The GeForce GTX 1660 TI and RTX 3050 cards are the two GPU options appearing in the Brazilian market, starting at R$1,750. With good memory capacity, these two cards guarantee plenty of performance for modern games at Full HD resolutions. While the GTX 1660 TI is a motherboard that has been around for a while and improves upon other entry-level Turing solutions, the newly introduced RTX 3050 is one of the most modern motherboards from the manufacturer and remains the gateway to new ray tracing and DLSS etc. technology.
With a good time lag between their releases, and even because they belong to different product lines and generations, those looking for one of these models may have questions about which GPU to invest in. To help you understand which Nvidia card is best for your setup, TechTudo Below is a comparison of the technical specifications of each model.
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The GTX 1660 Ti can handle full HD modern gaming with ease. — Photo: Disclosure/Nvidia
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Despite the time difference between card releases, the GTX 1660 TI and RTX 3050 have nearly identical specs. These boards have similar core clocks and use the same memory technology, with two GDDR6 technology options.
The TDPs of these models are also very similar, differing by only 10 W. However, in terms of CUDA cores (CUDA cores), the RTX 3050 has the advantage, about a thousand more cores than the GTX 1660 TI. Another difference is support for technologies like ray tracing and DLSS, which are also only present on the latest graphics cards.
Even with the technical differences in GPUs, there is a certain balance of performance between cards, and according to testing on professional sites, there are situations where the GTX 1660 TI can play to its advantage. One of the points where the 1660 TI has an advantage over the RTX 3050 is the memory interface, which is 192-bit on GTX cards and 128-bit on RTX.
Tests show that the GTX 1660 TI outperforms the RTX 3050 by 6% in effective speed, with little impact on the experience. Even with the performance benefits, it’s worth considering that by introducing a more modern architecture and supporting DLSS, the RTX 3050 may end up being more efficient, especially in applications that support the latest technology.
The RTX 3050 will be available in January 2022 — Photo: Disclosure / Nvidia
Another similarity between the boards is consumption, as these models actually have the same energy requirements. While the GTX 1660 TI has a TDP of 120 W, the new RTX 3050 is a 130 W TDP card, which is only a 10 W difference.
According to the manufacturer, both models only use an eight-pin auxiliary power connector. To use the RTX 3050, the recommended power supply (PSU) is 550 W, and for the GTX 1660 TI, the recommended power supply is 450 W.
As a more modern graphics card, the RTX 3050 finally offers more power, mostly thanks to its latest architecture. With the introduction of Tensor Cores, the RTX 3050 supports hardware ray tracing technology, which will have a major impact on games and applications that require more graphics cards for better lighting visuals.
DLSS is another differentiator for the latest graphics cards, allowing the GPU to deliver higher performance even at higher resolutions, using deep learning to improve the quality or performance of titles that support the feature. One feature that only exists on the GTX 1660 TI is VR Ready, which is nothing more than the ability to run applications in virtual reality, a trend that promises to expand the Metaverse.
New RTX 3050 model unveiled during CES 2022 — Photo: Reproduction/NVIDIA
Both models had good availability in the Brazilian market, but since it was an earlier released card, the GTX 1660 TI appeared with more models from different manufacturers and at a lower price. Nvidia’s entry/mid-level card appears in an online retail price of R$1,750, which is an interesting value considering the price increases for hardware components in recent years.
Launched amid a market-wide component shortage, the RTX 3050 is the entry-level solution to Nvidia’s new generation of RTX, which in turn makes the card a gateway to anyone looking to explore technologies like ray tracing. Graphics cards launching in 2022 will start at R$2,399, which is a steep price for an entry-level graphics card – but let’s not forget the GPU launch scenario.
The GTX 1660 TI can deliver more performance at a lower cost, which finally makes its cost-benefit ratio really interesting. On the other hand, the RTX 3050 offers features not found in GPUs launched in 2019, which may be a difference for those who prefer visual quality.
So it’s worth considering that with the RTX 3050 priced close to the GTX 1660 TI, it might be more interesting to consider a newer card. For now, however, the 1660 TI still appears to be a more attractive option considering the equivalent performance due to the larger price gap.
RTX 3050 vs GTX 1660 TI
|Specification||GTX 1660 Texas Instruments||RTX 3050|
|emission||Q1 2019||Q1 2022|
|price||From BRL 1,750||from BRL 2,399|
|Base Clock/Boost (MHz)||1500/1770||1550/1770|
|memory||6GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6|
|memory interface||192 bits||128 bits|
|Virtual reality ready||Yes||Do not|
|ray tracing||Do not||Yes|
|vitality||120 watts||130 watts|
|Recommended fonts||450 watts||550 watts|
|replenish energy||an eight-pin connector||an eight-pin connector|
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