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GeForce RTX 3050 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3050 comes with core clock speeds of 1552 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 680, which features GPU core speed of 1006 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce RTX 3050 will be 19% quicker than the Geforce GTX 680 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be a small bit (approximately 4%) better at AF 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 should be a lot (approximately 54%) faster with regards to AA than the Geforce GTX 680, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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.

Price Comparison

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock 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 output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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