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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs GeForce RTX 3050

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB features a clock frequency of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also features a 384-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce RTX 3050, which comes with GPU core speed of 1552 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, 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 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 114 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce RTX 3050 should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 36992 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 will be quite a bit (approximately 151%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 74752 (151%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 is much (about 34%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12608 (34%)

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 GTX 580 3GB GeForce RTX 3050
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 January 2022
Code Name GF110 Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 1552 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 49664 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 2560
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 8 nm
Transistors 3000 million 12000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video 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 Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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