reviews the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, an entry-level laptop GPU based on the Turing architecture.
The GeForce RTX 3050 Ti is a mainstream GPU for gaming laptops, sitting below the RTX 3060 in the product mound, and offering us a follow up to last time’s GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 for laptops. With the scale from GTX to an RTX product, this means we are set to gain shaft dogging and DLSS features. The ultimate in particular should bring a nice boost for this popular member.
The GeForce RTX 3050 Ti was blazoned alongside the RTX 3050 for laptops a couple of months agone , but with ongoing force constraints, it’s taken us a bit longer to get samples in hand.
At the moment, pricing seems to be each over the place for laptops. Nvidia firstly listed the RTX 3060 as fated for$,000 laptops, with the RTX 3050 at$ 800 and presumably the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti sitting nearly in between.
This would match the birth prices of GTX 1660 Ti systems from former generations. still these pricing targets are a bit auspicious, most realistic 3050 Ti system configurations are over$,000, though still$ 100- 200 lower than the exact same model with the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti outside. It’s a bit hard to compare generations right now, but that should be a rough companion to where Nvidia are situating this GPU.
The GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU is grounded on new GA107 silicon, which has yet to reach the desktop request. But as usual, when the RTX 3050 Ti launches on desktop, it’ll probably perform else to the laptop part with the same name.
introductory specifications comprise 20 SMs for a aggregate of 2560 CUDA cores, 20 RT cores and 80 Tensor cores. timepiece pets up to 1695 MHz boost at 80W, or as low as 1035 MHz for the 35W configuration, giving us quite a wide power range of 35 to 80W.
There is also just 4 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 128- bit machine, clocked at 12 Gbps. principally the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti is designed to be two thirds of an RTX 3060 in its SM count and VRAM capacity.
Nvidia is also trying to feed to both regular gaming laptops, and ultraportable systems, with the RTX 3050 Ti’s large power range including 35W models that preliminarily would have been ingrained as” Max-Q.”
This makes it crucially important to check the power specifications of any laptop you are buying, as 80W models will not come near to 35W models in performance, and unfortunately Nvidia is using the same name for both. moment’s test system is the XMG Core 17, a neat 17- inch gaming laptop with a focus on functionality and performance.
I have been appreciatively impressed with what XMG has handed in the history in terms of cooling, make quality and overall tackle. The Core 17 is no exception and it’s a simple design erected forvalue.However, still the findings from this review should apply to numerous GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptops, If you are interested in this specific XMG model check it out then.
Internally, there’s Core i7- 11800H processor and 16 GB of binary- channel DDR4- 3200 memory, good tackle choice that will not hamper performance. There is also a 1080p 144Hz IPS display and 1 TB of SSD storehouse. The GeForce RTX 3050 Ti inside runs at 80- 95W with dynamic boost enabled, so we are getting a look at the loftiest power configuration Nvidia allows for this part. Resizable BAR is also supported.
The focus of this review will be on 1080p testing with Optimus enabled, which is the dereliction configuration in utmost laptops that sees the GPU’s affair routed through the iGPU to the display. We have also tested at 1440p using an external display connected directly to the GPU, which gives us the least limited experience at a advanced resolution. On to the maps.
marksWe will protest effects off with a look at Metro Exodus, running Ultra settings at 1080p. Then the RTX 3050 Ti performs roughly on par with the RTX 2060 in average frame rate, putting it slightly ahead of the GTX 1660 Ti, all with analogous power limits.
However the 3050 Ti does have the smallest 1 low figure, despite having a important CPU that shouldn’t pose a CPU tailback for this class of GPU. In comparison to the RTX 3060, the 3050 Ti ends up 17 slower at the same power limit, and 34 slower when comparing the loftiest power limits each GPU has to offer.
It’s a analogous situation at 1440p. While the RTX 3050 Ti is not poorly unplayable, especially if you drop the quality settings from Ultra to High, this GPU still ends up 25 slower than the RTX 3060 when comparing 80W vs 80W configurations.
In Borderlands 3 tested using 1080p Ultra settings, the RTX 3050 Ti is faster than the 90W RTX 2060, a healthy 7 percent briskly in fact, though this reduces to a 7 percent deficiency when comparing to the 115W RTX 2060. With that said, we are looking at 11 percent briskly performance than the GPU it’s replacing, the GTX 1660 Ti, and 14 worse performance than the RTX 3060 at 80W.
At 1440p again you can see the RTX 3050 Ti is a class behind its RTX 3060 compatriots. In this particular game, the advanced power RTX 3060 at 115W is 40 faster than the RTX 3050 Ti, which is a large performance increase though of course the advanced league GPU does have 50 further CUDA cores to go with its advanced power limit.
In Red Dead Redemption 2, the RTX 3050 Ti is again on par with the RTX 2060 90W configuration at 1080p using High settings. This places it slightly briskly than the GTX 1660 Ti, about 6 percent briskly in this title. While this is kindly playable at 1080p, it’s a clear class below the RTX 3060, which offers 31 advanced frame rates indeed with the lower 80- 95W power model.
also at 1440p, the RTX 3050 Ti struggles. It’s actually competitive with the RTX 3060 80W, but well behind the advanced power variant which can offer a 60 FPS experience at this resolution and quality settings.
Rainbow Six Siege running at 1080p Medium settings gives us a good look at how GPU limited you will generally be in competitive shooters. The 3050 Ti is important enough that it’s not too far off laptops that are completely CPU limited with more important tackle, but it’s also just slightly GPU limited, offering 220 FPS versus the 260 FPS we know this CPU can handle. still this is easily excellent performance for a laptop, the 3050 Ti is further than enough for this game.
homicide’s Creed Valhalla using 1080p veritably High settings is a bit of a disaster for the RTX 3050 Ti. These settings present a strong VRAM limitation for a 4 GB card like the 3050 Ti, with indeed the old GTX 1060 6 GB delivering better performance due to its redundant 2 GB of VRAM.
This shows the issue with Nvidia going backwards on VRAM capacity in this price league, the GTX 1660 Ti used to offer 6 GB but the reduction to 4 GB is simply not sufficient for some ultramodern titles like this. And of course the issue is no more at 1440p, with the advanced resolution straining the VRAM capacity further.
Cyberpunk 2077 is generally not playable on the RTX 3050 Ti using Ultra settings at 1080p, this preset is simply too important for a GPU like this, so I’d explosively recommend reducing to Medium settings. VRAM does play a part in the performance deficiency between this GPU and the RTX 2060, still it’s not the same disaster as we just saw in homicide’s Creed. The RTX 3060 is a much better choice for this game and settings combination, offering at least 35 further performance at a analogous power position.
At 1440p in this title, performance falls down indeed harder, now with a 1 low of just 9 FPS. This is again due to having just 4 GB of VRAM, these settings are right on the edge at 1080p and presumably limiting performance to some degree, also you move over to 1440p and it’s just too important. This also causes issues with shaft dogging, as this point increases VRAM allocation, which in the games I tried like Cyberpunk tends to lead to a heavily compromised shaft dogging experience indeed with DLSS enabled( you’re looking at medium or lower settings with minimal position RT).
In Horizon Zero Dawn using maximum settings at 1080p, the RTX 3050 Ti is slightly faster than the RTX 2060 90W, delivering a nice 60 FPS experience on the native laptop display. With that said, performance is 18 behind the loftiest power configuration of the RTX 3060.
At 1440p, the game is still playable using the loftiest settings which is great to see, though you will have to settle for below 60 FPS and insure you are not using Optimus.
Death Stranding at 1080p shows the RTX 3050 Ti to formerly again be veritably analogous in gaming performance to the RTX 2060 90W configuration. This GPU is 15 slower than the RTX 3060 at 80W, and beyond that we start hitting CPU limitations with some GPUs.
At 1440p, while the game is playable using the Very High preset, performance is well down from the RTX 3060 in indeed its base 80W configuration.
The final game we are looking at in detail is Dirt 5. In this title at 1080p using the Ultra Preset, I was suitable to hit identical performance between the RTX 3050 Ti and the RTX 2060 at 90W, not bad. Performance ends up 15 slower than the RTX 3060 80W, and 26 slower than the advanced power configuration.
Meanwhile at 1440p, the 3050 Ti does hold up to some degree, though you should anticipate a 40 FPS experience so you might want to lower quality settings.
Looking at some head to head comparisons in the larger suite of games that we tested overall, the end result is that the RTX 3050 Ti is relatively analogous to the RTX 2060 at a analogous power configuration.
In games that are not VRAM or CPU limited at 1080p, on average the 3050 Ti is within a many percent. still, the reduction in VRAM from 6 GB to 4 GB is a killer in titles like homicide’s Creed Valhalla, Control, and Cyberpunk 2077 with shaft tracing enabled- in those games you will need to turn down quality settings, where performance should be restored to RTX 2060 position, while the RTX 2060 isn’t limited in this way.
The RTX 2060 was also available in a 115W power configuration. Using a limited selection of games, the RTX 3050 Ti looks to be around 10 percent slower outside of situations where the VRAM limit comes into play. This gives a precious look at loftiest power limit vs loftiest power limit, though I should note that the maturity of 2060 gaming laptops I have seen use either an 80W or 90W limit, not 115W.
also when looking at the 3050 Ti vs GTX 1660 Ti, the 1660 Ti preliminarily was in this weird situation where in a lot of games it was not that much slower than the RTX 2060 at the same kind of power limit.
When comparing 80W vs 80W, the 3050 Ti was 7 percent briskly in a limited selection of games at 1080p, with the stylish results in the 10 range. Though again, the VRAM limit is commodity to keep in mind, as the 3050 Ti has just 4 GB vs the 1660 Ti’s 6 GB.
Up against ultramodern GPUs, the 3050 Ti does not fare as well. At 1080p, this mainstream GPU was 21 slower on average than the RTX 3060 configured to a analogous power limit. This should give you an idea of the performance differences between the GPUs in a analogous laptop lattice erected for 80W, which should be useful as numerous laptops come with options for either GPU. This does include some VRAM limited results, without those the periphery reduces to roughly 15 slower.
still, the periphery grows at 1440p, as again VRAM is a more significant factor at this resolution. While the RTX 3060 is able at 1440p, I do not feel the RTX 3050 Ti is as suitable, and generally I’d want to stick to 1080p display options which is what this kind of GPU was designed for.
Comparing loftiest power limit vs loftiest power limit, it’s a bit of a bloodbath for the RTX 3050 Ti, as the RTX 3060 when pushed up to its outside of 115W is a lot briskly. This map at 1080p shows the RTX 3050 TI as being 28 slower on average, however there are some large outliers in there.
At 1440p it gets indeed worse, with the RTX 3060’s loftiest power configuration offering 50 better performance outside of VRAM limited titles, or alternately the RTX 3050 Ti is 32 slower. This is in line with the specification differences.
What We Learned
Starting with the good stuff, the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti offers largely the same performance as the aged RTX 2060 when configured at a analogous power position. This continues Nvidia’s trend of bringing bettered performance on the newer generation, generally original to a league above from the formergen. The current request makes it hard to make comparisons to former times, but RTX 3050 Ti laptops should be cheaper than RTX 2060 laptop launch prices.
The 3050 Ti also offers modest performance advancements over the GTX 1660 Ti in what should be the same price class. At roughly 10 faster, it does not make it a must buy if GTX 1660 Ti models are available at a reduction, still the RTX 3050 Ti does support shaft dogging and DLSS, where the GTX 1660 Ti does not.
Newer laptops should also profit from faster CPUs which have greatly bettered over the last many times. Although this is inapplicable to the RTX 3050 Ti GPU itself, it’s a consideration when fastening on specific laptop models.
On the lower astral side, using just 4 GB of VRAM feels shy for the performance position this GPU provides. Being RTX 2060- like in performance means the 3050 Ti should have no problem with 1080p gaming at Ultra settings, and for the utmost part that is true– unless texture sizes exceed the VRAM buffer, which is reduced from 6 GB to 4 GB of GDDR6 relative to the 2060. In some games that’s inadequate indeed at 1080p, let alone in the future which will nearly clearly see indeed more VRAM operation.
Now, there’s a place in the request for 4 GB VRAM cards, entry- position options like the GTX 1650 is one illustration where it makes sense, as you will frequently be playing on medium setting as the GPU overall is not important enough for Ultra. But the RTX 3050 Ti is important faster than the GTX 1650, opening the door for gaming at advanced quality settings or judgments , where 4 GB can tailback the card before the CUDA cores are impregnated.
The VRAM reduction in this price order also hurts shaft dogging, which tends to allocate further VRAM than traditional rasterization. It’s nice to bring shaft tracing to lower price categories, but there is not important point when you do not give enough VRAM to manage with its increased demands( or indeed plain picture for that matter).
The RTX 3050 Ti also faces strong competition from Nvidia’s own line- up. The RTX 3060 is important briskly, offering
35 further performance at a analogous 80W power position, or 50 further when the RTX 3060 is configured at its maximum 115W limit. That is a much larger periphery than in advanced categories, where commodity like the RTX 3070 is only 20 ahead of the 3060.
With the RTX 3060 generally going $ 100- 200 further in an else original laptop, the RTX 3060 is a much better deal for gamers as you get the VRAM boost and a big performance jump. Look hard enough and you can find decent mainstream ormid-range gaming laptops with this GPU without having to go too high- end.
That is the real stinger for those hoping for commodity great value that is worth buying in moment’s request. For lower gaming centric laptops, the RTX 3050 Ti remains a solid GPU, but it’s not landing that value sweet spot some were hoping for.