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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon R9 270

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB comes with a clock speed of 1392 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of 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 all of that to the Radeon R9 270, which features clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1400 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Radeon R9 270 150 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R9 270 should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 270 179200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 93184 (108%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 270 is a little bit (approximately 8%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 270 72000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5184 (8%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is superior to the Radeon R9 270, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 270 28800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4608 (16%)

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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Radeon R9 270

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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 R9 270
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 November 2013
Code Name GP107 Curacao Pro
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 72000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 1280
Texture Mapping Units 48 80
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 2800 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably 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

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Radeon R9 270

Amazon.com

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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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