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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB features a clock frequency of 1392 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 96-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is made up of 768 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 460 should in theory perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 384 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be much (about 77%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29016 (77%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17208 (106%)

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

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 460

Amazon.com

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 GeForce GTX 460
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2018 July 2010
Code Name GP107 GF104
Memory 3072 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 16200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 336
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 24 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3300 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 460

Amazon.com

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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