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GeForce GTX 1080 vs GeForce GTX 950

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1080 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1607 MHz. The GDDR5X RAM runs at a frequency of 1251 MHz on this card. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 160 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 950, which features core speeds of 1024 MHz on the GPU, and 1652 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950 90 Watts
GeForce GTX 1080 180 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 1080 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 950 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 327680 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950 105728 MB/sec
Difference: 221952 (210%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 will be much (approximately 423%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 950. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 257120 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 950 49152 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 207968 (423%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 will be a lot (about 214%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 950, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 102848 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 950 32768 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 70080 (214%)

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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GeForce GTX 1080

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 950

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1080 GeForce GTX 950
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2016 August 2015
Code Name GP104-400 GM206
Memory 8192 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1607 MHz 1024 MHz
Memory Speed 10008 MHz 6608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 180 watts 90 watts
Bandwidth 327680 MB/sec 105728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 257120 Mtexels/sec 49152 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 102848 Mpixels/sec 32768 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 768
Texture Mapping Units 160 48
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5X GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7200 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 ×16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one 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 in a second.

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

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 1080 vs GeForce GTX 950”
kyaw moe khine says:

Dear sir,
Could you please advise me that GeForce GTX 1080 graphic card is more appropriate or not for Pix4D software.

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