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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 460 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB makes use of a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1392 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 1GB, which has a core clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 160 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (113%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 460 1GB should be 34% quicker than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 29184 (34%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is much (more or less 77%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29016 (77%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11808 (55%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1050 3GB GeForce GTX 460 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2018 July 2010
Code Name GP107 GF104
Memory 3072 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 336
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3300 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.1

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 one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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