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Nvidia RTX 3050 review leaked benchmarks, better than RX 6500 XT?

Is Nvidia onto a winner?

Updated: Jan 26, 2022 11:25 am
RTX 3050 leaked review

It’s going to be a pretty spicy day for Nvidia, with a leaked review released online. We’ve got it on good work that the review embargo lifts today at 2 PM GMT / 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET. This means that reviewers will have already had a unit in their hands for a while now, putting the card through its paces. However, some outlets have let their fingers slip, meaning that we’re seeing the real-world performance of the RTX 3050 for the first time thanks to Videocardz. In addition to this, we have further leaks from Guru3D which indicate that the RTX 3050 may defeat the recently released RX 6500 XT which we reviewed here.

RTX 3050 beats RX 6500 XT in synthetic benchmarks

According to the benchmarks listed on Guru3D, the RTX 3050 reached a graphics score of 6,166, which is not a huge number, but nonetheless is a staunch cry from the RX 6500 XT’s score that we managed to achieve, which only hit 4,980. This isn’t a small difference if you’re a budget-conscious gamer, and is a worthy indicator that your money might be better spent elsewhere. The RTX 3050 also comes with additional features simply not present in the RX 6500 XT such as AV1 decoding, NVENC and DLSS.

RTX 3050 leaked review benchmarks

According to the leak, which was on MMORPG, and quickly taken down but captured by Videocardz, we can see the RTX 3050 compared against a curious class of card. They include the RX 6600, RX 6600 XT, RX 5700 XT, RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti respectively.

Make no mistake, the RTX 3050 is the lowest performer of them all. But, despite this, the $249 card manages to reach 54 FPS in Shadow of the Tomb Raider at Ultra in 1440p, which indicates that with some tweaks, you might be able to eke out good 1440p performance out of the card in some titles. The same sentiment is echoed when looking at Horizon Zero Dawn Benchmarks, which show that the 3050 manages to make it to 53 FPS at Ultimate Quality at 1440p, with the 1080p performance reaching 68FPS. This is no slouch, and you could get 60FPS in the latest games by tweaking down a handful of settings if you want to render games at the increasingly popular 1440p benchmark.

It remains to be seen if we can corroborate these leaked review benchmarks, and if the performance indicates that the silicon is around the level of a 1660 Ti with RTX and DLSS bells and whistles. Regardless, it looks better than the other current-generation budget option, the RX 6500 XT.

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