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GeForce GTX 1070 vs GeForce RTX 3050

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 features a GPU clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1920 Stream Processors, 120 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce RTX 3050, which uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1552 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1070 should in theory be just a bit better than the GeForce RTX 3050 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 should be a lot (approximately 46%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56560 (46%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 should be much (more or less 94%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce RTX 3050, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 46720 (94%)

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 GTX 1070 GeForce RTX 3050
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2016 January 2022
Code Name GP104-200 Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1552 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 49664 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2560
Texture Mapping Units 120 80
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 8 nm
Transistors 7200 million 12000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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