Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 vs Radeon RX 550 Comparison Review

In this GTX 1050 vs RX 550 guide, we look at the performance difference of two different GPUs from the top two companies in the graphics cards space.

The cards are different in almost every aspect, from the manufacturers, cores, architecture and power consumption. So how does their performance compare? What card is the best for you? Read on and find out!

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

The GTX 1050 is an entry-level Pascal based GPU for desktops. It was released into the market by Nvidia on 25th October 2016 with its laptop version being released early 2017. It is built on the GP107 chip, same as its Ti version but with fewer shaders. Nvidia benchmarks state that it is faster than the previous generation GTX 950 and is therefore suitable for 1080p gaming in high settings.

The card features 640 shaders, which is 128 shaders less than the 1050 Ti. It is has a core clock speed of 1290 MHz with the boost clock reaching 1392 MHz. It is manufactured in the 14 nm process technology and being a Pascal, it is more power efficient being rated at 75-watt TDP, but is still more than the RX 550’s 50 Watt TDP.

The GeForce GTX 1050 features a standard 2 GB GDDR5 memory with a speed of 7000 MHz. It is connected using a 128-bit memory interface and has 112 GB/s bandwidth. Similar to the RX 550, it has 1 DVI, 1 HDMI and 1 Displayport video connectors and supports DirectX 12 and OpenGL APIs.

AMD Radeon RX 550

The second graphics card in our GTX 1050 vs RX 550 guide is from AMD. The RX 550 is a mid-range desktop GPU that was released on 20th April 2017. It is based on the GCN 4.0 architecture using the Polaris 12 chip (Lexa). The GPU is manufactured in the 14 nm FinFET process. Additionaly,  same as the 1050, which allows it to have higher clock rates than the previous generation.

The GPU features 512 shaders, 128 less than the 1050 and the RX 550 laptop version. It has a base clock speed of 1100 MHz and a boost clock of 1183 MHz. The RX 550 has a 4 GB GDDR5 maximum RAM configuration with a speed of 7000 MHz using the 128-bit bus width. The RX 550 is less power hungry and is rated at 50 Watt TDP.

Benchmark results

The GTX 1050 is much better than the RX 550 in most benchmarks. In the synthetic benchmarks, the GTX 1050 provides up to 48% better texture detail than the RX 550 in the Parallax benchmark. Revealed in the MRender test, the 1050 provides 39% faster multi-rendering speed than the 550. In the Gravity benchmark, it provides hugely faster NBody calculation, 115% faster than the RX 550.

In the gaming benchmarks, the 1050 averages at 115 fps in CS GO max settings at 1080p while the RX provides 107 fps. Tested in the  League of Legends, the 1050 provides 131 fps while the 550 averages at 103 fps. In Fortnite, medium settings at 1080p, the 1050 provides 110 fps compared to 100 fps by the RX 550.

Conclusion

Judging by the results of our benchmarks, the Nvidia GTX 1050 is more powerful than the RX 550. However, the RX 550 is a newer card and less power hungry. (50 W vs 75 W). That is the end of our GTX 1050 vs RX 550 guide, if you still have questions on this topic, please ask them in the comments and we shall answer.