NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 vs AMD Radeon HD 7970

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
AMD Radeon HD 7970

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
13.78
 
5.91
Architecture
Pascal
 
GCN
Code name
N17P-G1
 
Tahiti XT
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
n/d
 
reference
Release date
25 October 2016
 
22 December 2011
Launch price (MSRP)
$109
 
$549
Price now
$160
 
$410

Technical specs

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.
Pipelines
640
 
2048
CUDA cores
640
 
n/d
Core clock speed
1290 MHz
 
n/d
Boost Clock
1392 MHz
 
925 MHz
Transistor count
3,300 million
 
4,313 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
300 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
58.2 GTexel / s
 
118.4 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
1,862 gflops
 
3,789 gflops

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).
Bus support
PCIe 3.0
 
PCIe 2.1 x16
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
5.7" (14.5 cm)
 
274 mm
Height
4.38" (11.1 cm)
 
n/d
Width
2-slot
 
n/d
Recommended system power (PSU)
300 Watt
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin

Memory

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.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
3 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
384 Bit
Memory clock speed
7008 MHz
 
1375 MHz
Memory bandwidth
112 GB / s
 
264 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Display Connectors
DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI
 
n/d
Multi monitor support
+
 
n/d
Eyefinity
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
HDCP
2.2
 
-
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

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.
CrossFire
-
 
+
FreeSync
-
 
+
3D Vision
+
 
-
GameStream
+
 
-
GPU Boost
3.0
 
n/d
VR Ready
+
 
n/d
CUDA
+
 
-
Eyefinity
n/d
 
+
Multi-Projection
+
 
n/d
Multi Monitor
+
 
n/d
Ansel
+
 
n/d
ShadowWorks
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon HD 7970, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX® 11
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
Vulkan
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

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 16.69
HD 7970 18.36 +10%

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

Passmark

GTX 1050 4770
HD 7970 5248 +10%

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%

Mining hashrates

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)
0.85 Gh/s
 
n/d
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
n/d
 
20.71 Mh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.3 kh/s
 
n/d
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
143.76 Sol/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

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

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)
Multi-Projection
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)
Multi Monitor
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)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
ShadowWorks
Ansel
3D Vision Surround
NVIDIAGameStreamReady

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7970

10% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (384 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (2048 vs 640)
Higher memory bandwidth (264 vs 112 GB/s)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
HD3D
CrossFire
EyefinitySupport
HDMI
CrossfireX
FreeSync

So, GTX 1050 or HD 7970?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon HD 7970.
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