Something to look forward to: Perhaps Nvidia’s most significant announcement in a press briefing at CES 2022 is the specs and release date for the latest entry-level graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3050 for desktop PCs. The keynote speech made it clear that Nvidia understands the popularity of class 50 GPUs in today’s market.
Nvidia’s section on desktop GPUs at its virtual CES event mentioned the latest Steam hardware roundup in which three of the top five cards are Nvidia 50 class cards (GTX 1650, 1050Ti, and 1050). Company claims 75 percent of gamers are still using GTX GPUs. It promises that the entry-level successor – the GeForce RTX 3050 – will be able to support 60fps in the latest games at 1080p to keep up with the Joneses.
At $ 250, it comes with 8GB of GDDR6 RAM (same as 3070, doubles the price), RT cores for ray tracing, and Tensor cores for DLSS. It will launch for GPU partners on January 27th. Nvidia did not mention the founder’s edition. These specs and price point make it slightly above the budget AMD Radeon 6500XT GPU, which was also unveiled at CES on Tuesday. It compares to the GTX 1650 from Nvidia, which the 3050 claims has done well, but the 6500XT is slightly cheaper at $ 200.
Of course, this all assumes that you can even get these cards for the suggested retail price. One of the likely reasons for the current popularity of budget GPUs is that graphics cards in general have nearly doubled their regular prices in the past few months. However, during this period, prices stabilized, which is good news.