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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Cyberpunk 2077 75% 10%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 60% 0%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 55% 3%
FIFA 21 12% 45%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 55% 3%
Watch Dogs Legion 69% 6%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 151% 57%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 66% 4%
Grand Theft Auto VI 147% 54%
Genshin Impact 75% 10%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB.

The GTX 1060 has a 152 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 1050. This results in the GTX 1060 providing 54.2 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 GTX 1060 has a 152 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 1050. This results in the GTX 1060 providing 29 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 GTX 1060 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 1050, and so the GTX 1060 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 GTX 1060 has 1024 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 GTX 1060 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 1060 has 80.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 1050, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1060 is much better than the GTX 1050.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has 1152. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1050 is 1257 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 1060 is 1969. The GTX 1060 having 712 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1060 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 1050.

The GTX 1050 transistor size technology is 2 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 1060. This means that the GTX 1050 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 1060.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GTX 1050 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 1060. The GTX 1060 requires 45 Watts more than the GTX 1050 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 1060 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1050.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 17.5 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

17.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 36 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

36 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 18.7 FPS on Control

Control

18.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 38.5 FPS on Control

Control

38.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 23.5 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

23.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 39.2 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

39.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 31.3 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

31.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 52.3 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

52.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 38.4 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

38.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 79.2 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

79.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 45 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

45 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 75.1 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

75.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 7 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 14.4 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

14.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 7.1 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

7.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 11.9 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

11.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 13.1 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

13.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 27 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

27 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Inno3D 2GB gets 16.6 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

16.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB gets 27.8 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

27.8 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1354 MHzvs1506 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHzvs1709 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107Pascal P106-300-A1
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date30 Nov -0001vs18 Aug 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
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
5.6

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs2002 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs192.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1152
Actual Shader Performance60%vs95%
Technology14nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs72
Texture Rate54.2 GTexel/svs108.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs48
Pixel Rate43.3 GPixel/svs72.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs7680x4320
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/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The latest GeForce GTX 1050 Inno 3D edition is a small form factor 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. it features Inno3D's iChill cooling system.

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
This card 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 Inno3D edition 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 1060 3GB is currently the entry level Nvidia GTX 1000 performance graphics card, based on the Pascal Architecture. It comes with locked memory of 3GB instead of the full 6GB.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-300-A1 which is a first gen Pascal GPU and has 9 SM activated, offering 1152 Shader Processing Units (the GTX 1060 6GB version offers 1280 SPU), 72 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1506MHz and goes up to 1708MHz, when Boost mode is activated.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

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

Performance
The Geforce GTX 1060 3GB is capable of playing most modern game system requirements at high graphics settings. The 3GB version is normally around 5% worse than the GTX 1060 6GB full fat version in terms of sheer processing power. But its the 3GB memory reduction that will hamper the high quality game textures this card can deliver, making it less future proof as more GPU memory hungry games are released.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants
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