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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB has a core clock speed of 1392 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 96-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 550, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 550 is 33% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 28672 (33%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is quite a bit (about 90%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31616 (90%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a lot (more or less 90%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon RX 550, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15808 (90%)

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 3GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1050 3GB Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 April 2017
Code Name GP107 Polaris 12
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 512
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-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 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon RX 550”
Bluegap says:

No Radeon RX 560 data?

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