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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 260

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB has 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 is made up of 768 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 260, which has a GPU core clock speed of 576 MHz, and 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, 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

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 260 should be quite a bit faster 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 is quite a bit (approximately 81%) more effective at anisotropic 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 will be quite a bit (approximately 107%) faster with regards to FSAA 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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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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential 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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