NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1290
  • Max video memory 2 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 7008
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2016
Performance 17.08

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 1050 sales 25 October 2016 at a recommended price of $109. This is Pascal architecture desktop card based on 14 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7.01 GHz are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 112 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 5.7" (14.5 cm). No additional power connector is required, and power consumption is at 75 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

17.08%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 1050's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating268
Value for money13.96
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)
GPU code nameN17P-G1
Market segmentDesktop
Release date25 October 2016 (5 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$109
Price now$306 (2.8x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1050's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1050's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores640of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores640
Core clock speed1290 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1392 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors3,300 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology14 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)75 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature97 °C
Texture fill rate58.20of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance1,862 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1050's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length5.7" (14.5 cm)
Height4.38" (11.1 cm)
Width2-slot
Recommended system power (PSU)300 Watt
Supplementary power connectorsNone
SLI options-
SLI-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1050: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed7008 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth112 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1050. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display ConnectorsDP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI
Multi monitor support+
HDMI+
HDCP2.2
G-SYNC support+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GameStream+
GPU Boost3.0
VR Ready+
Ansel+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.5of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 1050. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1050 17.08
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 1050 5081

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1050 32463

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 1050 8571

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1050 6122

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1050 40922

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1050 6797

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GTX 1050 18208

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 1050 349683

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1050 17103

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1050 16976

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1050 88

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1050. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 279 Mh/s  
Decred / DCR (Decred) 0.85 Gh/s  
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight) 0.3 kh/s  
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 143.76 Sol/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1050 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD44
1440p24
4K22

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 16−18

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 38
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 56
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 41
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 31
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 26
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 43
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 38
Forza Horizon 4 49
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 17
Red Dead Redemption 2 9
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 38
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 15
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 36
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 35
Forza Horizon 4 34
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 20
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 27
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 25
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 15

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 11
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 1050 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1050 from AMD is Radeon R9 270X, which is slower by 3% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

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