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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 frequency at 1392 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 250X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1125 MHz on this 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 95 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should theoretically be a bit better than the Radeon R7 250X in general. (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%) faster with regards to 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 quite a bit (more or less 109%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 250X, and will be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 250X

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 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 250X

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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