Leadtek has released a very unusual version of the GeForce RTX 3050. It is equipped with a tangential fan cooling system. Such solutions often attract not only owners of server systems or compact PCs, but also enthusiasts, since the cooler is subsequently dismantled and liquid cooling is installed in its place. However, the presence of such a cooler in the junior model of the Ampere series looks at least strange.
The specifications of the Leadtek GeForce RTX 3050 Classic are the same as announced by NVIDIA for the RTX 3050. It is based on the GA106-150 GPU with 2560 CUDA cores operating in the frequency range from 1.5 to 1.78 GHz and received 8 GB of GDDR6 memory with support for 128-bit bus width. The accelerator also received an 8-pin auxiliary power connector, which should be more than enough since the maximum power consumption of the GeForce RTX 3050 is only 130 watts.
NVIDIA itself has not released the reference version of the GeForce RTX 3050. The accelerator is distributed exclusively by its partners. Therefore, there are many different options on the market that simply borrow cooling systems from the same GeForce RTX 3060 or GeFoce GTX 1660 Super. Leadtek did the same with its Classic version, which copies the cooling system of the GeForce RTX 3060 Classic, GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Classic or GeForce RTX 3070 AI Blower. The thickness of each of them is 35 mm and the height is 111 mm. Each occupies two expansion slots in the PC. The length of the new GeForce RTX 3050 Classic is 253 mm.
There are several reasons to choose a graphics card equipped with such a cooling system. Perhaps the most obvious of these is space savings. Especially if it is a very compact desktop computer. The “turbine” in this case expels hot air from the video card directly outside the case, and does not overdo it inside.
According to Tom’s Hardware, the latest tangential fans aren’t as noisy as they were when such cooling systems first appeared and were used to cool graphics cards. In addition, such a CO should not have any problems with the cooling of the relatively cold GeForce RTX 3050. Most manufacturers equip this model with a dual-fan cooling system. There are also single-fan solutions, for example from MSI and ASUS. However, there are those who obviously overdo it for greater commodity marginality, as is the case with three-compartment monsters Gigabyte Aorus Elite or ASUS ROG Strix.