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GeForce RTX 3050 vs GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 comes with a GPU clock speed of 1552 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM runs at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB, which comes with a clock speed of 1260 MHz and a GDDR6X memory speed of 1188 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 8 nm design. It features 8960 SPUs, 280 Texture Address Units, and 112 Raster Operation 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB should in theory be much superior to the GeForce RTX 3050 overall. (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 quite a bit (more or less 184%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 processed per 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 figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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