NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 6GB’s performance is 20% lower than the 8GB version

NVIDIA recently unveiled the RTX 3050 6GB graphics card. The number of CUDA cores has been reduced from 2,560 to 2,304, the memory capacity from 8GB to 6GB, and the memory interface width from 128-bit to 96-bit, consequently lowering the bandwidth from 224GB/s to 168GB/s. The GPU’s base and boost clock speeds have decreased from 1,552/1,777MHz to 1,042/1,470MHz, and the Total Graphics Power (TGP) has been reduced from 130W to 70W.

Judging by the scaled-down specifications, the performance of the RTX 3050 6GB is expected to be significantly lower than that of the 8GB version. Computerbase conducted tests on this card using MSI’s RTX 3050 6GB VENTUS 2X model.

Benchmark tests from 3DMark indicate that the RTX 3050 6GB’s performance is over 20% lower than the 8GB version, with the average frame rate in “Cyberpunk 2077” dropping from 45.5fps to 36fps, and the 1% low frame rate decreasing from 40.2fps to 31.6fps. Considering the reduction in TGP from 130W to 70W and the actual frequency drop from 1,912MHz to 1,620MHz, this decrease in performance is deemed acceptable, with an even notable improvement in the power efficiency ratio.

Of course, there’s considerable interest in how the RTX 3050 6GB compares to the GTX 1650, as the latter is currently NVIDIA’s flagship entry-level graphics card, and the RTX 3050 6GB is intended to supersede it. Computerbase is also conducting further tests to explore this comparison.