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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon RX Vega 56

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 features a GPU core speed of 1320 MHz, and the (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 RAM runs at 1875 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 3584 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX Vega 56, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1156 MHz, and 8192 MB of HBM2 memory set to run at 1600 MHz through a 2048-bit bus. It also is comprised of 3584 SPUs, 224 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Radeon RX Vega 56 210 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (24%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX Vega 56 should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce RTX 3060 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 419430 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
Difference: 50790 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX Vega 56 should be a lot (about 75%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 258944 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 111104 (75%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX Vega 56 is a bit (about 17%) more effective at AA than the GeForce RTX 3060, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 73984 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10624 (17%)

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 Vega 56
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 September 2017
Code Name GA106 Vega 10 XL
Memory (Unknown) MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1320 MHz 1156 MHz
Memory Speed 1875 GB/s 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 210 watts
Bandwidth 368640 MB/sec 419430 MB/sec
Texel Rate 147840 Mtexels/sec 258944 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 73984 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 3584
Texture Mapping Units 112 224
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 HBM2
Bus Width 192-bit 2048-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 14 nm
Transistors 13250 million 12500 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3060

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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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