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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 260X, which comes with core speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R7 260X should in theory be much better than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 17984 (21%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be a little bit (approximately 8%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R7 260X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5216 (8%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15808 (90%)

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 R7 260X

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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 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 October 2013
Code Name GP107 Bonaire XTX
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 896
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 2080 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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Radeon R7 260X

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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