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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon RX 5700

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 has a clock frequency of 1320 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1875 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 8 nm design. It features 3584 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5700, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1465 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Radeon RX 5700 180 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 5700 should in theory be much superior to the GeForce RTX 3060 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 458752 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
Difference: 90112 (24%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5700 should be quite a bit (approximately 43%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 210960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 63120 (43%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5700 will be quite a bit (approximately 48%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce RTX 3060, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 93760 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 30400 (48%)

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 5700
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 July 2019
Code Name GA106 Navi 10
Memory (Unknown) MB 8096 MB
Core Speed 1320 MHz 1465 MHz
Memory Speed 1875 GB/s 1750 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 368640 MB/sec 458752 MB/sec
Texel Rate 147840 Mtexels/sec 210960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 93760 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2304
Texture Mapping Units 112 144
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 256-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 (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3060

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Radeon RX 5700

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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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