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GeForce GTX 1050 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 comes with a GPU core speed of 1354 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7970, which features a GPU core clock speed of 925 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1375 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, 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

Radeon HD 7970 8225 points
GeForce GTX 1050 6657 points
Difference: 1568 (24%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 75 Watts
Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Difference: 175 Watts (233%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7970 should perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 149312 (130%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 should be quite a bit (approximately 119%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 64240 (119%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 should be much (more or less 46%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7970, and also capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 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 7970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2016 January 2012
Code Name GP107-300 Tahiti XT
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1354 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 2048
Texture Mapping Units 40 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 384-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 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock 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 fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050

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Radeon HD 7970

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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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