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News hardware & software 24 January 2022, 11:11

author: Nicek

RTX 3050 Not for Miners? Gamers Rubbing Their Hands in Glee

The release of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPUs is approaching. The first benchmarks suggest that this chip may not be a preference for crypto miners.

The benchmarks published by the editors of VideoCardz show that RTX 3050's performance in crypto mining is less than stellar. It is said to be only 12.5 MH/s when digging Ethereum (with a power consumption of 73 watts), which at the currency's current exchange rate is completely unprofitable. Perhaps the manufacturer applied a protection with the LHR algorithm, affecting the drastic reduction of performance when mining cryptocurrencies. When a software used by miners is detected, the card increases power consumption, while reducing performance. This makes its appeal to crypto miners negligible, giving gamers a chance to buy such a card.

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Will the GeForce RTX 3050 be bought out by scalpers?

If the protections applied by Nvidia are not cracked by miners, the RTX 3050 has a chance to become the GPU that many gamers around the world have been waiting for. According to the manufacturer's tests, the latest graphics chip will offer almost twice the performance of the GeForce GTX 1650 and almost four times better than the GeForce GTX 1050. Whether this will actually be the case, we will find out on January 26. This is when the embargo on all publications about the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3050 will be lifted. Will reviewers around the world get similar results in their tests? If the new GPU from Nvidia turns out to be a success, then its purchase after the release may be difficult.

Recall that Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 is a chip based on NVIDIA GA106-150 core, which has 2560 SP units, 80 Tensor units and 20 RT cores. It is supposed to be the manufacturer's answer to the recent release of the competing Radeon RX 6500 XT, which is a budget offering from AMD. The suggested price of the RTX 3050 is 249 US dollars, but we shouldn't delude ourselves that the card will actually be available for such an amount.

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