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GeForce GTX 1070 vs GeForce RTX 3050

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 comes with a core clock speed of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It features 1920 SPUs, 120 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce RTX 3050, which features GPU core speed of 1552 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 Stream Processors, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1070 should theoretically be a little bit superior to 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 will be much (about 46%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 is superior to the GeForce RTX 3050, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially 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 GTX 1070

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