With the Nvidia RTX 3050, budget PC gaming is dead

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 hit the market earlier today, and if you haven’t noticed, it’s already sold out all over the place. So, just like every other graphics card that Nvidia has released over the past year or so, it’s going to start showing up on third-party retailers at a much higher price, because that’s just the world we live in.

It’s really a shame because in my review, I found it was a huge jump in performance over the GTX 1650, introducing ray tracing to an xx50 graphics card for the first time. But even on MSRP of $249 in the US, it actually costs twice as much as its last-generation counterpart. Once you start calculating the price increases from the lack of supply, it looks like you’re going to hit over $400 for Cheaper versions.

In the past, though, this card would have fallen in the $100-120 price range and would be the subject of hundreds of Reddit posts where nerds (I love 💖💖) tell people to build a cheap gaming PC instead of a PS5. It was always obnoxious, but being able to do that is something I will miss.

A look inside a room full of gaming PCs

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