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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1552 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which features a GPU core clock speed of 2200 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 memory running at 2250 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 107 Watts
GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
Difference: 23 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 3050 should theoretically be much faster than the Radeon RX 6500 XT in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Radeon RX 6500 XT 147456 MB/sec
Difference: 81920 (56%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6500 XT should be a little bit (approximately 13%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 140800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16640 (13%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 6500 XT is much (more or less 42%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce RTX 3050, and also capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 70400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20736 (42%)

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 Radeon RX 6500 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 January 2022
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Navi 24 XT
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 2200 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 2250 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 107 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 147456 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 70400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 1024
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 6 nm
Transistors 12000 million 5400 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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated 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 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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Radeon RX 6500 XT

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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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