So, I have the new Nvidia RTX 4050 laptop and I was curious to see how it compares to its older version, the RTX 3050. I was personally very excited to test both of them, so I tested them in 8 different games to see how much better the RTX 4050 is compared to RTX 3050, which was released 2 years ago.
GPU Specs Difference
|RTX 3050||RTX 4050|
|BOOST CLOCK||1057-1740 MHZ||1605-2370 MHZ|
|MEMORY||4GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6|
|MEMORY SPEED||11 GBPS||16 GBPS|
|MEMORY BANDWIDTH||176 GB/S||192 GB/S|
|RELEASE DATE||MAY 2021||FEB 2023|
Before testing the games, let me explain some spec differences between the RTX 4050 and the RTX 3050. The RTX 3050 has 2048 CUDA cores, 64 Tensor cores, and 16 RT cores, while the RTX 4050 has 2560 CUDA cores, 80 Tensor cores, and 20 RT cores. These numbers indicate that the RTX 4050 has 25% more CUDA, Tensor, and RT cores than the RTX 3050.
The RTX 4050 also has a higher total memory capacity of 6GB compared to the 4GB capacity of the RTX 3050, and both GPUs support DDR6 memory.
In terms of memory speed, the RTX 4050 is also faster than the RTX 3050, with a memory speed of 16 GBPS compared to the 11 GBPS of the RTX 3050.
The boost clock speed of the RTX 3050 ranges from 1057 to 1740 MHz, while the boost clock speed of the RTX 4050 can go up to 2370 MHz due to its new Ada architecture.
|ASUS TUF – RTX 3050||GIGABYTE G5 MF – RTX 4050|
|Intel Core i5-11400H||Intel Core i5-12450H|
|16GB DDR4 RAM||16GB DDR4 RAM|
|Check Price||Check Price|
Performance in 8 Games
The RTX 4050 laptop demonstrated a notable improvement in average frame rate compared to the RTX 3050 when running this game at high settings. With the RTX 4050, we experienced a 46% increase in average frame rate, allowing us to achieve a smooth 60 FPS gaming experience at high settings.
Both the RTX 4050 and RTX 3050 GPUs offer support for DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology, which provides an additional FPS boost when enabled with balanced mode.
However, it’s important to note that only GPUs from the RTX 40 series have access to the new frame generation feature in supported games. This particular feature greatly contributed to the smoother performance of the RTX 4050 compared to the RTX 3050.
The RTX 4050 laptop outperformed the RTX 3050 with a 15% higher average frame rate in Hogwarts Legacy at high settings. Specifically, it achieved an additional 7 FPS.
Both the RTX 3050 and RTX 4050 GPUs offer the ability to enhance FPS by enabling DLSS. However, similar to the case in Cyberpunk, it is once again the activation of frame generation that truly distinguishes the RTX 4050.
In certain games, such as Spider-Man, the RTX 4050 showed higher average FPS compared to the RTX 3050. However, there were more performance drops observed in the form of worse 1% lows. These fluctuations could potentially be attributed to differences in the CPUs between the laptops.
Enabling DLSS with balanced mode had a negative impact on the performance of the RTX 3050 consistently, making it perform worse. However, the RTX 4050 showed improvement with DLSS enabled, further widening the performance gap between the two. Moreover, with frame generation activated, the RTX 4050 provided an even smoother gaming experience.
During the testing of The Witcher 3 with its next-gen update, it was observed that the 1% lows were worse with the RTX 4050, despite it having a higher average frame rate. As a result, the RTX 3050 laptop provided a more consistent gaming experience in this case.
Similar to the previous case with Spider-Man, enabling DLSS in balanced mode actually resulted in decreased performance for the RTX 3050, while the RTX 4050 showcased improvement, nearly closing the gap in 1% low performance. The game in question also supported frame generation, and, like the other games tested, running it with the RTX 4050 provided a noticeably smoother experience.
In the case of Microsoft Flight Simulator, a similar trend was observed. While the RTX 4050 achieved a 37% higher average frame rate compared to the RTX 3050.
Enabling DLSS on balanced mode improved the performance of the RTX 3050 laptop in Microsoft Flight Simulator. However, the RTX 4050 still maintained a 20% higher average frame rate with a slightly better 1% low.
In A Plague Tale Requiem, there was no significant disparity in terms of 1% lows between the two GPUs. However, the RTX 4050 demonstrated a notable advantage with a 34% higher average FPS compared to the RTX 3050.
Both laptops showed improved performance by enabling DLSS with balanced mode, but the RTX 4050 maintained a significant lead over the RTX 3050. A Plague Tale Requiem also had frame generation support, which, similar to the other games, enhanced the overall gameplay experience.
Among all the games tested, Dead Space showcased the most significant disparity between the two GPUs, with the RTX 4050 laptop achieving a remarkable 75% higher average frame rate. However, there was a less noticeable difference in the 1% lows, but at least the RTX 4050 did not perform worse in this aspect.
In Apex Legends, the RTX 4050 exhibited higher 1% lows compared to the average FPS of the RTX 3050. Additionally, the RTX 4050 achieved an impressive 46% higher average frame rate in the game.
Average FPS in 8 Games
Overall, the RTX 4050 laptop GPU was around 35% faster than the RTX 3050 laptop GPU across all 8 games tested at 1080p. However, the difference in performance varied depending on the specific game, as shown in the graph. For instance, the GPU difference hardly mattered in CPU-heavy games like Spider-Man, while more GPU-intensive games showed more than a 40% boost with the RTX 4050.
DLSS 3 vs DLSS 2 in 6 Games
When comparing the RTX 4050 with DLSS on balanced mode and frame generation enabled to the RTX 3050 with DLSS on balanced mode, the difference becomes more apparent. It’s important to note that only the RTX 4050 benefits from frame generation since the 3050 does not support this feature.
Technically speaking, this graph isn’t that useful as we’re attempting to measure generated frames, but I don’t really have a better way of comparing it other than telling you I thought frame gen gameplay felt smoother.
So the RTX 4050 performs better, but how much more does it cost, and is it worth it? Pricing and availability will change over time, so check the links below for latest price.
The RTX 4050 provides a notable performance improvement over the RTX 3050 and could be worth the additional cost if it fits within your budget. However, considering that RTX 4050 laptops start from $1000 USD, it may not be a budget-friendly option for everyone. It’s worth noting that the RTX 3050 is expected to remain available, catering to those seeking a more affordable GPU option.
Based on my personal experience testing six games, I have found frame generation to be a valuable feature. As long as it continues to be implemented in new games, it is a feature that I would recommend the RTX 4050 over the RTX 3050.
The observed lower 1% lows with the RTX 4050 laptop in certain games raised concerns, and it is difficult to ascertain whether this is solely due to CPU differences. Nevertheless, I believe it is still worth considering investing an additional $200-300 to obtain the RTX 4050, provided it fits within your budget.
I’m Jaskaran Singh, a passionate tech enthusiast from Delhi, now based in Ahmedabad. My five-year journey as a tech writer has culminated in my role as the Editor in Chief at TheWorldsBestAndWorst, where I continue to explore and share the myriad facets of technology with my audience. Beyond writing, I also run a YouTube channel, with a community of 50,000 subscribers.