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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB features a core clock frequency of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1392 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1750 MHz through a 96-bit bus. It also is made up of 768 SPUs, 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

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should perform much faster than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB in general. (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 a lot (more or less 41%) better 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 is much (about 183%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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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GeForce GTS 250 512MB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 512MB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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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