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GeForce RTX 3050 hammers another nail in the Radeon RX 6500 XT's coffin in benchmark comparison

The GeForce RTX 3050 outscored the maligned RX 6500 XT across the board. (Image source: Nvidia/AMD/3DMark - edited)
The GeForce RTX 3050 outscored the maligned RX 6500 XT across the board. (Image source: Nvidia/AMD/3DMark - edited)
Synthetic benchmark results for the upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card have been shared, and it seems to be another nail in the coffin for the brand-new AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT board. While the RTX 3050 appears to be likely yet another successful addition to Team Green’s lineup, the much-lambasted RX 6500 XT is practically destined to fail.

A benchmark comparison between the soon-to-be-released GeForce RTX 3050 and just-released Radeon RX 6500 XT has left the card from AMD looking even more pointless than it already is to many. As shared by VideoCardz, the RTX 3050 was seen working its way through some of 3DMark’s offerings: FireStrike (1080p), TimeSpy, and TimeSpy Extreme. While the graphics scores between the RTX 3050 and RX 6500 XT are close in FireStrike, the Nvidia card leaves the AMD card behind in both TimeSpy tests.

The GeForce RTX 3050 card managed 15,843 points in FireStrike, which was just in front of the Radeon RX 6500 XT on 15,260 points, and it left the unit from Nvidia just +3.82% ahead. However, the graphics scores for the RTX 3050 in TimeSpy and TimeSpy Extreme were reportedly 6,166 points and 2,801 points, respectively, leaving the GeForce card well ahead of its rival. The RX 6500 XT results of 4,970 points and 2,270 points, respectively, deliver leads of +24.06% and +23.39% for the RTX 3050.

With Nvidia’s unit retailing for US$250/€279, it’s clear to see that the RX 6500 XT is meant to be the main competition in this segment, with the AMD board supposedly costing US$199/€199 but, of course, being priced much higher than that at retailers. The Radeon RX 6500 XT has already been criticized for being unappealing to both gamers and crypto miners alike and for coming with just 4 GB VRAM. With the RTX 3050 officially launching on January 27, it appears the RX 6500 XT’s days are already numbered – unless price hikes and unavailability kill the GeForce card’s momentum from the off.

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SKU FireStrike 1080p
(Graphics)
TimeSpy
(Graphics)
TimeSpy Extreme
(Graphics)
FireStrike
(%)
TimeSpy
(%)
TimeSpy Extreme
(%)
RTX 3060 20,523 8,783 4,111 130% 142% 147%
GTX 1660 Ti 16,774 6,360 2,882 106% 103% 103%
RTX 3050 15,843 6,166 2,801 100% 100% 100%
RX 6500 XT 15,260 4,970 2,270 96% 81% 81%

Table data from VideoCardz (& Notebookcheck (TimeSpy %))

FireStrike. (Image source: 3DMark via VideoCardz)
FireStrike. (Image source: 3DMark via VideoCardz)
TimeSpy. (Image source: 3DMark via VideoCardz)
TimeSpy. (Image source: 3DMark via VideoCardz)
TimeSpy Extreme. (Image source: 3DMark via VideoCardz)
TimeSpy Extreme. (Image source: 3DMark via VideoCardz)

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3DMark via VideoCardz

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-01-23 (Update: 2022-01-23)