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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 580

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1552 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 2560 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 580, which features GPU clock speed of 1257 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, 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 580 185 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 580 is 14% faster than the GeForce RTX 3050 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 580 262144 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 580 is a lot (more or less 46%) more effective at AF than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

Radeon RX 580 181008 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56848 (46%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3050 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 580 40224 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9440 (23%)

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 580
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 April 2017
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Polaris 20
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 1257 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 185 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 181008 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 40224 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 14 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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 are applied in one 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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