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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 860M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB comes with a clock frequency of 1392 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also features a 96-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 768 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 860M, which features clock speeds of 797 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1152 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 860M 45 Watts
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, in theory, should be much faster than the GeForce GTX 860M in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 860M 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 22016 (34%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be a little bit (more or less 15%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 76512 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9696 (15%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing 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
GeForce GTX 860M 12752 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20656 (162%)

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

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 860M

Amazon.com

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 GeForce GTX 860M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2018 March 12 2014
Code Name GP107 GM107
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 797 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 45 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 76512 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 12752 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 1152
Texture Mapping Units 48 96
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 860M

Amazon.com

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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