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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 memory. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 560, which features clock speeds of 1175 MHz on the GPU, and 7000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator 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 bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 should be much (more or less 39%) better at AF 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 is a lot (more or less 130%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 560, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050

Amazon.com

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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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