Today we're checking out Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050, a new budget GPU addition to the RTX 30 series. This release adds a new low-end Ampere offering to the lineup, based on the same silicon used by the RTX 3060.
For Nvidia, the 12GB RTX 3080 allows to significantly boost profit margins on silicon that would have otherwise sold as the original 10 GB model, enabling board partners and distributors to cash in the current market.
How to start this review... this thing is so bad, it's really spoiled the mood for me. In short, this is the worst GPU release since I can remember, and I've been doing this job for over two decades.
An upcoming budget Radeon GPU will be restricted to PCIe 4.0 x4 bandwidth, but what does that mean for gaming performance? Here's a brief investigation on PCIe performance with 4GB and 8GB GPU models.
Today we're taking a look at the new GeForce RTX 2060, you know, the 12GB model that gamers were hoping would help solve the GPU shortage, but certainly won't. But why, and how does it perform?
Our mission to track GPU pricing trends and look at the current market will continue in 2022, but for now let's see what's been happening in the closing weeks of 2021, in what's been a very rough year for PC builders.