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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB Radeon R9 280X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 66% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 52% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 47% 7%
Hitman 3 116% 36%
Grand Theft Auto VI 133% 47%
FIFA 21 16% 47%
Far Cry 6 140% 52%
Genshin Impact 66% 5%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 138% 50%
Watch Dogs Legion 60% 1%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB.

The GTX 1050 has a 567 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 216 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 1050. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 160.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the 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 GTX 1050 has a 567 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 1050. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 9.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 1050. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 280X was released over three years more recently than the GTX 1050, and so the R9 280X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 1050 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 R9 280X has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 1050, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 280X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 280X has 463.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 1050, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is massively better than the GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1050 is 1323. The R9 280X having 2773 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 280X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 1050.

The GTX 1050 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 280X. This means that the GTX 1050 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 280X.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB requires 75 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire requires 550 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GTX 1050 and a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 280X requires 475 Watts more than the GTX 1050 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1050.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 18.5 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

18.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 19.7 FPS on Control

Control

19.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 26 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

26 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 34.6 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

34.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 40.6 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

40.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 49.7 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

49.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 7.4 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

7.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 7.9 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

7.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 13.8 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

13.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte Windforce OC 2GB gets 18.4 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

18.4 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1417 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock1531 MHzvs1000 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107GCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date30 Nov -0001vs01 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
8.3
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
6
green tick vs -
3840x2160
4.4
green tick vs -

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs576GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs4096
Actual Shader Performance64%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs256
Texture Rate56.7 GTexel/svs217.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate45.3 GPixel/svs54.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections3vs0
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs550 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Ampsvs1000 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs11.2
Shader Model5vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The GeForce GTX 1050 Windforce OC 2GB edition by Gigabyte is a overclocked version of 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. This card features dual blade Windforce cooling, an overclocked core speed, a back plate and 2 extra HDMI ports.

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 1417MHz and goes up to 1531MHz with the Boost Clock in OC mode.

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, due to extra features this card requires a 6-pin power connector in order to function.

Performance
The GTX 1050 Windforce OC 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 53+ 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 Windforce OC 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.
Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 280X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 280X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 60% better than a single Radeon R9 280X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 280X. Expect this combination to draw up to 550 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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