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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB has a core clock speed of 1392 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 96-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 260X, which has GPU core speed of 1100 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1625 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R7 260X, in theory, should be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 17984 (21%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be a little bit (more or less 8%) better at AF than the Radeon R7 260X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5216 (8%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is superior to the Radeon R7 260X, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15808 (90%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1050 3GB Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2018 October 2013
Code Name GP107 Bonaire XTX
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 896
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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Radeon R7 260X

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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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