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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 980M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB features clock speeds of 1392 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 980M, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1038 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 980M should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 41984 (49%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M should be much (approximately 49%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32832 (49%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 33024 (99%)

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 980M

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 980M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2018 October 7 2014
Code Name GP107 GM204
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 1038 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 99648 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 66432 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 1536
Texture Mapping Units 48 96
Render Output Units 24 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 256-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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - 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

GeForce GTX 980M

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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