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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this model. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, which features GPU clock speed of 1392 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 96-bit bus. It also is comprised of 768 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall. (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 much (approximately 41%) faster with regards to texture 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is the winner, and very much so. (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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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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 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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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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