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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB uses a 14 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1392 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 768 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M270X, which has a core clock speed of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, in theory, should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon R9 M270X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 14016 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is quite a bit (more or less 130%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 M270X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 37816 (130%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be much (more or less 188%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon R9 M270X, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 21808 (188%)

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 R9 M270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 May 1 2014
Code Name GP107 Venus XT
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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Radeon R9 M270X

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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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