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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050: Asus TUF Gaming with factory OC and two axial fans

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The Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 OC (GAMING TUF RTX 3050 O8G) and the Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 (GAME TUF RTX3050 8G) each combines the smallest Ampere graphics processor, the GA106-150 with 2560 CUDA cores, a cooling system consisting of two axial fans, subtle RGB and 5.5 percent factory OC.

Much cooler for the smaller Ampere GPU

With the TUF Gaming series of its partner cards, Asus relies on a very spacious cooling solution in the 2.8 slot, based on the impressive entry-level Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card (test), at least when compared to the power overall graphic. (TGP) of 130 W. Design of double axial fan.

Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3050
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 (Image: Asus)
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 OC
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 OC (Image: Asus)

The graphics card’s 0dB mode ensures that the fans remain quiet up to a temperature of 55 degrees and turn off again when the temperature reaches 38 degrees. The other specifications say the following:

Asus TUF Gaming and TUF Gaming OC GeForce RTX 3050
  • Chip: Nvidia GA106-150-A1 (“Amps”)
  • Base Clock: 1552MHz
  • Boost the clock:
    • 1845MHz*/1875MHz** (TUF Gaming OC)
    • 1777MHz*/1807MHz** (TUF Gaming)
  • Graphics memory: 8 gigabytes of GDDR6 at 14 Gbps
  • Storage interface: 128-bit with 224 GB/s
  • TGP: 130W + 11 percent**
  • Power: 1 × PCIe 8-pin

*) Game mode **) OC mode

At 272 × 139 × 56mm (L×W×H), TUF Gaming and TUF Gaming OC are significantly larger than, say, the Asus GeForce RTX 3050 Dual OC (test) and, according to Nvidia, should be powered by Can be supplied. power to a brand name 550 watt power supply with 8 pin connector. OC mode can only be activated with the Asus GPU Tweak II internal OC tool.

As for the RGB lighting, Asus has implemented a relatively discreet design – although the TUF series based on the GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 illuminate a bit more subtly – and the cooling solution, which occupies three slots, also dispenses with playful details. .

Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 OC
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 OC (Image: Asus)

The neat I/O shield offers 2 × HDMI 2.1 and 3 × DisplayPort 1.4a, with which TUF Gaming and TUF Gaming OC can drive up to four monitors at the same time.

400 to 450 euros are realistic

Asus positions the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 OC slightly below the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3050 OC, which is rated higher with a factory OC of up to 1890 MHz and an even more powerful cooling solution with three 95 axial fans. mm and is currently available for Exchange for 500 euros.

Asus has not yet given an RRP for the TUF series and has also not commented on the availability of the two graphics cards. Compared to the other entry-level models in the manufacturer’s Ampere portfolio, an RRP of €400 to €450 seems realistic.

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