In this GTX 1050 vs RX 580 review, we compare how the entry-level Nvidia card performs against the mainstream AMD GPU. The battle for the budget graphics card has been going on for a long time now between AMD and Nvidia.
Nvidia is mostly known for its high-end performance GPUs while AMD has most of the budget and lower end market. However, most gaming happens in the mid-range area, the 1080p resolution. Both these cards are capable of decent 1080p gaming. But which card is better? Read on and find out how their performance compares.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
If you are looking to build a gaming PC on a very tight budget, the GTX 1050 is the cheapest Pascal generation card in the market right now. It is capable of running most eSports in full HD on maximum settings at decent framerates. It is not only made for eSports, but the GTX 1050 is also capable of running AAA titles in HD as long as you are willing to dial back your settings a little bit.
The GTX 1050 is based on the ultra-efficient Pascal architecture and it uses the same GP107 chip as its GTX 1050 Ti variant. The GPU is manufactured in 14 nm as opposed to the 16 nm process of the generation’s high-end GPUs.
However, at just 640 CUDA cores, this is the most stripped down Pascal chip. It has a base core clock speed of 1354 MHz which can be boosted up to 1455 MHz. It comes with a standard 2 GB GDDR5 memory although it also exists in a 3 GB variant and the 4 GB 1050 Ti variant. The memory is connected via a 128-bit interface and is clocked at 7008 MHz. The total bandwidth is 112 GB/s.
AMD Radeon RX 580
The RX 580 is an updated version of the RX 480. It is one of the two more powerful GPUs in the RX 500 series. The GPU is based on the same Polaris 20 (Ellesmere) chip as its predecessor the RX 480. It is manufactured in the 14 nm process, same as the GTX 1050.
The card features 2304 shader processing units, 144 texture mapping units and 32 render output processors. The central processor runs at a core clock speed of 1257 MHz and goes up to 1365 MHz when in boost mode. The GPU is fitted with up to 8GB GDDR5 memory connected via a 256-bit interface. The memory speed is clocked at 8000 MHz. the total bandwidth is 256 GB/s.
According to the GTX vs RX 580 benchmarks carried out by TechnicalCity the RX 580 is much better in synthetic benchmarks. In Passmark, the RX 580 scores 80% higher than the GTX 1050. Using the 3DMark 11 Performance GPU, the RX Performs 124% better than the 1050.
In the gaming benchmarks, at 1080p max settings, the RX 580 averages at 150 fps vs 115 fps in CS GO, 68 fps vs 36 fps in PUBG and 56 fps vs 38 fps in GTA V. on average, the UserBenchmark results shows that the RX 580 provides 59% more fps than the GTX 1050.
The GTX 1050 is less power hungry than the RX 580 (75 W vs 185 W), but the RX 580 is more powerful and provides better gaming experience. Unless you are concerned about the power, the AMD Radeon RX 580 is the card to go with. Hope you found this GTX 1050 vs RX 580 review helpful. If you have any question, please let us know in the comments.