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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 has clock speeds of 1552 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5500, which features GPU clock speed of 1670 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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 have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 should be a small bit (approximately 18%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 is a better choice, though not by far. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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