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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 960 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 128% 123%
eFootball PES 2020 2% 0%
Grand Theft Auto VI 153% 148%
Borderlands 3 75% 71%
Metro: Exodus 153% 148%
Doom Eternal 43% 39%
The Division 2 153% 148%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 128% 123%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 134% 129%
FIFA 20 1% 2%

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

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a 227 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 17.9 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 227 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 7.2 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 2GB 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 2GB has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 is 1257 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1628. The GTX 960 having 371 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. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce GTX 1050 should consume less power than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 1050 requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB 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.

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Battlefield V

39 FPS

Battlefield V

46 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

40 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

34.1 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

33 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

33.7 FPS

The Witcher III

41.9 FPS

The Witcher III

42.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 49.5 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

49.5 FPS

Crysis 3

50.6 FPS

Just Cause 4

34.7 FPS

Just Cause 4

32 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

30.1 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

30.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

30.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

31.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

40.6 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

41.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

52.3 FPS

Battlefield 1

53.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

38.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

39.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

32.9 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

33.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

23.4 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

23.9 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

32.7 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

33.4 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

38.9 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

39.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

38.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

39.7 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

93.7 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

95.9 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

23.9 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

24.5 FPS

Metro: Exodus

27.2 FPS

Metro: Exodus

27.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 43.4 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

43.4 FPS

Far Cry 5

44.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

52.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

54 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

25 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

25.6 FPS

The Division 2

30.9 FPS

The Division 2

31.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

41.8 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

42.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

23.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

24.5 FPS

The Witcher III

26.8 FPS

The Witcher III

27.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

17.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

17.5 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

47.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

48.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

40 FPS

Battlefield 1

40.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

17.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

17.5 FPS

Far Cry 5

41 FPS

Far Cry 5

42 FPS

The Division 2

32.7 FPS

The Division 2

33.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

21.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

21.6 FPS

Battlefield V

24.1 FPS

Battlefield V

24.6 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

13 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

17.8 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

12.2 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

12.5 FPS

The Witcher III

18.4 FPS

The Witcher III

18.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 15.5 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

15.5 FPS

Crysis 3

15.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

12 FPS

Just Cause 4

12.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

13.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

13.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

18.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

18.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

12.2 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

12.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

24.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

25.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

14.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

14.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

15.2 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

15.5 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

10.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

11.1 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

15.4 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

15.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

13.4 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

13.7 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

14.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

15.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

24.5 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

25.1 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

11.4 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

11.7 FPS

Metro: Exodus

9.9 FPS

Metro: Exodus

10.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 gets 14.6 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

14.6 FPS

Far Cry 5

14.9 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

18.3 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

18.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

8.3 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

8.5 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

22.7 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

23.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

11.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

12 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1354 MHzvs1127 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential None vs Good
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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1600x900
10
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8.1
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2560x1440
5.8
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3840x2160
4.3
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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%vs78%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs64
Texture Rate54.2 GTexel/svs72.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate43.3 GPixel/svs36.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Ampsvs400 Watts & 27 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 2GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression 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.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GM206-300-A1 which has 8 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is initially clocked at 1127MHz and goes up to 1158MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
At 1920x1080, the best suited resolution for GeForce GTX 960, benchmarks indicate its performance is a little over the older GeForce GTX 670.
Therefore, GeForce GTX 770 and even Radeon R9 280X are still faster, though less energy efficient.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 960 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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 i7-3770S 4-Core 3.1GHz
Intel Core i5-7600 3.5GHz
AMD FX-9370
Intel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1060
Radeon RX 480 8GB
Radeon R9 390X
GeForce GTX 690
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GPU Variants-GeForce GTX 960 MSI 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 PNY 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 1X 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 1X 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit JetStream 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Point of View AMMO OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Tiger OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax Gamer OC Mini Black 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA Superclocked 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax EXOC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 100ME 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Mini OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit JetStream 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! v2 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Turbo OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax EXOC White 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax KFA2 EXOC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax KFA2 EXOC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Turbo OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit Super JetStream 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom GLH 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition

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