GTX 1050 vs RX 560 Graphics Comparison Review

In this GTX 1050 vs RX 560 graphic comparison review, we will look the performance and the difference between two graphics cards from Nvidia.  We will do an in-depth look on how these two graphics cards do side by side on the different categories of comparison.


Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 is a lower end graphics card by Nvidia of course. It was released in the 4th quarter of 2016. The card is primarily designed to compete against affordable gaming cards released by AMD such as the RX 460 or 470. It was a replacement for the old GTX 960 and was also superseded by the GTX 1650. This GPU is based on Pascal Architecture, it performs twice as faster as the Maxwell Architecture.

AMD Radeon RX 560 on the other hand is a middle tier graphic cards by AMD. It is a newer GPU compared to 1050, released in the 2nd quarter of 2017. It is a 4th generation graphic card of the Graphics Core Next Architecture.


GTX 1050 GPU is codenamed Polaris 21 while the RX 560 is codenamed GP107-400. 1050 has 16 compute units activated and it has 1024 shader processing unit while the 560 has 5 SM and have only have 640 shader processing units.

The 1050 has a better Texture Mapping Unit at 64 compares to 40 of the 560. RX560 has better render output units of 32 while the GTX 1050 has only 32. Pixel rate of 1050 is greater than RX 560, it runs 43.3 GPixel/s on 1050 compared to 18.8 GPixel/s of 560.


Both the GTX 1050 and RX 560 has 128-bit memory interface, and both also runs on GDDR5 memory type. Memory speed of 560 is slightly greater by 2 clicks at 1752 MHz than that of a 1050 that registers at 1750 MHz, it is just very minimal though.

The GTX 1050 has a large advantage in terms of core speed at 1354 MHz and can go up to 1455 MHz with Boost Clock compared to the 1175 MHz of RX 560.

Power Consumption

So let us continue our GTX 1050 vs RX 560 comparison review, in terms of power consumption, the 1050 has been rated at 75 watts much smaller compared to the power consumption of the RX 560 which is rated at 80 watts. Both cards rely entirely on PCI slots for power and it does not require extra connectors to run.

Recommended power supply unit for 1050 is 300 watts while 450 watts for the 560.


In terms of performance the GTX 1050 can do mid-level graphics on modern AAA 2016 released games. Some may have variations on the frame rate, but the card is expected to do around 50+ FPS on medium graphics settings using 1080p screen resolution.

While the RX 560 is a card design for competitive MOBO gamers. It is lightweight and has a small factor that it can bring mobility for travelling gamers. This GPU can run most modern games at medium graphics settings, using 1080p resolution.

We tested a few games on each GPU and found out that both can run popular games such as CSGO, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, League of Legends and DOTA 2.

The GTX 1050 runs Fortnite at a smoother 70 FPS compared to the 53 FPS of RX 560. But, 560 runs Grand Theft Auto V better at 47 FPS compared to the 38 FPS of 1050.

System Requirements

The GTX 1050 is best suited for resolution up to 1920×1080, we would recommend using 1600×900 to get the most of your settings. It is highly recommended to use a higher tier processor such as i5-6500 and 8gb of ram for optimum performance.

Same also for RX 560, it can support resolutions up to 1920×1080. We highly recommend using a high-performance processor and at least 8gb of ram for maximum performance.

Final Verdict

Both are great GPUs, in terms of over all gaming performance the capabilities of RX 560 are slightly better than the GT 1050.

The RX 560 is a newer GPU than GTX 1050 for at least a year. But both GPUs exhibit a very powerful performance.

So, what is our choice? I would say it depends on what processor I have. Both can handle even the most demanding games at high settings. So, it is a draw for me.

That’s it for our GTX 1050 vs RX 560 comparison review, hope you like it. See on the next one.