The RTX 3050 built into complete computers can be weaker than the normal model from Nvidia.
There are now two models of the RTX 3050 that differ in performance.
With the RTX 3050, Nvidia launched a new graphics card at the beginning of the year, which is said to be suitable for price-conscious gamers. A GA106-150 GPU is installed on it, which has 2,560 CUDA cores and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory. Now Nvidia has also introduced a trimmed model of the Geforce RTX 3050 for OEM partners, which can be installed in complete PCs. However, this model of graphics card only offers 2,304 CUDA cores, which is 256 cores fewer.
Nvidia has confirmed the slimmed-down model with an entry on the official website (at the bottom). Accordingly, the base clock of the new model also drops from 1.55 to 1.51 GHz. At 1.76 GHz, the boost clock is also slightly lower than in the previous model, which can clock up to 1.78 GHz. According to the data sheet, the power consumption should be the same. Nvidia does not provide information on memory bandwidth.
Be careful when buying!
The stripped down version of the RTX 3050 has two fans and an 8-pin power connector. When designing the board, Nvidia apparently followed the reference design. The problem is that the RTX 3050, intended for complete PCs, offers up to 10 percent less performance. So if you want to buy a finished computer with a Geforce RTX 3050 in the near future, you should clarify in advance with the dealer which model of the RTX 3050 is installed in it. It is currently still unclear how long the card has been used by OEM partners. The OEM model of the RTX 3050 does not offer any tangible advantages for buyers. The standard model should therefore be preferred in any case because of the additional performance of up to ten percent.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 in the test: fast, many features, but very expensive!