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

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB has a clock frequency of 1392 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 96-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 768 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 250X 2GB, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this specific card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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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 is 19% faster than the Radeon R7 250X 2GB overall, due to its higher data rate. (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 will be a lot (about 67%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is much (approximately 109%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon R7 250X 2GB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of 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 colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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