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GeForce GTX 1050 vs GeForce GTX 260

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 uses a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1354 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 260, which has GPU core speed of 576 MHz, and 896 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 SPUs, 64 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 260 182 Watts
Difference: 107 Watts (143%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1050 should theoretically be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 2800 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 will be quite a bit (approximately 47%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17296 (47%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 27200 (169%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 260
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2016 June 16, 2008
Code Name GP107-300 G200
Memory 2048 MB 896 MB
Core Speed 1354 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 1998 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 182 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 111888 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 36864 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 16128 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 192
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 32 28
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 448-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 data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the 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 260

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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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