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GeForce RTX 3050 vs GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 has core speeds of 1552 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB, which uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1260 MHz. The GDDR6X RAM works at a speed of 1188 MHz on this particular model. It features 8960 SPUs as well as 280 Texture Address Units and 112 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB 350 Watts
Difference: 220 Watts (169%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce RTX 3050 in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB 934298 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 704922 (307%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB is much (approximately 184%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB 352800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 228640 (184%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB should be a lot (more or less 184%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce RTX 3050, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB 141120 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 91456 (184%)

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 3050 GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 2022 January 2022
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 GA102-220-A1
Memory 8192 MB 12288 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 1260 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 1188 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 350 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 934298 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 352800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 141120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 8960
Texture Mapping Units 80 280
Render Output Units 32 112
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6X
Bus Width 128-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 8 nm
Transistors 12000 million 28300 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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