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GeForce GTX 1050 vs Radeon HD 5970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 makes use of a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1354 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5970, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1600 SPUs as well as 160 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 75 Watts
Radeon HD 5970 294 Watts
Difference: 219 Watts (292%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5970 should in theory be much faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 256000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 141312 (123%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 should be quite a bit (more or less 328%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 232000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 177840 (328%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 will be quite a bit (more or less 114%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 1050, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 92800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 49472 (114%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1050

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Radeon HD 5970

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1050 Radeon HD 5970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2016 November 2009
Code Name GP107-300 Hemlock XT
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1354 MHz 725 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 294 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 256000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 232000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 92800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 1600 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 40 160 (x2)
Render Output Units 32 64 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 14 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3300 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050

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Radeon HD 5970

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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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