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GeForce GTX 1050 vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 comes with a core clock frequency of 1354 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 550, which features core clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 512 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1050 6657 points
Radeon RX 550 3507 points
Difference: 3150 (90%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 1050 75 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 should be much (more or less 54%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18960 (54%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 is a lot (about 146%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 550, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 25728 (146%)

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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Radeon RX 550

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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 Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2016 April 2017
Code Name GP107-300 Polaris 12
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1354 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 512
Texture Mapping Units 40 32
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3300 million 2200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel 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 ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 550

Amazon.com

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 1050 vs Radeon RX 550”
Bluegap says:

No Radeon RX 560 data?

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