NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 vs 1050

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 1050 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
66.93
 
43.04
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Pascal
Code name
GM206
 
GP107
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
22 January 2015
 
25 October 2016
Launch price (MSRP)
$199
 
$109
Price now
$113
 
$159

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 1050'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 960 and GeForce GTX 1050's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1024
 
640
CUDA cores
1024
 
640
Core clock speed
1127 MHz
 
1290 MHz
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
 
1392 MHz
Transistor count
2,940 million
 
3,300 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
120 Watt
 
75 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
no data
 
97 °C
Texture fill rate
72 billion/sec
 
58.20
Floating-point performance
2,413 gflops
 
1,862 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 1050 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
PCI Express 3.0
 
PCIe 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
9.5" (24.1 cm)
 
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
4.38" (11.1 cm)
Width
no data
 
2-slot
Recommended system power (PSU)
400 Watt
 
300 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pins
 
None
SLI options
+
 
-
SLI
no data
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 960 and 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 type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
7008 MHz
Memory bandwidth
112 GB/s
 
112 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 960 and 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 Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
+
HDCP
+
 
2.2
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
no data
G-SYNC support
+
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
no data

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 1050. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GameStream
+
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
2.0
 
3.0
GameWorks
+
 
-
VR Ready
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 1050, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
6.4
 
6.4
OpenGL
4.4
 
4.5
OpenCL
1.2
 
1.2
Vulkan
1.1.126
 
1.2.131
CUDA
+
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 1050. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 960 23.62 +10.5%
GTX 1050 21.37

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 960 310860
GTX 1050 349683 +12.5%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 960 49918 +22%
GTX 1050 40922

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 960 6699 +9.4%
GTX 1050 6122

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 960 7916 +16.5%
GTX 1050 6797

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 960 10768 +25.6%
GTX 1050 8571

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 960 30751
GTX 1050 32463 +5.6%

Passmark

GTX 960 5989 +10.5%
GTX 1050 5418

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 1050. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
318 Mh/s +14%
 
279 Mh/s −14%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
0.92 Gh/s +8.2%
 
0.85 Gh/s −8.2%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
8 Mh/s
 
no data
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.27 kh/s −11.1%
 
0.3 kh/s +11.1%
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
141.47 Sol/s −1.6%
 
143.76 Sol/s +1.6%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 1050 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

10.5% faster in synthetic tests
More pipelines (1024 vs 640)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

Much newer (25 October 2016 vs 22 January 2015)
Cheaper ($109 vs $199)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (75 vs 120 watts)
VR Ready

So, GTX 960 or 1050?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 1050, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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