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GeForce GTX 1050 vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 features core clock speeds of 1354 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 970M, which has a core clock frequency of 924 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 48 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 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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1050 is 19% faster than the GeForce GTX 970M overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 (about 36%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970M is a better choice, though only just barely. (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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GeForce GTX 970M

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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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