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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB features a core clock speed of 1392 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also features a 96-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 970M, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 924 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 970M should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 96000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 9984 (12%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M is a little bit (approximately 11%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 73920 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7104 (11%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970M is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 44352 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10944 (33%)

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 GeForce GTX 970M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2018 October 7 2014
Code Name GP107 GM204
Memory 3072 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 924 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 73920 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 44352 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 1280
Texture Mapping Units 48 80
Render Output Units 24 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 192-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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out 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 graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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GeForce GTX 970M

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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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