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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon R7 250X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB makes use of a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1392 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 768 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 250X, which comes with a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 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 95 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be 19% quicker than the Radeon R7 250X overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be quite a bit (approximately 67%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 250X. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be much (about 109%) better at AA than the Radeon R7 250X, and also capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 250X 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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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
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 February 2014
Code Name GP107 Cape Verde XT
Memory 3072 MB 1024 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory 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

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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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