NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

GTX 1050 GTX 960 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Price $ 124 $ 199 75 (46%)
Year 2018 2015 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 65C 75C 10 (14%)
Max Fan Noise 45dB 40dB 5 (12%)
Recommended Power Supply 300W 470W 170 (44%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.70GHz ($369.89) Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 37 FPS 43 FPS 5.8 (15%)
Average 1440p Performance 26 FPS 31 FPS 4.7 (17%)
Average 4K Performance 15 FPS 16 FPS 1.8 (12%)
Memory 3 GB 2 GB 1 (40%)
Overall Combination Score 68/100 64/100 4 (6%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 1050 to GTX 960 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 1050 .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Fallout 76
38
44
2018 Forza Horizon 4
33
38
2018 Hitman 2
29
34
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
34
39
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
25
31
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
26
24
2016 Hitman
46
33
2016 Overwatch
52
60
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
40
46
2016 The Division
34
35
2015 DiRT Rally
54
62
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
29
36
2015 The Witcher 3
30
33
2013 Battlefield 4
40
51
2013 Crysis 3
34
39

2560x1440

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Battlefield V
28
33
2018 Forza Horizon 4
28
32
2018 Hitman 2
20
22
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
22
25
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
19
23
2016 Overwatch
36
41
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
21
22
2013 Battlefield 4
26
31
2013 Crysis 3
21
35

3840x2160

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
19
21
2018 Hitman 2
12
13
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
12
13
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
11
13
2016 Overwatch
19
21

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / Core i7-8700K

The GTX 1050 's power requirements are reasonable and it is very efficient compared to the competition. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 1050 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. With current 3072 MB RAM, the GTX 1050 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. View Current Price List

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / Core i7-4790K

With current 2048 MB RAM, the GTX 960 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. With current 2048 MB RAM, the GTX 960 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. View Current Price List

GTX 1050 vs GTX 960 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1050 GTX 960
Board NumberPG210 SKU 1PG301
Length5.7 inches 145 mm9.5 inches 241 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power ConnectorsNone1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP75 W120 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1050 GTX 960
Boost Clock1518 MHz1178 MHz
GPU Clock1392 MHz1127 MHz
Memory Clock1752 MHz 7008 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1050 GTX 960
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000GeForce 900
Launch Price109 USD199 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateOct 25th, 2016Jan 22nd, 2015

Graphics Features

GTX 1050 GTX 960
CUDA6.15.2
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.16.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1050 GTX 960
ArchitecturePascalMaxwell 2.0
Die Size132 mm²228 mm²
GPU NameGP107GM206
GPU VariantGP107-301-K1-A1GM206-300-A1
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors3,300 million2,940 million

Memory

GTX 1050 GTX 960
Bandwidth84.10 GB/s112.2 GB/s
Memory Bus96 bit128 bit
Memory Size3072 MB2048 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1050 GTX 960
ROPs3232
Shading Units7681024
TMUs4864

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1050 GTX 960
FP32 (float) performance2,332 GFLOPS2,413 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance72.86 GFLOPS (1:32)75.39 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate46.56 GPixel/s37.70 GPixel/s
Texture Rate72.86 GTexel/s75.39 GTexel/s