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GeForce GTX 1050 vs GeForce GTX 260

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 features a GPU core speed of 1354 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 260, which makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 999 MHz on this model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1050 should in theory be just a bit superior to 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 (about 47%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 should be a lot (about 169%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 260, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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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GeForce GTX 1050

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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially 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 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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