NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti vs AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.73
 
7.68
Architecture
Pascal
 
GCN
GPU code name
N17P-G1
 
Wimbledon XT
Market segment
Desktop
 
Laptop
Launch date
25 October 2016 (4 years ago)
 
1 May 2012 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$139
 
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Price now
$333 (2.4x MSRP)
 
$126

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
768
 
2560
CUDA cores
768
 
no data
Core clock speed
1290 MHz
 
850 MHz
Boost clock speed
1392 MHz
 
no data
Number of transistors
3,300 million
 
no data
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
75 Watt
 
200 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
 
no data
Texture fill rate
66.82
 
no data
Floating-point performance
2,138 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire 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). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
no data
 
large
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
no data
Length
145 mm
 
no data
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
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Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
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Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
7 GB/s
 
4800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
112 GB/s
 
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Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
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HDMI
+
 
-
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

VR Ready
+
 
no data
Ansel
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
Shader Model
6.4
 
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OpenGL
4.6
 
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OpenCL
1.2
 
no data
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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 Ti 23.94
HD 7970M Crossfire 25.49 +6.5%

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.

GTX 1050 Ti 9453
HD 7970M Crossfire 11119 +17.6%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
326 Mh/s
 
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Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.01 Gh/s
 
no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
12.62 Mh/s
 
no data
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.3 kh/s
 
no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
156.48 Sol/s
 
no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

GTX 1050 Ti satisfies 97% minimum and 86% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
97%
Recommended
86%
Minimum
97%
Recommended
86%

HD 7970M Crossfire satisfies 97% minimum and 89% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
97%
Recommended
89%
Minimum
97%
Recommended
89%

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

 
GTX 1050 Ti
HD 7970M Crossfire
900p
 
no data
132
1080p
 
51 −100%
102 +100%
1440p
 
32
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4K
 
26
no data

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
48
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
63
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
21
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
48
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
69
 
no data
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
35
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
31
 
no data

1920x1080
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
40
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
52
 
no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
39
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
17
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
45
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
64
 
no data
Metro Exodus
 
26
 
no data
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
18
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
27
 
no data

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
24
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
51
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
36
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
41
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
45
 
no data

2560x1440
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
24
 
no data

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Battlefield 5
 
36
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
29
 
no data

3840x2160
High Preset

Metro Exodus
 
9
 
no data

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Battlefield 5
 
18
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
14
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
20
 
no data

Competitors of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1050 Ti from AMD is Radeon R9 380, which is slower by 2% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 1050 Ti:

Competitors of Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire from NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 680M SLI, which is faster by 2% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Much newer (25 October 2016 vs 1 May 2012)

Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)

Lower power consumption (75W vs 200W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

VR Ready

G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)

PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

Ansel

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire

6.5% better performance in benchmarks

Cheaper ($126 vs $333)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)

More pipelines (2560 vs 768)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire. The differences in performance seem too small.

Be aware that GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is a desktop card while Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire is a notebook one.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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