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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 9970

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 9970

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Much better floating-point performance 8,192 GFLOPS vs 1,862 GFLOPS Around 4.5x better floating-point performance
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 307 GB/s vs 112.1 GB/s Around 2.8x higher memory bandwidth
Many more shading units 4,096 vs 640 3456 more shading units
Many more texture mapping units 256 vs 40 216 more texture mapping units
Significantly higher texture rate 168 GTexel/s vs 58.2 GTexel/s Around 3x higher texture rate
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Higher pixel rate 64 GPixel/s vs 46.56 GPixel/s More than 35% higher pixel rate
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 128 bit 4x wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 1050

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

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Significantly higher clock speed 1,354 MHz vs 1,000 MHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,008 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,752 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 40% higher memory clock speed
Much lower TDP 75W vs 255W 3.4x lower TDP

Features Key features of the Radeon HD 9970  vs GeForce GTX 1050 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

Radeon HD 9970
307 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1050
112.1 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

Radeon HD 9970
64 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 1050
46.56 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

Radeon HD 9970
168 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 1050
58.2 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 9970
8,192 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 1050
1,862 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

Radeon HD 9970  vs
GeForce GTX 1050 
GPU brand AMD Nvidia
GPU name Hawaii XT GP107
Clock speed 1,000 MHz 1,354 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 4,096 640
Texture mapping units 256 40
Render output processors 64 32
Pixel rate 64 GPixel/s 46.56 GPixel/s
Texture rate 168 GTexel/s 58.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 8,192 GFLOPS 1,862 GFLOPS

memory

Radeon HD 9970  vs
GeForce GTX 1050 
Memory clock speed 1,250 MHz 1,752 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,000 MHz 7,008 MHz
Memory bus 512 bit 128 bit
Memory 4,096 MB 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 307 GB/s 112.1 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 255W 75W

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