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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 has a GPU core clock speed of 1552 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500, which has GPU clock speed of 1670 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 memory set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1408 Stream Processors, 88 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
Radeon RX 5500 150 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (15%)

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 is just a bit (approximately 18%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22800 (18%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 should be a little bit (approximately 8%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce RTX 3050, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3776 (8%)

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

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Specifications

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Model GeForce RTX 3050 Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 October 2019
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Navi 14 XT
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 1750 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 53440 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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Radeon RX 5500

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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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