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disclaimer: I'm new to PC gaming and this question may be dumb, but I couldn't find anything online

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order isn't a game known for its optimization. My friend, playing with a GTX1050Ti, warned me of this, saying he could push it to 45 fps on medium. I decided to give it a try anyway on my new PC with a GTX970, and the game runs at a smooth 60 fps on epic quality. Is this normal?

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    What is wrong with having good performance? Aren't asking the opposite of what you really want and perhaps want to help your friend a bit? – mindstormsboi May 7 at 9:41
  • @mindstormsboi nothing is wrong with it, I'm very happy about it. Since I'm not an expert, I wanted to know if this big difference is random, or if it happens with most games. – Mauro Giliberti May 7 at 12:40
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Yes, it is normal. Your GTX 970 is faster than the GTX 1050 Ti.

Nvidia GPUs are named after following scheme:

Full Name Prefix Series Tier Revision Suffix
GTX 970 GTX 9 7 0
GTX 1050 Ti GTX 10 5 0 Ti

Prefix

There are currently 3 prefixes:

  • GT: Reserved for the bottom-tier cards, such as Tier 4 or lower. The most recent examples being the GT 1010 and GT 1030.
  • GTX: What most Nvidia GPUs used to be.
  • RTX: The successor to GTX cards, must support Hardware Accelerated Ray Tracing.

Series

Higher series cards are newer, and therefore offer more features and are generally more powerful than older series cards from the same Tier.

Tier

This tells you how powerful the card is. The higher, the better. Comparing different Tiers from different Series is not straightforward, but as a general rule: Each new Series is roughly 1 Tier better than the old series.

For instance, a GTX 970 is roughly the same speed as a GTX 1060. This is not always true, but serves as a good estimate of performance across different series.

Suffix

There are currently 2 suffixes:

  • Ti: Refers to a more powerful variant of the GPU. These GPU's are still slower than GPUs of a higher Tier. For example, a GTX 1050 Ti is more powerful than a GTX 1050, but less powerful than a GTX 1060.
  • M: Refers to mobile GPUs. These GPUs are usually much slower than their non-mobile counterparts, so a direct comparison is very difficult.

As you can see, your friend's GTX 1050 Ti is close in speed to a GTX 960, which is slower than a GTX 970.

If you search for comparisons, you can find several sites confirming that the GTX 1050 Ti is slower than the GTX 970:

So there's absolutely nothing odd about the GTX 970 being faster than the GTX 1050 Ti.

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