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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon R9 280

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 comes with a core clock speed of 1552 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 8 nm design. It features 2560 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 280, which features GPU core speed of 933 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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 should be a little bit faster than the GeForce RTX 3050 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 is a small bit (about 19%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 280. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3050 is a better choice, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3050

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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