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GeForce GTX 980 vs GeForce RTX 3050

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce RTX 3050, which uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1552 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 2560 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units 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 980 165 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce RTX 3050 should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 980 overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 5376 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 is a small bit (about 16%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19968 (16%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22400 (45%)

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 980 GeForce RTX 3050
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2014 January 2022
Code Name GM204-400 Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 1552 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 49664 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2560
Texture Mapping Units 128 80
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 8 nm
Transistors 5200 million 12000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs 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 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 get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

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