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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 comes with core clock speeds of 1552 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 2560 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which has GPU core speed of 1717 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT is much (approximately 22%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26936 (22%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT is a bit (approximately 11%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce RTX 3050, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5280 (11%)

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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GeForce RTX 3050

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Radeon RX 5500 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce RTX 3050 Radeon RX 5500 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 December 2019
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 1750 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 54944 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 1408
Texture Mapping Units 80 88
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 7 nm
Transistors 12000 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. 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 ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

Amazon.com

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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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