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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 260

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 260, which features GPU clock speed of 576 MHz, and 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 Stream Processors, 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 260 should theoretically be much better than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be quite a bit (about 81%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is much (approximately 107%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTX 260, and able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum 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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