NVIDIA’s budget Ampere GPU and the cheapest one to feature RT and Tensor cores is slated to hit retail in the next 24-48 hours. With an official MSRP of $249, the GeForce RTX 3050 is a step up over AMD’s Radeon RX 6500 XT on account of its larger 8GB memory buffer. This, however, comes at a steep price. While the Radeon RX 6500 XT is priced just over $250 across most retailers, the RTX 3050 is being “officially” priced close to $500 by board partners.
That’s almost twice as much as the Radeon RX 6500 XT, making it a huge cash grab on NVIDIA and its partners’ part. Since the Founders Edition models are non-existent in this segment, it means that NVIDIA’s $249 MSRP is irrelevant. Furthermore, since partners receive their dies from NVIDIA and have to follow certain guidelines, it’d be fair to say that NVIDIA is getting part of the cut.