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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB features a GPU clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1392 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 96-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is made up of 768 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, 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

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, in theory, should be quite a bit 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 should be much (more or less 183%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (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

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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.

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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum 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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