Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 vs GTX 960 Comparison Review

In this GTX 1050 vs 960 comparison, we look at how the older Maxwell based GTX 960 GPU holds against the newer GTX 1050. In the GTX product line, the first digit (or two) represents the generation of the card, in this case, the GTX 1050 belongs to the GTX 10 series generation and the 960 to the 900 series.

This does not mean that the newer card is superior in performance, that is indicated by the last two digits, the least powerful being 30 and the most powerful 80. So which is more powerful between the two? Read on and find out.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

This is an entry level graphics card in Nvidia’s GeForce 10 series. It is based on the Pascal architecture using the GP107 chip as its 1050Ti but with 128 less shader units. It is manufactured using 14 nm FinFET technology.

The card features 640 shader units which is less compared to its GTX 1050 Ti which has 768 shaders on the same chip. It runs at a core clock speed of 1354 MHz with boost reaching 1455 MHz.   the GPU uses a maximum of only 2 GB GDDR5 memory connected with a 128-bit interface.

The card’s memory is clocked at 7008 MHz and the total bandwidth is 112 GB/s, same as the GTX 960. The GPU has 1x DVI, 1x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort video connectors. It also supports DirectX 12_1 and OpenGL 4.5 APIs. The recommended PSU for this GPU should be atleast 300 watts and 27 Amps.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

The GTX 960 is the third GPU to feature the Maxwell architecture. The first two GPUs (GTX 970 and GTX 980) using this architecture reshaped the graphics card market completely by increasing the value per price. Unfortunately, the GTX 960 was not as revolutionary as the other two and was in fact the weakest.

The GTX 960 is based on the GM206 chip and manufactured using the 28 nm process. It features 1024 shader units and operates at a base clock speed of 1127 MHz, and 1178 MHz boost. The GPU uses 4 GB maximum GDDR5 memory using a 128-bit memory interface. the memory speed is 7000 MHz and the resulting bandwidth is 112 GB/S. The recommended PSU is 400 watts.

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Benchmarks results

In this GTX 1050 vs 960 benchmarks results, you will see that the GTX 960 performs better than the 1050 in most tests. In non-gaming tests by the UserBenchmark, the GTX 960 had 28% better peak texture detail in the Parallax benchmark than the 1050 with 144 fps against 114 fps. It performed slightly better than the GTX 1050 in the MRender multi rendering text with 86.3 fps compared to 82.2 fps. In the Gravity benchmark, the 960 had 26% faster NBody calculation than the GTX 1050.

In the gaming benchmarks, the GTX 960 provided 140 fps in CS GO max settings at 1080p while the 1050 provided 114 fps.  It also performed slightly better than the 1050 in PUBG with 37 fps compared to 36 fps. The GTX 1050 provided 70 fps in Fortnite against 64 fps. The 1050 also slightly outperformed the 960 in World of Tanks with 66 fps against 65 fps. The 960 provided more fps in most titles including GTA V, DOTA 2 and Overwatch.

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Verdict

The GTX 960 provides better performance in both the gaming and non-gaming benchmarks. However, for some the power consumption plays a big part in their decision. If that’s the case, the GTX is the card for you but based on raw performance, the 960 is the better card. Hope you found our GTX 1050 vs 960 comparison guide helpful. Let us know in the comments if you have any question.

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