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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 features clock speeds of 1552 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2560 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which has a clock frequency of 926 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1650 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 120 Watts
GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce RTX 3050 should be just a bit faster than the Radeon RX 470 4GB overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 18176 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 will be a small bit (more or less 5%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon RX 470 4GB. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5632 (5%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 should be a lot (approximately 68%) more effective at AA than the Radeon RX 470 4GB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 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 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 August 2016
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Polaris 10
Memory 8192 MB 4096 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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can 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 the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - 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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