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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 shows some disappointing performance on the benchmark

Nvidia is running around to get graphics cards to gamers given the situation with crypto miners buying everything up. The availability of Graphics cards when it comes to gamers is really low and alarmingly costly.

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Keeping in mind this situation Nvidia announced a new RTX card named the RTX 2050 which in itself is a confusing card but we will get to that soon. The idea behind the RTX 2050 Card is that it is supposed to give people the taste of Ray tracing on a budget while also increasing Nvidia’s profit margins.

Why is RTX 2050 So Confusing?

The RTX 2050 is a confusing GPU in Nvidia’s lineup and that’s mainly due to the naming convention used for this GPU. RTX 2000 series was based on the Turing architecture from Nvidia which when launched was the latest and the greatest but since then Nvidia has upgraded.

The latest upgrade in architecture was in the 3000 series with Nvidia going from Turing to Ampere. Now coming back to the RTX 2050 one would assume that this is a Turing architecture-based card but in reality, Nvidia has confirmed that this Card is based on the Ampere architecture.

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One may think that the fact that the RTX 2050 is based on the Ampere architecture is a good thing but here comes the twist, RTX 2050 cannot use any Ampere-based features. That means the card is either severely limited on purpose to ensure that it does not compete with the 3000 series cards or there is something fishy going on.

Nonetheless, a lot of people would still be waiting for this confusing card to hit the shelves as there is a serious drought to Graphics cards and with companies like Best Buy sealing the inventory behind paywall things really need to change.

RTX 2050 Hardware Specifications

RTX 2050 is a card that is supposed to uplift the gamer’s spirit and that is something the specs do not do as the specs are very meager for a card that is carrying the RTX moniker. The GPU comes with really compromised specifications and will disappoint the users for the most part and will leave you reeling for more.

The card comes with 4GB of VRAM with a bandwidth of 14GBPS on a 64bit bus which gives the effective bandwidth of 112Gb/s. The TGP is on the lower end coming up at just 30-45W. The base clock is 1057 MHz and the boost clock is 1740MHz and has 2048 CUDA cores.

The specifications put the card between GTX 1650 and 1660Ti and so does the performance but then again, the card comes with Ampere architecture. This was mostly done in order to attract a higher price for the RTX 2050 card and gain more profits.

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Looking at the specification of the card it would be better a choice to purchase the 1660Ti at a reasonable rate and save some money instead of paying more for just the RTX moniker. The 1660Ti is a better GPU at any given point but then again it is really hard to get the 1660Ti.

RTX2050 Benchmarks are also Disappointing

RTX 2050 benchmarks are lackluster to put it politely and that is disappointing as the card is carrying the RTX tag and yet it underperforms on a large scale. The benchmarks may disappoint a lot of people who were thinking of buying RTX 2050.

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The 3D Mark Fire strike scores that were recently leaked for the RTX 2050 show that the card achieves a score of 9,673 which may seem like a lot but in reality, At best the RTX 2050 outshines the MX550 which is a budget card and doesn’t have as much hype around it. The scores achieved by the RTX 2050 put it at the equivalent level of MX570.

RTX 2050

RTX 2050’s Video encoding capabilities are severely impacted by the low VRAM and bandwidth. This issue with the VRAM limitation comes more into perspective once we see that the RTX 2050 is beaten in video encoding by an Intel Iris XE IGPU with 96 execution units.

One must however remember that these benchmark results are leaked and may not actually be accurate in the real world with an optimized Nvidia driver. Though as far as the current state of affairs is going one may say that the RTX 2050 is going to be dead on arrival.

One saving grace for the Nvidia RTX 2050 is the inclusion of dedicated RT cores and Tensor cores that will offer a gaming experience that will be slightly better than the competing cards of the GTX moniker but then again if the RTX3050 can’t give a good Ray Tracing experience one cannot expect a lot from the RTX 2050

Gaming On the RTX2050

Gaming on RTX 2050 is an experience that is not at all very nice from the early leaks. The card performs marginally better than the GTX 1650 but nowhere near the 1660Ti. Even though the RTX 2050 on paper supports ray tracing, in reality, the RTX 2050 cannot handle ray tracing in a way that would actually be useful for gaming.

Ray tracing is an intensive task and even the latest RTX3050 cannot handle ray tracing properly then it would be foolish to think that a card like RTX 2050 would be able to handle ray tracing. Moreover, AAA titles that use ray tracing are huge VRAM hogs and with the limited VRAM on the RTX 2050, the performance would be lacklustre.

However, the features like DLSS will help the card shell out a better performance.

Verdict

The RTX 2050 seems like a card that should not have launched with the RTX moniker and should have been launched as a new budget range but with the shortage of cards on the shelves, something is better than nothing.

The performance may not be the best in its class but gamers can tone down the graphic settings and get the most out of their new RTX 2050 and that is something that certainly is better than not being able to play at all. We certainly hope that graphic cards hit the shelves soon, just like we hope you keep visiting us to get the latest tech updates. Also more…

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