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Game GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 960M 4GB

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 4GB.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a 325 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 960M. This results in the GeForce GTX 1050 providing 13 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 325 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960M. This results in the GeForce GTX 1050 providing 26.8 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 960M, 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 960M.

The GTX 960M has 2048 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 1050, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GeForce GTX 1050 has superior memory performance.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has 31.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960M, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 is noticeably better than the GTX 960M.

Both the GeForce GTX 1050 and the GeForce GTX 960M 4GB have 640 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GeForce GTX 1050 is 1257 and by the GTX 960M is 948. Knowing that the shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce GTX 1050 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 960M. This means that the GeForce GTX 1050 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 960M.

The GeForce GTX 1050 requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960M 4GB requires 50 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1050. The GeForce GTX 1050 requires 25 Watts more than the GTX 960M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce GTX 1050 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 960M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1354 MHzvs1029 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHzvs1097 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107Maxwell GM107-N16P-GX-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs12 Mar 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1253 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs80.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs640
Actual Shader Performance60%vs46%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs40
Texture Rate54.2 GTexel/svs41.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate43.3 GPixel/svs16.5 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs50 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnoyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

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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 960M 4GB is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the first variant of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The first variant of the Maxwell Architecture succeeds the Kepler Architecture. Despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, it has an extremely large L2 Cache which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM107-N16P-GX-A1 which has 5 SM activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1029MHz and goes up to 1097MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1253MHz. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU.

Features
DirectX 12 Support (11.2 Hardware Default) and support for GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 50W, it may be equipped in average sized notebooks.

Performance
GeForce GTX 960M 4GB is essentially a higher-clocked GeForce GTX 860M 4GB. Because of that, it is only slightly faster than its predecessor.
Its performance is almost identical to the desktop GeForce GTX 750 Ti and so all modern demanding games are expected to run fluently at 1920x1080, but not at the highest settings.

System Suggestions
We recommend a strong processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for a notebook with GeForce GTX 960M 4GB.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i3-7100 2-Core 3.9GHz
AMD Athlon X4 880K
AMD APU A10-7890K Quad-Core
Intel Core i5-4570T 2.9GHz
Intel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz
Intel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-4600M 2-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-4578U 2-Core 3.0GHz
Intel Core i5-4210H 2.9GHz
Intel Core i5-4330M 2.8GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1060
Radeon RX 480 8GB
Radeon R9 390X
GeForce GTX 690
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