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GeForce GTX 1050 vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a GPU core clock speed of 1354 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 460, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1090 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 896 Stream Processors, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1050 6740 points
Radeon RX 460 5600 points
Difference: 1140 (20%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1050 should in theory perform just a bit faster than the Radeon RX 460 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 2688 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 is a small bit (approximately 13%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6880 (13%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 25888 (148%)

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 GTX 1050 Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2016 August 2016
Code Name GP107-300 Polaris 11
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1354 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3300 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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