Preliminary listings of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB graphics cards have started appearing online & as expected, the card is priced way above its MSRP.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB Custom Model Graphics Cards Listed Online For A Whooping $400+ US Price & Still Sold Out
A few days ago, it was rumored that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB graphics card will have a far better supply than the GeForce RTX 3060 & RTX 3060 Ti, combined. However, 3rd party sellers, retailers, and distributors, none of them care about MSRP these days. They know they can charge extra and people will still be willing to pay the higher prices for their products. Such is the dire state of the GPU and the overall tech industry at the moment.
This has once again been seen in the latest listing for the custom NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB model from GALAX. The GALAKURO Gaming 'GG-RTX3050-E8GB/SF' variant, in particular, was spotted listed over at Japan Amazon for a price of 50,138 Japanese Yen which converts to $440 US. While currently, the card is out of stock, a few hours ago, it was up for sale as proven in the screen capture by Momomo_US. However, it looks like the entire stock (unknown amount) was bought up at the mentioned price. It's kind of funny and sad at the same time that this card that was officially going to launch on 27th of January went up for sale two weeks earlier.
And it's not even like this was a high-end variant or a premium design. The GALAKURO Gaming features a standard PCB, non-factory overclock design, and a plastic shroud that features just one fan in the middle. The shroud extends beyond the PCB and there isn't even a backplate while the power is provided through a single 8-pin connector. The card rocks the standard triple DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 interface.
So putting things into perspective, you can expect anywhere from 50% and all the way up to 80% price inflation over the MSRP. This card in particular is 76% more expensive than the MSRP and it looks like most gamers hoping for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB to be available at around $300 US max should just forget about it. NVIDIA has said that shortages are expected to ease by 2H 2022 though this pricing issue doesn't seem like it has much to do with shortages anymore & everyone is just trying to get that extra profit while using 'shortages' as a shield to avoid a major backlash from consumers. It's just like AMD's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, said, 'You can find them, you are just not willing to pay for them'.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB Graphics Card
Just like the GeForce RTX 3060, the GeForce RTX 3050 will also be featuring the GA106 GPU but a cut-down configuration. The card will feature 20 SM units and 2560 CUDA cores with a TGP of 130 Watts. The entry-level graphics card will also rock 8 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14 Gbps and will be running across a 128-bit wide bus interface for a total of 224 GB/s bandwidth. The graphics card has an MSRP of $249 US and will launch in several custom flavors on 27th January.
In terms of performance, the GeForce RTX 3050 8 GB graphics card will offer over 60 FPS at 1080p in several AAA titles and further extend the performance rating through the use of 2nd Gen RT and new Tensor cores, marking a big leap over the GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Graphics Card Specifications
|Graphics Card Name||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 OEM|
|GPU Name||Ampere GA102-350?||Ampere GA102-300||Ampere GA102-225||Ampere GA102-220||Ampere GA102-200||Ampere GA104-400||Ampere GA104-300||Ampere GA104||Ampere GA104-200|
|Ampere GA106-300||Ampere GA106||Ampere GA106-150|
|Process Node||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm|
|Die Size||628.4mm2||628.4mm2||628.4mm2||628.4mm2||628.4mm2||395.2mm2||395.2mm2||395.2mm2||395.2mm2 (GA104)||276mm2||276mm2||276mm2 (GA106)||276mm2 (GA106)|
|Transistors||28 Billion||28 Billion||28 Billion||28 Billion||28 Billion||17.4 Billion||17.4 Billion||17.4 Billion||17.4 Billion (GA104)||13.2 Billion||13.2 Billion||13.2 Billion (GA106)||13.2 Billion (GA106)|
|TMUs / ROPs||336 / 112||328 / 112||320 / 112||280 / 104||272 / 96||184 / 96||184 / 96||152 / 80||152 / 80||112 / 64||112 / 64||80 / 32||TBD|
|Tensor / RT Cores||336 / 84||328 / 82||320 / 80||280 / 70||272 / 68||184 / 46||184 / 46||152 / 38||152 / 38||112 / 28||112 / 28||80 / 20||TBD|
|Base Clock||1560 MHz||1400 MHz||1365 MHz||TBA||1440 MHz||1575 MHz||1500 MHz||1410 MHz||1410 MHz||1320 MHz||1320 MHz||1552 MHz||1510 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1860 MHz||1700 MHz||1665 MHz||TBA||1710 MHz||1770 MHz||1730 MHz||1665 MHz||1665 MHz||1780 MHz||1780 MHz||1777 MHz||1760 MHz|
|FP32 Compute||40 TFLOPs||36 TFLOPs||34 TFLOPs||TBA||30 TFLOPs||22 TFLOPs||20 TFLOPs||16 TFLOPs||16 TFLOPs||13 TFLOPs||13 TFLOPs||9.1 TFLOPs||8.1 TFLOPs|
|RT TFLOPs||74 RFLOPs||69 TFLOPs||67 TFLOPs||TBA||58 TFLOPs||44 TFLOPs||40 TFLOPs||32 TFLOPs||32 TFLOPs||25 TFLOPs||25 TFLOPs||18.2 TFLOPs||16.2 TFLOPs|
|Tensor-TOPs||TBA||285 TOPs||273 TOPs||TBA||238 TOPs||183 TOPs||163 TOPs||192 TOPs||192 TOPs||101 TOPs||101 TOPs||72.8 TOPs||64.8 TOPs|
|Memory Capacity||24 GB GDDR6X||24 GB GDDR6X||12 GB GDDR6X||12 GB GDDR6X||10 GB GDDR6X||8 GB GDDR6X||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6X||8 GB GDDR6||12 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6|
|Memory Speed||21 Gbps||19.5 Gbps||19 Gbps||19 Gbps||19 Gbps||19 Gbps||14 Gbps||19 Gbps||14 Gbps||16 Gbps||15 Gbps||14 Gbps||14 Gbps|
|Bandwidth||1008 GB/s||936 GB/s||912 Gbps||912 Gbps||760 GB/s||608 GB/s||448 GB/s||608 GB/s||448 GB/s||384 GB/s||240 GB/s||224 GB/s||224 GB/s|
|Price (MSRP / FE)||TBD||$1499 US||$1199||$999 US?||$699 US||$599 US||$499 US||$399 US||$399 US||$329 US||TBD||$249 US||TBD|
|Launch (Availability)||29th March 2022?||24th September 2020||3rd June 2021||11th January 2022||17th September 2020||10th June, 2021||29th October 2020||October 2022||2nd December 2020||25th February 2021||October 2022||27th January 2022||2022|