One minute review
The RTX GPU market is still problematic with demand far exceeding supply resulting in staggering prices. Hoping to alleviate this – and make RTX cards more accessible to gamers on a budget – the RTX 3050 has launched. We’ve already reviewed the card and found it to be a great option for gamers who want all the benefits of Nvidia’s RTX cards, but on a much more affordable budget.
Colorful’s GeForce RTX 3050 iGame card is worth considering if you’re looking for a sleek GPU that offers great performance. It’s on par with the other RTX 3050 cards we’ve reviewed before and has the added benefit of simple overclocking to squeeze in a few extra frames. However, its higher price does not necessarily justify this overclocking feature, as the RTX 3050 chip is not really aimed at overclocking enthusiasts.
Price aside, the iGame GeForce RTX 3050 is one of the best looking RTX 3050 cards we’ve seen to date and will be fine if you want a cheaper GPU that still looks great. It’s capable of delivering enough performance for smooth 1080p gaming, while remaining cool and quiet in most PC builds.
Price and availability
The iGame GeForce RTX 3050 is available now, priced at $409.
That puts it at the high end of the RTX 3050 price range, considering the $249 price that Nvidia originally set for this GPU. You are certainly paying extra for a slightly more robust cooling solution that is required for this GPU. If looks are what you’re after then this is the GPU to get – otherwise you’re bound to have cheaper alternatives on the market.
The first thing that strikes you about the iGame GeForce RTX 3050 is its almost all-white look. The front of the card features two large 90mm fans housed in a matte white enclosure, with a blue-purple gradient effect applied to one section. A yellow accent stripe with the company logo starts at the front of the card and tapers to the back, almost mimicking a “warning” stripe. There’s a black GeForce RTX logo on the back of the card, and that’s it – no fancy RGB effects here other than a glowing logo.
In terms of connectivity, you get an HDMI port and three DisplayPort connections, as well as Colorful’s one-button overclocking feature, which boosts the card’s base clock from 1,552 MHz to 1,822 MHz. This makes it easy to overclock the GPU for resource-intensive games, while veteran gamers can also choose to do it manually through bundled software.
The board requires an 8-pin connector to operate and measures 253 x 129.2 x 45.6mm. It’s a dual-slot GPU that’s small enough to fit in most PC cases, including small form factor rigs. Despite its size, you’ll still get all the benefits of more powerful RTX cards, including Nvidia DLSS, G-Sync, Ray Tracing, and more.
Here’s how the iGame GeForce RTX 3050 fared in our benchmark test suite:
Extreme Spy Time: 6785
Ultra Fire Strike: 3611
Royal Port : 3598
Metro Exodus (high, 1080p): 51fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1080p): 87fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (1080p): 63fps
When it comes to performance, the iGame GeForce RTX 3050 was able to hold its own in synthetic and real-world benchmarks. Shadow of the Tomb Raider performed well with smooth gameplay, and we saw similar performance in games like Overwatch and Destiny 2.
Things struggled slightly in Metro Exodus with frame rates mostly staying at 50fps on average, while in Cyberpunk 2077 the game ran at around 43fps. You can get smoother frame rates if you remove some in-game effects and details, but the majority of our games ran pretty well with few performance issues.
The one-button overclock is a nice feature but doesn’t make much of a difference for gaming. We were only able to squeeze an extra 5fps in some games at most, which hardly seems worth the hassle. In fact, you might as well run the card in overclocked mode all the time, just to get those few extra frames up front. According to Colorful’s recommendation, you should only enable or disable overclocking when the PC is turned off.
Temperatures were generally good, with the card registering around 33°C at idle and hitting 61°C during peak usage. The fans aren’t too noisy, so the card is able to stay nice and cool in a variety of PC cases.