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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 460 2GB

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 has a GPU clock speed of 1552 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 Stream Processors, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which comes with a clock frequency of 1090 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 75 Watts
GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (73%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce RTX 3050 should perform much faster than the Radeon RX 460 2GB in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 117376 (105%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 is a lot (more or less 103%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 460 2GB. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 61040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 63120 (103%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 should be a lot (approximately 185%) better at AA than the Radeon RX 460 2GB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 32224 (185%)

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 460 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 August 2016
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Polaris 11
Memory 8192 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 896
Texture Mapping Units 80 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 14 nm
Transistors 12000 million 3000 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 data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably 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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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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