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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB uses a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1392 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 250, which features core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1150 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 250 65 Watts
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should in theory be a small bit superior to the Radeon R7 250 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Radeon R7 250 73600 MB/sec
Difference: 12416 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be much (more or less 178%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R7 250. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 250 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 42816 (178%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be quite a bit (approximately 318%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 250, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 250 8000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 25408 (318%)

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 250

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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 250
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 October 2013
Code Name GP107 Oland XT
Memory 3072 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 384
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 24 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 1040 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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output 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

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Radeon R7 250

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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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