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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 comes with a clock frequency of 1552 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 8 nm design. It is comprised of 2560 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 470, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1650 MHz on this particular card. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs 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

In theory, the GeForce RTX 3050 should be 9% quicker than the Radeon RX 470 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (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 little 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3050 is a better choice, and very much so. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write 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 the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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Radeon RX 470

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