With the RTX 3050 launch I had a stocked clocked card come in and I had originally planned to also cover an overclocked card as well but shipping issues put a stop to that. Things have finally come in including this card from MSI and today I can take a look at MSI’s new RTX 3050 Gaming X 8G. They have this model cranked up to 1845 MHz over the stock 1777 MHz. The card also has a significantly larger cooler attached so I am curious to see how the overclock helps performance and if the larger cooler is worth going over a compact stocked clocked card.

Product Name: MSI RTX 3050 Gaming X 8G

Review Sample Provided by: MSI

Written by: Wes Compton

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Specifications

Model Name

GeForce RTX™ 3050 GAMING X 8G

Graphics Processing Unit

NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050

Interface

PCI Express® Gen 4.0 x8

Cores

2560 Units

Core Clocks

Boost: 1845 MHz

Memory Speed

14 Gbps

Memory

8GB GDDR6

Memory Bus

128-bit

Output

DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a)

HDMI x 1 (Supports 4K@120Hz as specified in HDMI 2.1)

HDCP Support

Y

Power Consumption

130 W

Power Connectors

8-pin x1

Recommended PSU

550 W

Card Dimension (mm)

278 x 130 x 49 mm

Weight (Card / Package)

939 g / 1540 g

DirectX Version Support

12 API

OpenGL Version Support

4.6

Maximum Displays

4

G-Sync® Technology

Y

Adaptive Vertical Sync

Y

Digital Maximum Resolution

7680x4320

Warranty

Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years

Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

 

Before getting into testing I did also run GPUz to double-check that our clock speeds match up with the specifications. For the 3050 Gaming X that means CPUz needs to show the clock speed at 1845 MHz and it does. I also document the GPUz for future reference so we can see which BIOS revision testing was done with and the driver used which in this case was the Nvidia 511.32 beta driver provided to the press for the launch.

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