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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon R7 250X 2GB

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 250X 2GB, which features a clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Radeon R7 250X 2GB 95 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should perform a bit faster than the Radeon R7 250X 2GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Radeon R7 250X 2GB 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 14016 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a lot (about 67%) better at AF than the Radeon R7 250X 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 250X 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26816 (67%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 250X 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17408 (109%)

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 R7 250X 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 February 2014
Code Name GP107 Cape Verde XT
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 16000 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 1500 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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Radeon R7 250X 2GB

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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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