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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon R9 295X2

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 features a GPU core 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 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 295X2, which has a clock speed of 1018 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 512-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 2816 SPUs, 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

In theory, the Radeon R9 295X2 should be 74% faster than the GeForce RTX 3060 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 295X2 will be much (about 142%) better at 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 will be much (more or less 106%) more effective at AA than the GeForce RTX 3060, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to 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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