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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB features core speeds of 1392 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 550, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 550 should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be a lot (about 90%) more effective at texture 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 will be much (about 90%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 550, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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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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 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to 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:

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