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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB features a GPU clock speed of 1392 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 96-bit bus. It also features 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 650, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Difference: 11 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should theoretically be a small bit superior to the GeForce GTX 650 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 6016 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a lot (approximately 97%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32960 (97%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16480 (97%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1050 3GB GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2018 September 2012
Code Name GP107 GK107
Memory 3072 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 64 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 384
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 1300 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted 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 bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the 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 clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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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GeForce GTX 650

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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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