GPUs are a hot topic because they are hard to come by. With chip shortages and crypto mining gobbling up, PC gamers’ demand for quality GPUs has never been higher. So it’s puzzling that companies are blatantly using misleading comparisons when marketing these cards.
on twitter, Andreas Schilling edit Hardware Luxx, points to some AMD comparison graphs that pit the new entry-level AMD Radeon Pro W6400 GPU against the Radeon Pro WX 3200 released in 2019. It’s an odd choice, since these comparisons don’t even make the new card look good. Two of the three benchmarks shown are simply comparable, which is not what most people want to hear when looking for an upgrade.
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Never far behind, it looks like the green team is also offering an odd comparison graph.In reply to Schilling’s tweet, screenshot from Nvidia’s RTX 3050 product page An even worse example is shown. For some unfathomable reason, this graph compares the RTX 3050 to the GTX 1650 and GTX 1050. I can hear my brain screaming when I see it, the 1050 came out in 2016. What exactly is it doing? Two of the tests were games with RTX On enabled, and I’m sure it would work great on a good old GTX card. As I imagine, the same goes for DLSS quality mode. I can’t think of any valid reason to use these cards to compare to the 3050 other than to overstate how powerful it is.
AMD did something similar to make the recently released Radeon RX 6500 XT look better, comparing it to the GTX 1650 and RX 570. If a 2022 GPU doesn’t beat a similarly priced card from 2016 or 2017, then we’re all in trouble, although I hope that’s a given at this point and doesn’t need to be pointed out.
RTX 3050 (2022) vs GTX 1050 (2016) 😏 https://t.co/I8BP2AKqRl https://t.co/NlRmAefIt6 pic.twitter.com/srLjJbrW8ZJanuary 19, 2022
This all makes AMD’s workstation comparison almost plausible. At least it’s hard to accuse the red team of trying to make a card look stronger than in these comparisons. These cards are also more niche, so comparisons like this don’t seem so purposefully strange.
Nvidia’s RTX 3050 is new to the desktop market after a while in gaming laptops. It’s unlikely to be a bad card, but these comparisons are a bit odd. The budget Ampere card was recently revealed to be priced at $249, which sounds pretty good, especially in the current market and will be available at the end of January. Hopefully we can actually see these stock so we can do some benchmarking ourselves and compare them to more relevant GPUs.