PNY GeForce RTX 3050 8G VERTO Dual Fan Video Card Review

PNY GeForce RTX 3050 8G VERTO Dual Fan Video Card Front View

Introduction

For evaluation, we have the PNY GeForce RTX 3050 8GB Verto Dual Fan video card (VCG30508DFBPB1).  This card has NVIDIA default GPU credentials, a dual-slot shroud, a generous heatsink, dual fan cooling, and a brushed aluminum full-sized slotted back plate.  There is no RGB lighting on our card.  As of this review writing, this video card represents the lone dual fan VERTO RTX 3050 from PNY.  It has the factory default boost clock speed of 1777MHz.  We are testing a full retail model.

The GeForce RTX 3050 was released in January 2022 and targeted at 1080p gaming with an MSRP of $249.  The PNY RTX 3050 VERTO Dual Fan is available on the PNY website for $269 currently.  The warranty is listed as 3 years.

GeForce RTX 3050 Specifications

Briefly,  the GeForce RTX 3050 is based on NVIDIA’s Ampere architecture manufactured on SAMSUNG 8nm FFN.  It has 2,560 CUDA Cores, 48 ROPs, 80 Texture Units, 20 2nd Gen RT Cores, and 80 3rd Gen Tensor Cores.  The boost clock is set at 1777MHz.  It has 8GB of GDDR6 memory at 14GHz on a 128-bit memory bus at 224GB/s of memory bandwidth.  The TGP is rated at 130W. This GeForce RTX 3050 features, of course, Ray Tracing, and DLSS support to improve its performance at 1080p.  When released there was no “Founders Edition” version of the 3050s.

PNY GeForce RTX 3050 8G VERTO Dual Fan

This video card has dual fans.  The shroud is plastic.  It fully covers the PCB and the extent of the heatsink, which is longer than the PCB.  There is no opening in the rear of the shroud.  The 9-blade fans are 85mm.  There is a very sturdy, full-cover brushed metal backplate.

This video card is a dual slot design and has 3 Display Port 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1 output.  It measures 8 15/16 x 4 x 1 3/4 inches.  There are no LEDs or RGBs. Overclocking parameters and fan settings are controlled using PNY VelocityX software. Extra power is supplied by one 8-pin PCIe connector. With TDP listed at 130 Watts, PNY recommends a minimum of 550W power supply.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Gaming Performance
5
Overclocking and Performance
8
Build and Cooling
7
Price Value
6

SUMMARY

We evaluated the PNY GeForce RTX 3050 8G VERTO Dual Fan video card. This card is an average performer that does overclock well and stays cool and quiet. Unfortunately, it just blends in with the competition in both price and performance.

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We evaluated the PNY GeForce RTX 3050 8G VERTO Dual Fan video card. This card is an average performer that does overclock well and stays cool and quiet. Unfortunately, it just blends in with the competition in both price and performance.PNY GeForce RTX 3050 8G VERTO Dual Fan Video Card Review