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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon HD 3850 256MB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB makes use of a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1392 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 768 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 3850 256MB, which features core speeds of 668 MHz on the GPU, and 828 MHz on the 256 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is 62% faster than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 33024 (62%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be much (approximately 525%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56128 (525%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22720 (213%)

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 GTX 1050 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 3850 256MB

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 GTX 1050 3GB Radeon HD 3850 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GP107 RV670 PRO
Memory 3072 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 10688 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 16
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 96-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 55 nm
Transistors 3300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 3850 256MB

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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