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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1552 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 2560 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 590, which comes with GPU core speed of 1469 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2304 Stream Processors, 144 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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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

The Radeon RX 590, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce RTX 3050 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 is quite a bit (more or less 70%) better at texture filtering 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 is a small bit (more or less 6%) better at FSAA than the Radeon RX 590, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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 590

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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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