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GeForce GTX 1050 vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 has 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 all of that to the GeForce GTX 960, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1127 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1024 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 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 960 7627 points
GeForce GTX 1050 6657 points
Difference: 970 (15%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1050 should in theory be a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 960 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 2688 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 will be quite a bit (about 33%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1050. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17968 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 is superior to the GeForce GTX 960, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7264 (20%)

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 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2016 January 2015
Code Name GP107-300 GM206
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1354 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 1024
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 2940 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050

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GeForce GTX 960

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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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