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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Radeon HD 7870 XT

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 has a GPU clock speed of 1552 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 2560 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7870 XT, which comes with a core clock speed of 925 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 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 HD 7870 XT 185 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce RTX 3050 should in theory be a bit better than the Radeon HD 7870 XT overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 37376 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 is a lot (approximately 40%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7870 XT. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 88800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35360 (40%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3050 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20064 (68%)

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 HD 7870 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2022 November 2012
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 Tahiti LE
Memory 8192 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 185 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 88800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 1536
Texture Mapping Units 80 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-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 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can 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 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably 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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