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GeForce GTX 1050 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 comes with clock speeds of 1354 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which comes with a clock frequency of 1175 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 7000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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 memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 should be a lot (more or less 39%) more effective at 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

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 is superior to the Radeon RX 560, by a large margin. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max 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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