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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 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 460, which comes with a clock speed of 1090 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It features 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1050 will be 2% faster than the Radeon RX 460 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 is a bit (approximately 13%) better at AF 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 is the winner, 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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1050

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 460

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 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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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