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GeForce GTX 1050 vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 uses a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1354 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 970M, which has GPU core speed of 924 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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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 970M 7520 points
GeForce GTX 1050 6657 points
Difference: 863 (13%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1050, in theory, should be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 970M overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 18688 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M is a lot (more or less 36%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 73920 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19760 (36%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M will be just a bit (about 2%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 1050, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 44352 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1024 (2%)

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

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 970M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2016 October 7 2014
Code Name GP107-300 GM204
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1354 MHz 924 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 73920 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 44352 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 1280
Texture Mapping Units 40 80
Render Output Units 32 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050

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GeForce GTX 970M

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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.

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