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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon R9 295X2

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 features a GPU core clock speed of 1320 MHz, and the (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 RAM is set to run at 1875 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 3584 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 295X2, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1018 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this particular card. It features 2816 SPUs along with 176 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Radeon R9 295X2 500 Watts
Difference: 330 Watts (194%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 295X2 should in theory be quite a bit faster than the GeForce RTX 3060 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 640000 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
Difference: 271360 (74%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 295X2 will be a lot (more or less 142%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 358336 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 210496 (142%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 295X2 is quite a bit (about 106%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce RTX 3060, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 130304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 66944 (106%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce RTX 3060

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Specifications

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Model GeForce RTX 3060 Radeon R9 295X2
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 April 2014
Code Name GA106 Vesuvius
Memory (Unknown) MB 4096 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1320 MHz 1018 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 1875 GB/s 5000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 500 watts
Bandwidth 368640 MB/sec 640000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 147840 Mtexels/sec 358336 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 130304 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2816 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 112 176 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 64 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 512-bit (x2)
Fab Process 8 nm 28 nm
Transistors 13250 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of 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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Radeon R9 295X2

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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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