NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 vs AMD Radeon HD 7970
Comparison of GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970 architecture, market type and release date.
GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970 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).
PCIe 2.1 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
5.7" (14.5 cm)
4.38" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970: 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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970. 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.
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI
Multi monitor support
Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
GTX 1050 26.04 +7.4%
HD 7970 24.25
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
GTX 1050 40922
HD 7970 43795 +7%
3DMark Fire Strike Score
GTX 1050 6122 +4.1%
HD 7970 5880
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
GTX 1050 6797
HD 7970 6862 +1%
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
GTX 1050 8571 +10.3%
HD 7970 7770
3DMark Vantage Performance
GTX 1050 32463 +31.1%
HD 7970 24757
Unigine Heaven 3.0
GTX 1050 88 +12.8%
HD 7970 78
GTX 1050 5636 +7.4%
HD 7970 5248
Rendering quality tests
GFXBench render quality
GFXBench high precision render quality
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
279 Mh/s −73.8%
485 Mh/s +73.8%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
7.4% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (25 October 2016 vs 22 December 2011)
Cheaper ($109 vs $549)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (75 vs 300 watts)
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)
3D Vision Surround
Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7970
Wider memory bus (384 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (2048 vs 640)
Higher memory bandwidth (264 vs 112 GB/s)
So, GTX 1050 or HD 7970?
Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and AMD Radeon HD 7970. The differences in performance seem too small.
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