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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon R9 280

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1552 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 280, which has GPU clock speed of 933 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 1792 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
Radeon R9 280 250 Watts
Difference: 120 Watts (92%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 280 is 5% quicker than the GeForce RTX 3050 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 280 240000 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 10624 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 will be a small bit (more or less 19%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R9 280. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280 104496 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19664 (19%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 is a lot (more or less 66%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon R9 280, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280 29856 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19808 (66%)

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 R9 280
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 March 2014
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Tahiti Pro
Memory 8192 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 933 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 104496 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 29856 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 28 nm
Transistors 12000 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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