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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 has a clock speed of 1552 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 8 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1120 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 2304 SPUs, 144 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
Radeon RX 480 4GB 150 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB will be quite a bit (approximately 30%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 161280 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 37120 (30%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3050 is superior to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13824 (39%)

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 480 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 June 2016
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Polaris 10
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2304
Texture Mapping Units 80 144
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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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Radeon RX 480 4GB

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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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