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GeForce GTX 1050 vs GeForce GTX 295

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 uses a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1354 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 295, which uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 999 MHz on this card. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 295 289 Watts
Difference: 214 Watts (285%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 295 should be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 295 223776 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 109088 (95%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 295 is quite a bit (approximately 70%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050. (explain)

GeForce GTX 295 92160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38000 (70%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 is quite a bit (about 34%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 295, and also able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 295 32256 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11072 (34%)

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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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 GeForce GTX 295
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2016 January 8, 2009
Code Name GP107-300 G200b
Memory 2048 MB 896 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1354 MHz 576 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 1998 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 289 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 223776 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 92160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 32256 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 240 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 40 80 (x2)
Render Output Units 32 28 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 448-bit (x2)
Fab Process 14 nm 55 nm
Transistors 3300 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050

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GeForce GTX 295

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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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