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RTX 3050 VS GTX 1060

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I am just trying to understand something that if you are given two choices and you can only choose one of these option atm:

 

1) Keep using a Gigabyte 1060 6gb (almost 5-6 year old card)

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2) Buy RTX 3050 at whatever price it is available currently

 

Which would be the better option? I am sure the performance of 2nd card will be much better but are there going to be any disadvantages of choosing 2nd option? Or is to just better to choose option 1 for now and wait for 3rd or more options to become available like buy more higher end GPU or something..?

 

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Keep the 1060. Hold on to it until there's a worthwhile upgrade option that doesn't cost too much.

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Just now, Spotty said:

Keep the 1060. Hold on to it until there's a worthwhile upgrade option that doesn't cost too much.

i beg to differ, if he gets it for msrp or a bit more (lets say 300) it wouldnt be too bad if he wanted ray tracing, and he could resell the 1060 for at least 250 usd.

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5 minutes ago, adarw said:

i beg to differ, if he gets it for msrp or a bit more (lets say 300) it wouldnt be too bad if he wanted ray tracing, and he could resell the 1060 for at least 250 usd.

Personally I'm thinking that the 3050 should be price well under $200. While it is way better then the crippled RX 6500.

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The 3050 isn't much of an upgrade over the 1060, however it becomes a more viable option with DLSS. The downside is, that only works in title's that support it. If you can find a 3050 at MSRP then you could probably sell the 1060 and get it, but the likelihood of it being at MSRP and staying there long enough for you to sell it is slim. I'd stick with the 1060 for now and wait for 4000 series.

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14 hours ago, adarw said:

i beg to differ, if he gets it for msrp or a bit more (lets say 300) it wouldnt be too bad if he wanted ray tracing, and he could resell the 1060 for at least 250 usd.

3050 is not what I would "upgrade" to for ray tracing. DLSS maybe provides some benefit to upgrading, but overall I'd say better to just wait.

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If you can get an RTX 3050 for under $300, then it would be a decent upgrade. It has performance around the level of the GTX 1660 Super or GTX 1070, plus it also has DLSS, which is very helpful for supported titles. You can then sell your GTX 1060 for over $200 and the upgrade becomes very affordable.

 

However, it'll be almost impossible to find an RTX 3050 for that price. They'll probably sell for $500+, just like the 1660 Super does, so the point is moot.

 

The GTX 1060 is a good card. Keep it going for a while longer and hope that the crypto dip becomes a crash. Maybe you can get an RTX 3060 later this year for MSRP if we're lucky.

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23 hours ago, Shimejii said:

2nd card really isnt that much better. It wouldnt be worth upgrading and its more of a sidegrade

Lets say for example I am getting a 40-45 fps in a game and it doesnt stay constant at this range either and drops further and lets just say buying 3050 will give me CONSTANT 60 fps in that game (and in many others). Would it not be a good choice then?

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23 hours ago, Spotty said:

Keep the 1060. Hold on to it until there's a worthwhile upgrade option that doesn't cost too much.

So it is a better card, only the high price will be the issue?

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42 minutes ago, Tom80765412 said:

So it is a better card, only the high price will be the issue?

How much better though? Enough to justify overpriceness? 

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Its slightly better than a 1070 so objectively that also makes it better than a 1060.

 

 

5 hours ago, Tom80765412 said:

Lets say for example I am getting a 40-45 fps in a game and it doesnt stay constant at this range either and drops further and lets just say buying 3050 will give me CONSTANT 60 fps in that game (and in many others). Would it not be a good choice then?

In a lot of games that looks to be the case yeah.

 

Also depends on your settings ultimately, so at same settings, in many games, yeah, and also 3050 has DLSS.

 

 

4 hours ago, whm1974 said:

How much better though? Enough to justify overpriceness? 

i mean that depends for how much the 1060 can be sold as well.

 

 

ps: funny enough i think the 3050 is strong enough to run into some cpu bottlenecks… also something to consider perhaps

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Mark Kaine said:

Its slightly better than a 1070 so objectively that also makes it better than a 1060.

 

 

In a lot of games that looks to be the case yeah.

 

Also depends on your settings ultimately, so at same settings, in many games, yeah, and also 3050 has DLSS.

 

 

i mean that depends for how much the 1060 can be sold as well.

 

 

ps: funny enough i think the 3050 is strong enough to run into some cpu bottlenecks… also something to consider perhaps

 

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