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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 release date, price, and specs

A couple dozen RTX 3050 graphics cards spaced out and arranged against a black backdrop
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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 desktop graphics card is just around the corner, meaning that 2022 is bringing us our first real "budget" Nvidia Ampere card.

Of course, with the dismal state of the graphics card market ever since the release of the RTX 3080 back in September 2020, whether anyone will be able to find this card either is an open question. Still, hope springs eternal.

If you've been looking to upgrade from an old GTX card, but have been turned off by the exorbitant costs of Nvidia's recent graphics card releases, the Nvidia RTX 3050 might be your best bet to take advantage of real-time ray tracing, DLSS, and more of what Ampere has to offer.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050: cut to the chase

  • What is it: Nvidia's latest budget graphics card 
  • When is it out: January 27, 2022
  • How much will it cost? Starting at $249 (about £185 / AU$350), but aftermarket cards will likely cost upwards of $300 / £230 / AU$420.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 release date

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 will go on sale on January 27, 2022.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 specs

We didn't learn much about the specs of the RTX 3050 from Nvidia's CES 2022 keynote, but we do know that it will come with 8GB GDDR6 memory. Hopefully Nvidia will have more information available before the day is out, however.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 performance

A slide showing the performance of the Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card

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Without testing it ourselves, we can only go off the numbers that Nvidia presented in its keynote, which is pretty much a comparison against older GTX cards, though Nvidia did provide some concrete figures to work with.

The RTX 3050 achieves 18 TFLOPS of ray tracing performance, 73 TFLOPS of tensor performance, and 9 TFLOPS of shader performance, according to Nvidia

It will also support DLSS and real-time ray tracing, though ray tracing performance isn't likely to be spectacular on its own.

A slide showing the performance of the Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card

(Image credit: Nvidia)

The biggest gain you're likely to see is from DLSS, honestly. And for $249, the additional frame rate boost is definitely worth it, especially if you're coming from an older GTX 50-series card.

John Loeffler

John (He / Him / His) is TechRadar's Computing Staff Writer and is also a programmer, gamer, activist, and Brooklyn College alum currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Named by the CTA as a CES 2020 Media Trailblazer for his science and technology reporting, John specializes in all areas of computer science, including industry news, hardware reviews, PC gaming, as well as general science writing and the social impact of the tech industry.

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