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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon RX 580

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB comes with 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 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 580, which has a core clock speed of 1257 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Radeon RX 580 185 Watts
Difference: 110 Watts (147%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 580 should in theory perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 580 262144 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 176128 (205%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 580 should be a lot (about 171%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 580 181008 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 114192 (171%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 580 should be a small bit (approximately 20%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon RX 580 40224 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6816 (20%)

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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Radeon RX 580

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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 580
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 April 2017
Code Name GP107 Polaris 20
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 1257 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 185 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 181008 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 40224 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 2304
Texture Mapping Units 48 144
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3300 million 5700 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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR 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 better 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 580

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.

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