Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3050 Eagle 8G - Review

Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3050 Eagle 8G - Review

With the new GeForce RTX 3050 8G model, Nvidia has reversed the rules in the class of initial gaming graphics cards for playing in Full HD resolution. Enhanced about similar previous models, it received 8 GB of memory, RT core, and Tensor processors, in one word the most complete graphics card in this class ...

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 8G

Nvidia recently held a promotion of the latest and most affordable member of the GeForce Ampera graphics card series in the form of the RTX 3050 model. Since most of you are familiar enough with this graphics card, we will give you first-hand impressions and our point of view on events in the class of initial gaming models, with the primary purpose of playing in Full HD resolution.

Considering that due to the current situation and the jump in prices, this is currently the most popular class of gaming graphics cards, as evidenced by the data on "Steam" statistics, whereas many as 30% of users have one of the GeForce cards from GTX 50 or GTX 60 series. The first move in this part of the market and novelty pulled AMD with the Radeon RX 6500 XT model that was greeted with a "knife" by the audience.

Nvidia, on the other hand, applied a different strategy and brought a graphics card that is a real performance improvement in this class. So, the reality of the situation was put aside, the hardware was strengthened, and the card got over the required 8 GB of memory. At the same time, the recommended price has been reduced to a level that is a joy for our ears. Well, now that the latter has nothing to do with reality, it doesn't matter, at least in the first moment we feel better.

Elem, the new GeForce RTX 3050 directly changes all previous gaming graphics cards from the so-called GeForce GTX 50 series: GTX 1050, GTX 1650 offering better performance and new features, but after tests, we were bold enough to claim that this card changes absolutely all previous GTX models. 50 and 60 series that figured as ideal cards to play on 1920x1080 pixel display monitors.

So, if you wanted to configure the initial gaming model of the computer and "knocked" your head over whether to choose a more affordable GTX 1650 with 4 GB of memory or be quiet and get a little more 1660, 1660 Ti, ie the latest 1660 SUPER, it is choice of when a headache. One is not aware of how much to spend and what to buy? Well, there are no more such headaches, they are solved by one, the only model on offer called GeForce RTX 3050 with 8 GB of memory.

Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3050 Eagle 8G - Back

In addition to an easier and safer decision to purchase the right gaming graphics card model, the GeForce RTX 3050 brings gaming support for Ray Tracing lighting effects and DLSS optimization in games to this entry-level gaming model for the first time. So far, GeForce GTX models in this price class did not have Ray Tracing cores or Tensor processors, while in the case of the new Ampera model, they got the latest generation of these cores and thus maximized the visual and complete gaming feel.

Best of all is the fact that it is able to provide an average of 60 fps in RTX mode using DLSS and Nvidia Image Scaling technologies. So, pure optimization is at work, which enables maps with insufficient hardware power, with the help of artificial intelligence and software improvements, to achieve performance and visual quality at the level of some stronger and more expensive models. An offer that is in a budget class cannot be ignored.

Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3050 Eagle 8G - Front

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 - Features

The GeForce RTX 3050 uses a GA106 graphics processor as well as the RTX 3060 but in a version with a smaller number of Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) units, 20 of them with a total of 2560 CUDA, 80 third-generation Tensor cores, and 20 second-generation Ray Tracing accelerators. In other words, the GPU in the RTX 3050 model is in terms of raw hardware power, 40% weaker than the RTX 3060 model in the 12 GB version. We have already talked about Ampere architecture on several occasions, and the most important thing to remember is that it has three basic types of processors: programmable "shader" units known as CUDA cores, Ray Tracing accelerators for RT light effects, and Tensor processors that execute artificial intelligence algorithms.

The reference value of the GPU base frequency is 1552 MHz, while the turbo goes up to 1775 MHz. Of course, the maximum values ​​will depend on the specific model and the decision of the manufacturer in terms of the quality of workmanship and efficiency of the installed cooling solution.

Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3050 Eagle 8G VS GTX 1650

The GeForce RTX 3050 is powered via an additional 8-pin PCIe connector, and during gaming, we recorded a maximum power consumption of 130W, which in the context of the rest of the hardware needs that make up a kind of beginner gaming PC, requires a solid 550W power supply. The upper threshold of the allowed operating temperature is 93 degrees Celsius when the chip starts degrading its characteristics and performance.

Of course, the temperature is significantly lower in practice, and with our Gigabyte RTX 3050 EAGLE model, it ranges around an average of 65 degrees in a well-ventilated case to a maximum of 75 degrees after several hours of intense gaming in a standard midi tower case. This graphics card comes with two Display Port 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 connectors each.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 - performance and impressions


ASRock X570


AMD Ryzen 7 5800X


32GB (2x16GB) GSkill 3600 CL16 2R


Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3050 Eagle 8G

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3000 SATA 6Gbps

AMD Wraith Prism RGB

PSU: Cooler Master V1200 Platinum

GeForce Game Ready Driver 511.65

OS: Windows 11 Home 64-bit


GeForce RTX 3050 - Shadow of the Tomb Rider

GeForce RTX 3050 - Far Cry 5

GeForce RTX 3050 - Division 2

GeForce RTX 3050 - Battlefield V

GeForce RTX 3050 - Apex Legends

GeForce RTX 3050 - Borderlands 3

In terms of gaming performance, the new GeForce RTX 3050 is convincing compared to the GTX 1650, which directly inherits with an advantage of 42-87%, which is more than enough reason to look in the direction of a new model if you currently purchase a graphics card for your PC. The distance about the stronger GTX 1660 is 15-30% in favor of the RTX 3050, which is at the same time equal to the fastest GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and SUPER cards, somewhere even a little faster.

Such is the situation in terms of speed and fps average in games, and another advantage is the presence of the Ray Tracing technique and DLSS assistance Tensor processor. In that respect, even the strongest GTX 60s, which are currently sold at the same price - can't match it because they lack the mentioned hardware.

Ray Tracing Gaming performance:

GeForce RTX 3050 - Ray Tracing

Otherwise, Ray Tracing's performance is quite solid with an average of 60 frames with DLSS 2.3 and adjusting the details to the optimal level, which is somewhat unexpectedly good for this class of cards. Most importantly, it works perfectly with a somewhat surprisingly sharp image. This is especially true for newer titles such as Bright Memory, but also Ray Tracing classics such as Battlefield V, Control, Call Of Duty franchise, Watch Dog Legion, and of course Cyberpunk 2077.

In those classics without RTX mode but with more demanding graphics "engine" like Red Dead Redemption 2 or God of War with DLSS assistance on Ultra settings can reach an average of 50-60 frames per second, which is a great result and feeling in the game. In addition to the graphics processor, the presence of 8 GB of memory certainly has great merit.

And when it comes to confronting AMD competition and the recently promoted RX 6500 XT model, the Radeon passed as "barefoot on thorns", although these two cards are realistically hardware-wise - a different class. However, the recommended price of the manufacturer suggests that they are in practically the same category.

Mostly if we leave the combinatorics aside... GeForce RTX 3050 is 20-40% in classic titles, while in Ray Tracing games Radeon suffered a heavy defeat except for well-optimized games like Far Cry 6. The main reason is in twice as much the amount of available memory, which is crucial in these situations.

Gigabyte RTX-3050 Eagle 8G

In addition to the advantage of the GeForce RTX 3050, because it can take full advantage of optimization and acceleration, in addition to DLSS technology, there is also the latest - Image Scaling function. The hard work of Nvidia engineers on drivers and software has led to the fact that it is now possible to play graphically demanding titles in maximum detail with quite playful gameplay, even on 1080p models budget gaming graphics cards - which would practically suit GTX 50 and 60 models, and if just remember it used to be barely feasible and almost unusable on the RTX 2060.

To refresh your memory, DLSS is a rendering approach that employs an artificial intelligence algorithm that can determine when to drop your resolution and raise your frame rate for smooth animation with little degradation, as well as sharpening the scene you're looking at in recent versions.

With each new version, Nvidia is continuously working on improving DLSS technology due to initial criticism regarding the problem of the pronounced effect of scene blur when this option is activated.

In the current DLSS 2.3 version, it uses motion vectors to improve and sharpen the details of a moving object, so that in addition to performance and visual impression is significantly improved compared to the time when DLSS was just promoted on the first RTX models.

On the other hand, Nvidia Image Scaling is a pure software option that does not require the existence of special hardware such as Tensor cores in the DLSS case. It works in all games and is set in the Control Panel of the Nvidia Game Ready driver. So this is a scene scaling technique were lowering the resolution results in a higher frame rate with the help of an image sharpening algorithm the biggest drawback is a side effect of using the resolution reduction technique. In games, a slider is always available for sharpening the image in real-time, by checking out the GeForce Experience tool, and activating this option is also possible from the Nvidia Control Panel or the aforementioned Experience.

GeForce Experience RTX3050 Gigabyte 8g

GeForce RTX3050 Gigabyte 8g nvidia control panel

GeForce RTX 3050 8G is equally good for CUDA applications. It's great in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, where models with CUDA optimization work proverbially, and it's no less useful in Blender, Keyshot, or Redshift.

Another important advantage is that it has the ability to hardware encode and decode the most popular video formats it can even decode AV1 as well as other big GeForce Ampere brothers. There is, of course, the possibility of scratching the gameplay and desktop, and the Radeon RX 6500 XT is not able to do all that due to the savings made.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 - conclusion

Finally, we conclude that Nvidia has done a great job with the RTX 3050 8G model, provided that this graphics card model fulfills its promises of a recommended price of $ 250. These days, a storm has risen in Germany over where those RTX 3050 graphics cards are that are promised at the mentioned price.

Given that this is a regulated market and that Nvidia could be fined in a constellation for placing such information, forces have been mobilized with manufacturers to meet certain quantities and deliver the promised so-called budget models such as our today's tested Gigabyte RTX 3050 EAGLE, and so is also with MSI Ventus, ASUS and EVGA base models. Those slightly better models that use quality components and cooling solutions come at twice the price.

Nvidia has decided on a different approach in designing the initial gaming graphics card based on Ampera technology. Unlike AMD, Nvidia took a different stance and decided to improve the performance and capabilities of the base 1080p gaming graphics card and, in addition to speed, new features, finally Ray Tracing support and quite usable, which few expected. In a word, Nvidia has succeeded and made a graphics card tailored to gamers who do not have too much money. The recommended price is very attractive, even though even Nvidia is aware that it cannot influence the market situation and the demand of the "crypto-mining" population anyway, it offered the solution we expected and wanted in the least.

If you already need this kind of gaming graphics, do your best, follow the prices, ask if something is coming in pre-sale because it pays off in the case of this GeForce RTX 3050 card!

GeForce RTX 3050 Pros

  • Performance in the class of 1080p gaming graphics cards
  • RTX and DLSS support
  • Nv Image Scaling works great
  • Software support
  • Hardware video encoding and decoding

GeForce RTX 3050 Cons

  • The difference between the recommended and the market price
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