NVIDIA yesterday introduced the GeForce RTX 3050 entry-level gaming graphics card. The novelty has not received a performance reference design and its implementation is being handled exclusively by NVIDIA partners. Shortly after the Accelerator was announced, ASUS, Zotac, PNY, EVGA, Сolorful, Gigabyte, MSI and others presented their solutions based on it.
It makes no sense to write in detail about each presented version of the accelerator, since for most of the models no technical characteristics are given. Nevertheless, we will briefly point out in which versions of the GeForce RTX 3050 this or that manufacturer has announced.
ASUS has introduced three versions of the GeForce RTX 3050 in ROG Strix, Dual and Phoenix. The first is a flagship solution and comes with a 2.7-slot, three-fan cooling system that is huge by the standards of the graphics card itself. With the GeForce RTX 3050, which has a declared power consumption of 130 W, such CO is certainly superfluous. But it looks expensive. In this version the card is produced both with reference frequencies and with a slight factory overclocking. The accelerator is equipped with two HDMI 2.1 and three DisplayPort 1.4a.
In the Phoenix version, the GeForce RTX 3050 model received a significantly more compact dual-slot and single-fan cooling system. The length of the graphics card is barely longer than the length of the PCIe x16 slot itself. In other words, it fits easily into most compact PC cases. The accelerator is equipped with an 8-pin power connector. The set of external interfaces repeats that of the Strix model. Is the second HDMI 2.1 port missing?
The ASUS GeForce RTX 3050 Dual model received a two-fan CO, it is produced both with reference characteristics and with a slight factory overclocking. The connector set is similar to the Phoenix version.
PNY presented the GeForce RTX 3050 in the versions Uprising and Revel. In the second case, the accelerator is offered with one or two fans. In the single-fan version, the card length is 170 mm, in the two-fan version – 240 mm. The uprising version is only equipped with a CO2 fan.
In all versions, the PNY card is designed for two expansion slots. The set of external connections for the new products consists of three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1.
Zotac only released the GeForce RTX 3050 in a twin-edge version, but in two versions – with and without factory overclocking. The card received a two-fan CO and has a length of approx. 220 mm. An 8-pin connector is used for the power supply. Its set of external interfaces consists of three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1. In the factory overclocked version of the Zotac GeForce RTX 3050 Twin Edge, the graphics chip works at 1807 MHz. For comparison: The reference frequency for this accelerator model is 1777 MHz.
Colorful has introduced three versions of the GeForce RTX 3050: NB, Ultra W OC and Ultra W Duo. The Ultra W OC variant is the flagship variant. In this version, the card received a massive three-fan cooling system with two 90 mm “turntables” and one 80 mm. In the composition of CO, four thermally conductive pipes are used: two with a diameter of 8 mm and two with a diameter of 6 mm. As with ASUS Strix, such a cooling system looks excessive for a card with a TDP of 130W.
In the Ultra W Duo version, the card is equipped with a two-fan CO. Outwardly, the novelty is similar to the older version of Ultra W OC, except for the lack of a fan. Because of this, the card is shorter – its length is 250 mm. The length of the older version is again 310 mm.
Despite the fact that the Colorful GeForce RTX 3050 NB EX is equipped with a three-fan CO, its length is the same as that of the Ultra W Duo model – 250 mm. All three cards received three DisplayPort connections, an HDMI and an 8-pin connection for additional power supply.
EVGA has announced two versions of the GeForce RTX 3050: XC and XC Black. Both are equipped with a two-fan CO. The differences between the options are the reinforcement plates on the XC model. The manufacturer did not provide any information on the properties of the new products.
Gigabyte will release three versions of the GeForce RTX 3050: Gaming OC, Eagle and Eagle OC. The first is equipped with a three-fan CO. The central fan rotates in the opposite direction to the other two.
The Eagle version received a two-fan cooling system with 90 mm “turntables” and is available with or without factory overclocking. However, the manufacturer does not provide any information on the properties. The length of this version of the GeForce RTX 3050 is 210 mm. In the performance of Eagle (OC), the card received two DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1. The Gaming OC added a second HDMI 2.1.
MSI presented the GeForce RTX 3050 in the versions Gaming, Ventus 2X and Aero ITX. All are produced with reference characteristics as well as with a slight factory overclocking. The flagship version of Gaming (Gaming X) is equipped with an efficient twin fan CO Twin Frozr 8 that uses Torx 4.0 fans. The length of the graphics card is 278 mm.
In the Ventus 2X version, the card also received a two-fan CO. However, it is more compact and uses Torx 3.0 fans. The length of the graphics card is 235 mm.
The manufacturer has provided the Aero-ITX version for compact SFF systems. It is equipped with a cooling fan. The length of the graphics card is only 172 mm. For all GeForce RTX 3050 variants, MSI specifies a power consumption of 130W and is equipped with an 8-pin power connector. In addition, all three should have DisplayPort 1.4 connections and an HDMI connection.
Palit has announced two versions of the GeForce RTX 3050: Dual and StormX. In the first case, two 90 mm fans are used as part of the cooling system.
Palit StormX is equipped with a single fan, 170 mm long and designed for use in very compact PCs.