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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB makes use of a 14 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1392 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 768 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 550, which features GPU core speed of 1100 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 512 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation 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, the Radeon RX 550 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB in general. (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%) better 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a better choice, and very much so. (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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially 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 3GB

Amazon.com

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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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