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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon RX 5600 XT

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1320 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM runs at a speed of 1875 MHz on this particular model. It features 3584 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5600 XT, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1375 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this specific model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 160 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce RTX 3060 should perform a bit faster than the Radeon RX 5600 XT in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
Radeon RX 5600 XT 344064 MB/sec
Difference: 24576 (7%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5600 XT is quite a bit (approximately 34%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 198000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50160 (34%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5600 XT should be much (approximately 39%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce RTX 3060, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 88000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24640 (39%)

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 5600 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 January 2020
Code Name GA106 Navi 10 XLE
Memory (Unknown) MB 6144 MB
Core Speed 1320 MHz 1375 MHz
Memory Speed 1875 GB/s 1500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 368640 MB/sec 344064 MB/sec
Texel Rate 147840 Mtexels/sec 198000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 88000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2304
Texture Mapping Units 112 144
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 7 nm
Transistors 13250 million 10300 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 maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number 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 fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3060

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Radeon RX 5600 XT

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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