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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1552 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 470, which comes with core clock speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce RTX 3050 is 9% quicker than the Radeon RX 470 overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 18176 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 should be a small bit (about 5%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon RX 470. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5632 (5%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 will be a lot (more or less 68%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 470, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20032 (68%)

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 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 August 2016
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Polaris 10
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2048
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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