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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has a 296 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 670, but the GTX 670 has 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 1050. As a result, the GTX 670 exhibits a 64.3 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 296 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 670 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 1050 providing 9.4 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 three years more recently than the GTX 670, and so the GeForce GTX 1050 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 670 when running the latest games.

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 670 DirectCU II Top 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 670 has 80.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1050, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 670 is much better than the GeForce GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition has 1344. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 is 1257 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 670 is 1528. The GTX 670 having 271 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 670 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 670. This means that the GeForce GTX 1050 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 670.

The GeForce GTX 1050 requires 75 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1050.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1354 MHzvs1058 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHzvs1137 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107Kepler GK104-325-A2
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1344
Actual Shader Performance60%vs74%
Texture Mapping Units40vs112
Texture Rate54.2 GTexel/svs118.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate43.3 GPixel/svs33.9 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
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.

The Pascal Architecture aims for twice as much performance as the Maxwell Architecture and Introduces support for Second Gen HBM.

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.

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.

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.
GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 670. See the standard version for more information about it.
The new features include increased core and memory clocks that went from 915MHz to 1058MHz and from 1500MHz to 1502MHz, respectively. The Turbo Boost was also increased to 1137MHz. A 20% more effective cooler is also included.
The performance boost is significant and around 8% when compared to the standard GTX 670.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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 i7-4785T 4-Core 2.2GHz
Intel Xeon E5-2407 v2
Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz
Intel Core i5-4670S 3.1GHz
Intel Xeon Processor W3670
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1060
Radeon RX 480 8GB
Radeon R9 390X
GeForce GTX 690
Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X Club3D royalQueen OC 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X XFX Double Dissipation 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Edition
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