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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 features a GPU clock speed of 1320 MHz, and the (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 memory runs at 1875 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 3584 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500, which comes with core clock speeds of 1670 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5500 150 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce RTX 3060 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the Radeon RX 5500 in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
Radeon RX 5500 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 139264 (61%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 should be a bit (about 1%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 5500. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 880 (1%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 is a small bit (more or less 19%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon RX 5500, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9920 (19%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce RTX 3060 Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 October 2019
Code Name GA106 Navi 14 XT
Memory (Unknown) MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1320 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 1875 GB/s 1750 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 368640 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 147840 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 1408
Texture Mapping Units 112 88
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 7 nm
Transistors 13250 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3060

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Radeon RX 5500

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