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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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The GeForce GTS 250 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1100 MHz on this particular card. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, which uses a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1392 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 768 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 145 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (93%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is 22% faster than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 15616 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be quite a bit (more or less 41%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19584 (41%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be quite a bit (more or less 183%) better at AA than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 21600 (183%)

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 GTS 250 512MB GeForce GTX 1050 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 3, 2009 May 2018
Code Name G92a/b GP107
Memory 512 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 1392 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 86016 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 66816 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 33408 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 768
Texture Mapping Units 64 48
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 96-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 754 million 3300 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 lots of 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 GTS 250 512MB

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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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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