As suspected, NVIDIA users who are interested in getting a copy of the company’s latest budget graphics card will have to pay quite a lot higher than the $249 that green team optimistically listed in its announcement article for the GeForce RTX 3050 from earlier this month.
As indicated by a listing from PC Power Marketplace, a third-party seller on Newegg, custom GeForce RTX 3050 graphics cards such as MSI’s Gaming X model will be selling for hundreds of dollars more than NVIDIA’s idealized MSRP. This particular card is seemingly in stock and available to ship for $699, a price that matches the MSRP of the far more powerful GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition.
“MSI is equipping the brand new RTX 3050 with the iconic TWIN FROZR 8 thermal design on the GAMING series,” a press release for the graphics card reads. “Compared to the previous generation, the dual fan design has been improved with TORX FAN 4.0, which features pairs of fan blades bound together with an outer link to focus airflow into the TWIN FROZR 8 cooling system.”
“The heatsink features advanced aero- and thermodynamic technologies for efficient heat dissipation, lowering temperatures and maintaining high performance. The widely recognized aggressive look emphasizes a dazzling show of Mystic Light RGB infused into the card. Easily control and synchronize LED-lit components with the upgraded MSI Center software.”
Further indication of exorbitant pricing for the GeForce RTX 3050 comes by way of Xanxo Gaming, which shared an advertisement from a Peru retailer for a bundle deal that couples one of Palit’s custom models with DDR4 RAM. Being that the memory has been individually listed for $53, the card itself is valued at $453.
The official street date of the GeForce RTX 3050 is Thursday, January 27.