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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1552 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 680, which comes with a clock frequency of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 3050 should in theory perform a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 680 overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 37120 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be just a bit (about 4%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3050. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4608 (4%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 will be much (approximately 54%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Geforce GTX 680, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17472 (54%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce RTX 3050 Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 2022 March 2012
Code Name Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1 GK104
Memory 8192 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1552 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 124160 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 49664 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 1536
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 28 nm
Transistors 12000 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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