MSI GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming XJanuary, 2022
PriceTBA ($249 US MSRP)
MSI GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming X 8 GB Package
The MSI GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming X graphics card comes inside a standard cardboard box. The front of both packages has a large "AMD Radeon" brand logo along with the "MSI" logo on the top left corner and the "Gaming X" series branding on the lower-left corner. A large picture of the graphics card itself is depicted on the front which gives a nice preview of the Gaming X design.
The packaging has put a large emphasis on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture as the first feature enlisted by AIBs. There's also a mention of Ray tracing and DLSS functionality for the card.
The back of the box is very typical, highlighting the main features and specifications of the cards. The three key aspects of MSI's top-tier custom cards are its blazing performance which is achieved by fully custom design, the new Twin-Frozr 8 cooling system, and a new wave-curved 2.0 heatsink which will offer better cooling performance compared to the traditional flat-surfaced fin heatsinks.
There's also a focus towards Geforce.com on each AIB card through which users can download the latest drivers and the Radeon Software applications which are a must for gamers to access all feature sets of the new cards.
The sides of the box once again greet us with the large GeForce RTX branding. There's also the mention of 8 GB GDDR6 (RTX 3050) memory available on the card. The higher memory bandwidth delivered through the new GDDR6 interface would help improve performance in gaming titles at higher resolution over GDDR6 and GDDR5X based graphics cards.
Outside of the box, the graphics card and the accessory package are held firmly by foam packaging. The graphics card comes with a few accessories and manuals which might not be of much use for hardcore enthusiasts but can be useful for the mainstream gaming audience.
The card is nicely wrapped within an anti-static cover which is useful to prevent any unwanted static discharges on various surfaces that might harm the graphics card. The card accessories include a Molex power connector which isn't of much use in high-end systems since the PSUs already have the required cables.
Useful manuals and installation guides are packed within an MSI-labeled letter case. There is an MSI Quick Users Guide, an installation guide, a sticker letter, the MSI DIY comic, and a single driver's disk. It's best to ignore the driver disk and install the latest software and graphics drivers directly from the AMD and MSI official web pages as the ones shipped in the disks could be older versions and not deliver optimal performance for your graphics cards.
After the package is taken care of, I can finally start talking about the card itself. The GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming X is a very compact graphics card but doesn't let its size fool you, it packs a lot of punch which we will be getting to in a bit.