MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC review

Nowadays, it’s a bit hard to call almost any GPU a budget one because the video card prices aren’t yet normalized at 100%. Still, the cost of most GeForce RTX 3050 graphics cards is on the low side by today’s standards. The RTX 3050 looks like it’s meant for 1080p gaming – it comes with an 8GB memory which is just fine even for 1440p gaming. For this review, we will test the MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC. As you may know, the Ventus lineup is a step-down compared to other MSI’s custom GPU designs like the Gaming or Trio.

For a not-so-power-hungry chip like the GA106, a two-fan cooler design seems more than enough for adequate cooling. The GPU is limited to PCIe 4.0 x8 but this kind of bus interface speed is fine given the raw power of the GA106. The I/O of the video card is what you’d expect from GPU released in 2022 – three Display Ports 1.4a and an HDMI 2.1. At least on paper, this graphics card should be powerful enough for 1080p gaming with greatly bumped visuals but we’ll see if this GPU is okay for playing games on 1440p and even on 4K with some compromises when it comes to visual quality.

You can check the current price of MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC here: Buy from Amazon.com (#CommissionsEarned)

Contents


Specs Sheet

  MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC
Architecture Ampere
GPU chip GA106
Shader units 2560
ROPs 32
TMUs 80
Transistors 12000M
Base Clock (MHz) 1552
Boost clock (MHz) 1807
Memory clock (MHz) 1750
Memory size (MB) 8192
Memory type GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 128
Default board power limit 130W
Max board power limit 130W
Power Connectors 8-pin
Recommended PSU 550W
Dimensions 235 x 124 x 42 mm
Weight 661g
I/O 3x Display Port, HDMI 2.1
Max Resolution 7680×4320
DirectX version 12.2
Technology 8nm
RTX capabilities Yes
Release date 01.2022

Test configuration

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z690 Carbon
RAM: 2x16GB DDR5 G.SKILL Trident Z5 6000MHz CL36
Power Supply: EVGA P+ 1300W
Cooling: COUGAR AQUA 360
Monitor: LG 43UN700-B
Case: Open test bench

Software

OS: Windows 11 x64 with the latest updates
Drivers: NVIDIA 516.59 drivers

Drivers

The GPU drivers for the MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC can be found in the following link:
https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/drivers/

What’s in the box?

The video card comes well-secured in a fairly compact box – the package weight is just 1070 grams. Inside, you’ll find only the essentials – protective foam, manuals, and the GPU itself.


Design and looks

As you can see, the video card is compact – it’s just 23.5 mm long and it features a two-fan setup. The video card takes 2.2 slots thanks to its backplate – without it, it’s a pure two-slot GPU. This means that the extra space is on the back of the video card and the graphics cards will not block additional PCIe slots on your motherboard.

Speaking of fans, the pair here is called TORX Fan 3.0 (and it has a similar look to the 2.0 variants). The fans aren’t that fancy-looking like the ones used in the more premium models (the 4.0 version) but in reality, this duo is a quality one and it’s silent (and effective as well) during load and that’s the thing that matters the most.

The backplate is made of plastic which is normal for such a graphics card – it protects the card from damage during installation or when you’re upgrading something inside of your PC. Still, the plastic isn’t dissipating the heat as well as the metal so a plastic backplate isn’t an optimal solution.

We can immediately spot the absence of the anti-bending strap that can be found in some other MSI GPUs but here it’s not a problem because we got a 23.5mm long GPU that weighs a bit over half a kilo – so sagging isn’t an issue at all.


Synthetic benchmarks, BIOS, and overclock

So, let’s test the GPUs’ raw performance with the aid of some popular benchmarks like 3DMark Fire Strike, 3DMark Time Spy, and Unigine Superposition. We’ll start with the stock results.

Now, let’s check the OC results.

3Dmark Fire Strike Graphics Score 3Dmark Time Spy Graphics Score Unigine Superposition Blender
MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC Stock 16335 6193 3479 1628
MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC OC 17700 (+8%) 6760 (+9%) 3818 (+10%) 1821 (+12%)

The gain from overclocking this particular GPU is around 10% on average. Not a huge one but if you are familiar with overclocking (and you have some free time) why not?

BIOS 

You can have a look at the BIOS of the GPU and its stock clocks. In idle, you can’t hear the graphics card because fans aren’t spinning while the core temperature is a bit below 40°C.

It’s quite disappointing that the power limit of the GPU can’t be increased even by a small margin. All you got is 130W TGP so if you want to squeeze more performance you have to undervolt the video card and then you can try some core and memory overclocking.

Overclock
We’re using Unigine Heaven 4.0 in 4K for monitoring the stock and OC frequencies while testing for stability. Let’s check the stock frequencies. We got around 1942 [email protected]°C for the core and the memory is set to 1750MHz (7000MHz effective). The good news is the fans’ rotating speed is below 1400 RPM – neat. It’s hard to hear them even in games like Cyberpunk 2077.

Overclocking the GPU isn’t complicated at all. With the MSI Afterburner’s Voltage/Curve frequency editor we set the core voltage to exactly 1V and the core clock to 2107MHz – this is the maximum core frequency without experiencing any throttling caused by the modest power limit in heavy games. Actually, this kind of core frequency isn’t bad at all. The Hynix memory is a bit of a pleasant surprise – it’s stable at +1000MHz (8000MHz effective clock) which isn’t as good as some other GPUs with Samsung memory chips but at the end of the day, this kind of memory clock is just enough. We’re using fans in auto mode and we can see that the GPU is even cooler and more quieter despite the fact that it’s overclocked. Because of the core undervolt (from 1.08V to 1.0V) the fans are spinning at 1138 RPM and the core temperature is 63°C – that’s 2°C cooler compared to the stock clocks. So, we got 10% more performance from the OC and the video card become even cooler and quieter – nice.

Gaming tests


 

Stray High (Check settings)
1080p 137 fps
1440p 86 fps
4K 41 fps


Far Cry 6 Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 73 fps
1440p 52 fps
4K 28 fps


Diablo Immortal V.High (Check settings)
1080p 253 fps

God Of War Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 57 fps
1440p 44 fps
4K 26 fps

Forza Horizon 5 Extreme (Check settings)
1080p 55 fps
1440p 47 fps
4K 33 fps


 

Days Gone Very High (Check settings)
1080p 81 fps
1440p 55 fps
4K 28 fps


Death Stranding V.High (Check settings)
1080p 100 fps
1440p 71 fps
4K 38 fps

 

Call Of Duty Warzone (Caldera) Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 90 fps
1440p 64 fps
4K 35 fps


 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 77 fps
1440p 60 fps
4K 36 fps


 

FIFA 22 Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 334 fps
1440p 259 fps
4K 147 fps


 

Resident Evil Village Max (Check settings)
1080p 148 fps
1440p 97 fps
4K 48 fps


 

Cyberpunk 2077 Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 50 fps
1440p 30 fps
4K 9 fps


 

Cyberpunk 2077 Benchmark Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 49 fps
1440p 30 fps
4K 9 fps


 

 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 57 fps
1440p 43 fps


 

eFootball PES 2021 High (Check settings)
1080p 173 fps
1440p 111 fps
4K 54 fps


cs-go-benchmarks

 

CS:GO MAX (Check settings)
1080p 384 fps
1440p 246 fps
4K 125 fps


 

 

DOTA 2 Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 189 fps
1440p 158 fps
4K 80 fps


GTA-V-benchmarks

 

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 49 fps
1440p 33 fps
4K 17 fps


 

For Honor Extreme (Check settings)
1080p 117 fps
1440p 77 fps
4K 39 fps

 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 300 fps
1440p 201 fps
4K 102 fps


 

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Highest (Check settings)
1080p 63 fps
1440p 40 fps
4K 20 fps

 

Doom Eternal U.Nightmare (Check settings)
1080p 145 fps
1440p 107 fps
4K 57 fps


 

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 MAX (Check settings)
1080p 19 fps
1440p 14 fps


 

Metro Exodus Extreme (Check settings)
1080p 26 fps
1440p 20 fps
4K 11 fps

 

Gears 5 Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 79 fps
1440p 56 fps
4K 29 fps

 

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Ultra High (Check settings)
1080p 57 fps
1440p 45 fps
4K 28 fps


Hearthstone High (Check settings)
1080p 1194 fps
1440p 789 fps
4K 434 fps

 

World Of Tanks Encore Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 146 fps
1440p 94 fps
4K 47 fps


 

Minecraft Maximum (Check settings)
1080p 239 fps
1440p 237 fps
4K 240 fps

 

League Of Legends V.High (Check settings)
1080p 769 fps
1440p 718 fps
4K 372 fps


Rocket League H.Quality (Check settings)
1080p 338 fps
1440p 231 fps
4K 120 fps


Overwatch Epic (Check settings)
1080p 197 fps
1440p 136 fps
4K 56 fps




PUBG Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 112 fps
1440p 73 fps
4K 45 fps


Borderlands 3 Badass (Check settings)
1080p 58 fps
1440p 41 fps
4K 22 fps


Team Fortress 2 MAX (Check settings)
1080p 281 fps
1440p 253 fps
4K 138 fps


 

Far Cry New Dawn Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 95 fps
1440p 69 fps
4K 37 fps

 

The Witcher 3 Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 82 fps
1440p 58 fps
4K 34 fps


 

Need For Speed Heat Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 88 fps
1440p 63 fps
4K 35 fps


 

Apex Legends MAX (Check settings)
1080p 191 fps
1440p 95 fps
4K 53 fps


Battlefield V Ultra (Check settings)
1080p 115 fps
1440p 85 fps
4K 47 fps


 

ARK: Survival Evolved Epic (Check settings)
1080p 43 fps
1440p 27 fps
4K 14 fps

 

Warframe High (Check settings)
1080p 224 fps
1440p 151 fps
4K 74 fps


Temperatures and comfort

In this test we use 100% on the GPU, monitoring its frequencies and chip temperature.

30 min Cyberpunk 2077 on 4K Ultra details Clock Core Temperature GPU Hot Sport Temperature Power FAN RPM
MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC 1934 Mhz 67°C 77°C 129.4W 1548 RPM


Gaming on 4K is always more extreme compared to 1080p and 1440p. Especially when using heavy games – in our case that’s Cyberpunk 2077 on Ultra details. On the other hand, the MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC is still cool and quiet even in this scenario – 67°C and ~1550 RPM for the fans is a great result. Compared to the 1080p tests, the core is reaching 1934 MHz which isn’t too far away from the 1942MHz mark that we saw when gaming and testing on Full HD. So, yes, everything looks in check.

Verdict

The MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC is GPU that is definitely good for 1080p gaming and even for 1440p with some compromises. In this case, DLSS can boost the FPS higher which will be good for people playing frequently online shooters or other fast-paced games. The build quality of the video card is just okay, actually, the cooler is a bit of an overkill because all the time it’s hard to hear the video card if it’s in a decent case that provides good airflow. The only thing that we don’t like regarding this graphics card is the plastic backplate which is too cheap-ish on the touch.

We already moaned a bit about the small power limit, but in reality, a 130W TGP is just okay for this kind of video card and as you can see, with some undervolting to 1V, the core can go above 2100 MHz (at least our GPU is capable of doing this). Believe it or not, 4K gaming is possible but expectedly, you have to reduce the visual quality and probably you can use DLSS in Performance or Ultra Performance mode. Sure, not every game can be played on 4K with this GPU but light and popular games like CS:GO, Rocket League, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, World Of Tanks, etc can be played on 4K without a hassle and these titles look better because of the higher resolution.

You can check the current price of MSI RTX 3050 VENTUS 2X 8G OC here: Buy from Amazon.com (#CommissionsEarned)

Pros

  • Nearly silent under load
  • Compact
  • Has a backplate
  • Cool during gaming
  • Idle fan stop
  • Comes with goodies like HDMI 2.1, PCI-Express 4.0, DLSS, and ray tracing
  • 8nm tech process


Cons

  • 130W TGP is a bit too low
  • Plastic backplate

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