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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 has a core clock speed of 1552 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 8 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1717 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT will be a lot (approximately 22%) faster with regards to texture 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 XT is the winner, though only just barely. (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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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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many 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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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.

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