super. The latter had a clear lack of video memory when choosing these graphics settings.

The performance difference in Diablo IV was 24% in favor of the RTX 3050 8 GB, and the GeForce GTX 1650 Super model showed almost the same level of performance as the RTX 3050 6 GB.

In Dota 2, the 8 GB version of the RTX 3050 was up to 26% faster than the 6 GB version, which performed on par with the GeForce GTX 1650 Super.

In F1 23, the 26% difference between the RTX 3050 8GB and RTX 3050 6GB remained in favor of the card with more VRAM. At the same time, the new product turned out to be 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1650 Super.

In Baldur’s Gate 3, the RTX 3050 8GB model was up to 28% faster than the new 6GB version. It is noteworthy that in this gaming test, problems arose with the Intel Arc A380 with 6 GB of memory, as well as with video card models with 4 GB of video memory (Radeon RX 6500 XT, GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Super).

In Ratchet & Clank, the 6 GB version of the GeForce RTX 3050 was up to 14% slower than the 8 GB version. At the same time, cards with 4 GB of memory found it much more difficult to cope with the test. The same GeForce GTX 1650 Super lagged behind the RTX 3050 6 GB by 44%, the Intel Arc A380 by 48%, and the Radeon RX 6500 XT by as much as 79% and turned out to be the worst in this comparison.

ComputerBase notes that there is no point in criticizing the GeForce RTX 3050 6 GB. The card provides the performance level of the GeForce GTX 1650 Super and at the same time has lower power consumption, without requiring an additional power connector. Like the older version with 8 GB? the model with the RTX 3050 6 GB is capable of decoding AV1 video at the hardware level, which distinguishes it from the GeForce GTX 1650 Super and Radeon RX 6500 XT. However, the new product cannot encode video in AV1, unlike the Arc A380 6GB.

In conclusion, the source calls the RTX 3050 6 GB, with a price in Germany of 185 euros, the best choice for those who need the most economical video card in all respects. Of course, if the issue of funds is not so acute, and higher power consumption is not scary, then you can add a little and take the RTX 3050 8 GB model for 225 euros, which will be faster and has a larger reserve for the future. However, it is better to choose the Radeon RX 6600 for 210 euros, which certainly provides the best level of gaming performance in this price segment, if you do not take into account ray tracing performance, which is still not important in this segment of video cards.

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