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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 660, which features core speeds of 980 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (87%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 660 should in theory be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 58176 (68%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be just a bit (more or less 17%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11584 (17%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be much (approximately 42%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9888 (42%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1050 3GB GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2018 September 2012
Code Name GP107 GK106
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 960
Texture Mapping Units 48 80
Render Output Units 24 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 2540 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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GeForce GTX 660

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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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