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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon R9 M280X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB features core clock speeds of 1392 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 768 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M280X, which features a clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1375 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M280X should theoretically be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M280X 88000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 1984 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be a lot (about 33%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M280X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M280X 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16416 (33%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a lot (about 132%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 M280X, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M280X 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19008 (132%)

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

Radeon R9 M280X

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 Radeon R9 M280X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 Feb 9 2015
Code Name GP107 Saturn XT
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 88000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 896
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
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 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially 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

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 M280X

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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