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GeForce GTX 970 vs GeForce RTX 3050

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 comes with clock speeds of 1050 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1664 SPUs along with 104 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce RTX 3050, which has core clock speeds of 1552 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 2560 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce RTX 3050 will be 2% quicker than the GeForce GTX 970 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 5376 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 will be a small bit (more or less 14%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14960 (14%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17536 (35%)

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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GeForce GTX 970

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 970 GeForce RTX 3050
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2014 January 2022
Code Name GM204-200 Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 1552 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 49664 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1664 2560
Texture Mapping Units 104 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

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GeForce RTX 3050

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