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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 480

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 features core speeds of 1552 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 480, which features a clock frequency of 1120 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is made up of 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, 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 480 150 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 480 should be 14% quicker than the GeForce RTX 3050 in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 262144 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 is a lot (about 30%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 will be much (more or less 39%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 480, and will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 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
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 June 2016
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Polaris 10
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 262144 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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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

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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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