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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 features a clock speed of 1552 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 8 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1650 MHz on this specific card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 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 speaking, the GeForce RTX 3050 will be 9% faster than the Radeon RX 470 4GB overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 should be a small bit (about 5%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 is much (approximately 68%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon RX 470 4GB, and capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output 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 ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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