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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, which uses a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1392 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (93%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be 22% faster than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 15616 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is quite a bit (more or less 41%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19584 (41%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 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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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 1GB GeForce GTX 1050 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 3, 2009 May 2018
Code Name G92a/b GP107
Memory 1024 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 information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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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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