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GeForce GTX 1050 vs GeForce GTX 280

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 comes with core clock speeds of 1354 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 280, which has a clock speed of 602 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1107 MHz. It also uses a 512-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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 be much faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 should be just a bit (more or less 12%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 is the winner, and very much so. (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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GeForce GTX 280

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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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to 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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