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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 128% 40%
Red Dead Redemption 2 66% 2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 66% 2%
Doom Eternal 43% 12%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 128% 40%
Grand Theft Auto VI 153% 56%
Planet Zoo 78% 10%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 94% 96%
Need For Speed Heat 66% 2%
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem 7% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a 252 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 970, but the GTX 970 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 1050. As a result, the GTX 970 exhibits a 60.4 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 252 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 970, but the GTX 970 has 24 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 1050. As a result, the GTX 970 exhibits a 18.4 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 970, 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 970.

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 970 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. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 970 has 112.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1050, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is massively better than the GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 is 1257 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2788. The GTX 970 having 1531 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 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 970. This means that the GeForce GTX 1050 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 1050 requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 148 Watts. 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 GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 73 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1050 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 970 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 MHzvs1102 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHzvs1241 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
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 green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
8.1
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
5.8
vs green tick
7.5
3840x2160
4.3
vs green tick
5.7

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1664
Actual Shader Performance60%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs104
Texture Rate54.2 GTexel/svs114.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs56
Pixel Rate43.3 GPixel/svs61.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 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 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 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by MSI. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1102MHz, instead of 1051MHz. The Boost Clock is now of 1241MHz, instead of 1178MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock still runs at 1753MHz and the Frame Buffer is still 4GB. This is adequate for the GPU.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Armor 2X Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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