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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 66% 72%
Cyberpunk 2077 128% 137%
Doom Eternal 43% 48%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2% 6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 66% 72%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 128% 137%
FIFA 20 12% 8%
Grand Theft Auto VI 153% 163%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 128% 137%
Need For Speed Heat 66% 72%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a 474 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7950, but the HD 7950 has 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 1050. As a result, the HD 7950 exhibits a 44.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 1050. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a 474 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 1050 providing 15.1 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 1050 was released over three years more recently than the HD 7950, and so the GeForce GTX 1050 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 7950 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The HD 7950 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 1050, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7950 has 127.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1050, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7950 is massively better than the GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 is 1257 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7950 is 1417. The HD 7950 having 160 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7950 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 7950. This means that the GeForce GTX 1050 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 7950.

The GeForce GTX 1050 requires 75 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1050 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7950. The HD 7950 has been recommended a PSU with 200 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1050. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7950 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 1050.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 17.2 FPS on Control

Control

17.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 17.5 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

17.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 19.4 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

19.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 31.3 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

31.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 39 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

39 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 40 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

40 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 14 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

14 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 7 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 7.1 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

7.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 13 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

13 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1354 MHzvs880 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHzvs930 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107GCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
green tick vs
9.8
1920x1080
8.1
green tick vs
7.9
2560x1440
5.8
vs green tick
5.9
3840x2160
4.3
vs green tick
4.4

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1792
Actual Shader Performance60%vs68%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs112
Texture Rate54.2 GTexel/svs98.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate43.3 GPixel/svs28.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The latest GeForce GTX 1050 is Nvidia's lower end graphics card, designed to compete against AMDs more affordable gaming cards, like the RX 460 or RX 470 and expected to replace the outgoing GTX 960.

Architecture
The Pascal Architecture aims for twice as much performance as the Maxwell Architecture and Introduces support for Second Gen HBM.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GP107-400 which has 5 SM activated and thus 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1354MHz and goes up to 1455MHz with the Boost Clock.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface, while the memory clock Operates at 3504MHz which is outstanding.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 75W, it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
The GTX 1050 will enable mid level graphics performance on modern AAA 2016 released games. Although there will be variations on this frame rate we expect this card to deliver around 50+ FPS on medium graphics settings at a 1080p screen resolution.
Comparatively, this card will have slightly faster performance than the GTX 960.

System Suggestions
The GeForce GTX 1050 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080, so our recommendation would be to use 1600x900 in order to get the most out of your settings. We recommend a high-end processor such as the i5-6500 and 8GB of RAM for optimal performance.
Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution and overclocking out of the box in the core-clock that was increase by 30MHz to 880MHz. Therefore, the Turbo Boost is now of 930MHz.
Expect a 1.5% performance boost when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
Recommended CPU
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GPU Variants
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