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GeForce GTX 1050 vs GeForce GTX 280

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a clock speed of 1354 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It features 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 280, which features clock speeds of 602 MHz on the GPU, and 1107 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 161 Watts (215%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 280 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 27008 (24%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 is a little bit (about 12%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6000 (12%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 should be quite a bit (more or less 125%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 280, and also able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24064 (125%)

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 280
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2016 June 17, 2008
Code Name GP107-300 G200
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1354 MHz 602 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 2214 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 236 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 141696 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 48160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 19264 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 240
Texture Mapping Units 40 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 65 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 maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce GTX 1050

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GeForce GTX 280

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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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