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GeForce GTX 1050 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 uses a 14 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1354 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which has GPU core speed of 1175 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 7000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 75 Watts
Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 will be a lot (approximately 39%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21040 (39%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 should be quite a bit (more or less 130%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 560, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24528 (130%)

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

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Radeon RX 560

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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 Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2016 May 2017
Code Name GP107-300 Baffin
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1354 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 114688 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 54160 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 43328 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 1024
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3300 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video 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 colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant 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 maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050

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Radeon RX 560

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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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