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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI
Red Dead Redemption 2 66% 38%
Doom Eternal 43% 46%
Cyberpunk 2077 128% 14%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 66% 38%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2% 61%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 128% 14%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 128% 14%
Grand Theft Auto VI 153% 5%
Need For Speed Heat 66% 38%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 94% 98%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a 138 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 216 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 1050. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 257.1 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 138 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 96 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 1050. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 112.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 1050. 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 980, 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 980.

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 GTX 980 has 6144 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 GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 336.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1050, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 is 1257 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 7282. The GTX 980 having 6025 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 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 GTX 980. This means that the GeForce GTX 1050 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 1050 requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1050 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 265 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1050 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 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 MHzvs1216 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHzvs1317 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

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

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs4096
Actual Shader Performance60%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs256
Texture Rate54.2 GTexel/svs311.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs128
Pixel Rate43.3 GPixel/svs155.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs340 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs2560x1440

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 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1216MHz and goes up to 1317MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
Each GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 330W and 360W.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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