Article Some good news on the upcoming RTX 3050

AnitaPeterson

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Two recent articles suggest we may have reasons for optimism re: the upcoming RTX 3050 cards:

1) They will be poor at coin mining: "Taking those figures into account, with NVIDIA’s suggested retail price and the current value of Ethereum, the return of investment for RTX 3050 is already at 500 days and that’s assuming the card costs 250 USD. In any other case, such as the card going retail at 350 USD, the ROI is 700 days. With crypto coins value going down and the supposed Ehtereum transition to proof of stake model now planned for June 2022, it makes no sense to invest in RTX 3050 to mine. Gamers rejoice."

2) The reviews will come out a day before launch - which means Nvidia, unlike AMD, knows they have a winner on their hands (and despite the fact that the 3050's mobile iteration wasn't all that great).

Unfortunately, the big questions remain unaddressed: shelf price and availability.
 
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guidryp

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I don't think review timing means anything at all right now.

Pricing unfortunately is as high as scalpers/unscrupulous retailers can get, so if this performs as expected it will eventually land at over $500 USD.
 

SteveGrabowski

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I don't think review timing means anything at all right now.

Pricing unfortunately is as high as scalpers/unscrupulous retailers can get, so if this performs as expected it will eventually land at over $500 USD.
It means it probably won't be a turd like the 6500XT, and the people who get it launch date when it's actually MSRP will at least get a 1660 Super + DLSS for $20 more two years later, which is a huge win in this cancerous cryptomining boom.
 
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guidryp

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It means it probably won't be a turd like the 6500XT, and the people who get it launch date when it's actually MSRP will at least get a 1660 Super + DLSS for $20 more two years later, which is a huge win in this cancerous cryptomining boom.
Definitely if you score one near MSRP it will be great for the times we live in, but you will have to get lucky to do that.
 

DeathReborn

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In one month we get no reviews (3080 12GB) day of launching a turd reviews (6500XT) and day before reviews (3050). 3050 might be worth grabbing for a HTPC project though, but maybe not at a rumoured 50%+ markup on day 1.
 

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The desktop 3050 is a further cut GA106, while the laptop 3050 is a true GA107 die, yes?

If 3050's are harvested dies and not a truly a smaller die with more dies per wafer, I wonder how availability will hold up given NV can sell the same dies for much more money uncut (suggesting that these are truly defective dies not deliberately cut ones), and I have to imagine SS' 8nm process is reasonably mature at this point (so is this just NV moving a built up inventory of dies that would been thrown away in the beforetimes).
 

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The desktop 3050 is a further cut GA106, while the laptop 3050 is a true GA107 die, yes?

If 3050's are harvested dies and not a truly a smaller die with more dies per wafer, I wonder how availability will hold up given NV can sell the same dies for much more money uncut (suggesting that these are truly defective dies not deliberately cut ones), and I have to imagine SS' 8nm process is reasonably mature at this point (so is this just NV moving a built up inventory of dies that would been thrown away in the beforetimes).
If that is accurate, there will be a lot of gamers eagerly awaiting this launch for so long going -

 
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