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GeForce GTX 1050 vs Radeon HD 7870 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 comes with a core clock frequency of 1354 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7870 XT, which features core clock speeds of 925 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 32 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 6657 points
Radeon HD 7870 XT 6390 points
Difference: 267 (4%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 75 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 XT 185 Watts
Difference: 110 Watts (147%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7870 XT is 67% quicker than the GeForce GTX 1050 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 192000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 77312 (67%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 XT will be a lot (approximately 64%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 88800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 34640 (64%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 will be quite a bit (about 46%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7870 XT, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13728 (46%)

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 Radeon HD 7870 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2016 November 2012
Code Name GP107-300 Tahiti LE
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1354 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 185 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 88800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 1536
Texture Mapping Units 40 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out 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 DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050

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Radeon HD 7870 XT

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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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