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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1552 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 2560 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 590, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1469 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2304 SPUs, 144 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 590 175 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 590 is 14% faster than the GeForce RTX 3050 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be a lot (more or less 70%) better at AF than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 87376 (70%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 will be a little bit (about 6%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 590, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2656 (6%)

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 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 November 2018
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Polaris 30
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2304
Texture Mapping Units 80 144
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 12 nm
Transistors 12000 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must 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 higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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Radeon RX 590

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