MSI GeForce RTX 3050 GAMING X Video Card Review

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Power and Temperature

To test the power and temperature we perform a manual run-through in Cyberpunk 2077 at “Ultra” settings for real-world in-game data.  We use GPU-Z sensor data to record the results.  We report on the GPU-Z sensor data for “Board Power” and “GPU Chip Power” when available for our Wattage data.  For temperature data, we report the GPU (Edge Temp of the GPU) as well as Hot Spot (Junction Temperature) when available for our temperature data. 

MSI GeForce RTX 3050 GAMING X Video Card Review Power graph

The MSI GeForce RTX 3050 GAMING X consumed 132.9W of Board Power and 103.1W of GPU Chip Power. When we overclocked it the board power climbed 8% to 143W and the GPU Chip power climbed 2% to 105.4W. The memory overclock may be accounting for the increased board power, the memory demands more power than the GPU in this case which was running at the same Voltage. Compared to GPU Chip power the Radeon RX 6600 seems to be about the same, but since it was performing faster in our benchmarks efficiency goes toward the Radeon RX 6600 GPU. Overall these power demands are reasonable, and not extreme.

MSI GeForce RTX 3050 GAMING X Video Card Review Temperature graph

The MSI GeForce RTX 3050 GAMING X runs at a very cool 63c GPU temperature and a more mild Hot Spot temperature as well. The Radeon RX 6600 runs much warmer at 75c GPU and 88c Hot Spot temp. Even the Radeon RX 6500 XT’s Hot Spot temp is higher than the MSI GeForce RTX 3050 GAMING X. When we overclocked the video card and set the fans to 100% the temperatures went way down to 52c GPU and 70c Hot Spot. Keeping the GPU cool was not a problem, and the cooler was not holding back our overclock.

GPU-Z Sensor Data

The first two screenshots of GPU-Z above are at Default, and the second two screenshots of GPU-Z are at Overclocked.

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Brent Justice
Former managing editor of GPUs at HardOCP for 18 years, Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components since the late 90s, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review, he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented and hardware enthusiast perspective. You can follow him on Twitter - @Brent_Justice You can sub to his YouTube channel - Justice Gaming You can check out his computer builds on KIT - @BrentJustice

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