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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 75% 68%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 60% 54%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 55% 49%
FIFA 21 12% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 55% 49%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 151% 141%
Watch Dogs Legion 69% 62%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 43% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 147% 136%
Genshin Impact 75% 68%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a 177 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960, but the GTX 960 has 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 1050. As a result, the GTX 960 exhibits a 21.1 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 177 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 1050 providing 5.6 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 a year more recently than the GTX 960, and so the GeForce GTX 1050 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 960.

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 GeForce GTX 1050 and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 960 has 0.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1050, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 960 is marginally better than the GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 is 1257 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1714. The GTX 960 having 457 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 960 delivers a marginally 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 GTX 960. This means that the GeForce GTX 1050 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 1050 requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1050 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The GTX 960 requires 45 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1050 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 960 may have a slight 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 MHzvs1177 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHzvs1240 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
8.1
vs green tick
8.2
2560x1440
5.8
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6
3840x2160
4.3
vs green tick
4.4

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1024
Actual Shader Performance60%vs82%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs64
Texture Rate54.2 GTexel/svs75.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate43.3 GPixel/svs37.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
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.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Zotac.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1177MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1240MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Zotac's Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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