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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 260

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB comes with a GPU core 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 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 260, which features a clock speed of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also uses a 448-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 28 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 107 Watts (143%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 260 should theoretically perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 25872 (30%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be a lot (approximately 81%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29952 (81%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17280 (107%)

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 260
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2018 June 16, 2008
Code Name GP107 G200
Memory 3072 MB 896 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 1998 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 182 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 111888 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 36864 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 16128 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 192
Texture Mapping Units 48 64
Render Output Units 24 28
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 96-bit 448-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 65 nm
Transistors 3300 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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GeForce GTX 260

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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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