Nvidia’s youngest entry-level graphics card, the Geforce RTX 3050, has been on the market for almost two weeks, but the price and availability situation isn’t really picking up steam.
When it was released on January 27th, the Geforce RTX 3050 was only available well above the recommended retail price of 320 dollars due to poor availability, and while the slightly longer available Geforce RTX 3080 12GB from the upper class is slowly leveling off. The entry-level model is still only available for a short time at somewhat more humane prices.
The Geforce RTX 3050 was recently occasionally listed for less than 500 dollars, but only very temporarily, while there are only comparatively few listings at retailers due to the poor availability find. Currently, the prices only start again from 440 dollars for the Palit Geforce RTX 3050 StormX, currently, as the cheapest model with one listing, followed by the Asus Phoenix Geforce RTX 3050 with a listing for 430 dollars.
Alternative or be fast
In view of the high street prices for the release, it was already apparent that in addition to the next better Nvidia cards, some of which were not very much higher prices, a look at the competition couldn’t hurt and, for example, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 with slightly better performance also at prices is available from 450 dollars – and this with significantly better availability. The RX 6500 XT, which is poorly equipped in terms of equipment, is meanwhile much cheaper .
Otherwise, with regard to the Geforce RTX 3050, a direct look at the online shops or pre-orders can always prove to be more promising with the intention to buy: Here you will find the typical offers for over 500 dollars, some of which are also close to the higher one RRP of higher-quality custom models are, after all, isolated listings for 300 dollars RRP of the simple standard models instead of demand-related moon prices.
In other news, allegedly, Nvidia’s forthcoming Lovelace architecture will not bring any major changes compared to the current Ampere architecture. Due to optimizations and the significantly improved production, there should still be a performance leap with the Geforce RTX 4000 graphics cards.
This fall, Nvidia’s first RTX 3000 and AMD’s first RX 6000 graphics cards will be two years old, so it’s high time for the next generation. This is also already planned. AMD is working on new graphics cards based on the RDNA3 architecture, and Nvidia wants to use the new Lovelace architecture for the Geforce RTX 4000 graphics cards.