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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon HD 3850 256MB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB features a GPU core speed of 1392 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 96-bit bus. It also is comprised of 768 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 3850 256MB, which has a clock frequency of 668 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 828 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should in theory be a lot better than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB in general. (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 should be quite a bit (about 525%) better at AF 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

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be a lot (about 213%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

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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 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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Radeon HD 3850 256MB

Amazon.com

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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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