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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon RX 480

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 features a clock frequency of 1552 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed 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 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 480, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific card. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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

The Radeon RX 480, in theory, should perform a bit faster than the GeForce RTX 3050 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

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

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3050 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 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 applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum 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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