NVIDIA’s Mini RTX A2000 Can Game Nearly as Well as a GeForce RTX 3050

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RandomGaminginHD has shared some gameplay benchmarks of NVIDIA’s RTX A2000 that suggest the cute and miniature graphics card, which was designed primarily for professional usage, is capable of running games nearly as well as the GeForce RTX 3050. It’s an interesting comparison, being that the RTX A2000 not only features slower clock speeds but is a low-powered GPU (70-watt TDP) that can draw power exclusively from a PCIe slot. The only problem is that it carries an MSRP of $1,070, which greatly exceeds the price of even the most outrageous GeForce RTX 3050 listings.

Nvidia’s Mini RTX A2000 – Can It Game? (RandomGaminginHD)

  • The A2000 is a professional graphics card that supports DLSS and Ray Tracing. It’s pretty hard to find and costs a lot more than it should right now, so just how capable is this small form factor workstation card when it comes to gaming?

Nvidia’s tiny, bus powered RTX A2000 pro graphics card delivers RTX 3050 level gaming performance (PC Gamer)

  • The RTX A2000 is built with the GA106 GPU, the same as that which powers the desktop RTX 3050 and RTX 3060. Its shader count is 3328, which is much higher than the 2560 of the RTX 3050. To achieve its low power rating, the A200 is clocked much lower, with a 562/1200MHz base/boost clock compared to the 1552/1777MHz clocks of the 3050. However, the desktop 3050 has a base 130W TDP, a full 60W more than the A200.
  • RandomGamingHD shows the A2000 is able to comfortably play games at 1080p and even 1440p if you dial back the settings. Sure, its not an RTX 3090 or RX 6900 XT slayer, but at 70W, it offers excellent power efficiency, and that’s the major takeaway from this experiment.
  • Sadly, as the A2000 is a workstation card, it’s very expensive. At $1,070 it’s far too expensive to compete with the RTX 3050 and RTX 3060, but it serves as a good example of what’s possible when power efficiency is the design goal, and not brute force.
Tsing Mui
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