NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 TI review

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Pascal is one of the greatest achievements of NVIDIA in the past ten years. Latest GPU architecture of the company took gaming performance to the next level with the GTX-1080 in May and then again with the titanium X a few months later, but you got $600 + these flagships start your Pascal party with one.

gamers willing to between $200 and $250 for a graphics card issue essentially have the GTX-1060 or his rival RX 480 between to choose (and both are fine options), while those with less money of even less possibilities, is up now.

AMD’S RX 460 2 GB presented himself as the best choice for about $110 and not long ago you wouldn’t expect to find a p card in this price class. With NVIDIA’s announcement of the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti of last week can tell you that things are galvanized, if AMD expects rivals start with immediate adjustments of in prices.

The Radeon RX 460 promptly dropped from $110 to $100 during the 4GB-Modell a generous price reduction saw, where it is up only $120. The RX-470 was also terribly attractive $170 reduced. The fact that AMD is as fast says these cuts us two: you know what’s coming and you know it’s good.

It isn’t often that we see NVIDIA so aggressively in the entry-level segment, and historically they have like AMD the hit on the edge seemed to take here.

1050 to drive the GeForce GTX is the newly developed GP107 that allow 3.3 billion transistors in a tiny a 135 mm 2 cube packs, NVIDIA offer up to 768 CUDA cores at frequencies of over 1.4 GHz. That is the same amount of CUDA cores found in the GTX-950, they are simply much faster operation.

Rather than issues, a slight price premium for the GTX-1050 series, similar to how she acts, NVIDIA with 1060 series decided to price match AMD. The base model GTX 1050 come at only $110, in the beefed up to 1050 TI a price tag of $140 commands.

This start tag prices cost-conscious gamers should have excited. Series provided the previous generation GeForce 900 950 with an initial MSRP of $160, while the 750 TI began his life at $150. In view of the requirements and the expected performance, we never meant to 1050 TI for something less than $150, at least in the beginning anyway would sell.

On the page we have known to test a few MSI card as the GTX 1050 2 OC and GTX 1050 TI 4 G OC. Both are essentially the same product with the exception of GPU and memory configuration (admittedly, this is a fairly big exception). In any case, they look…

MSI GP107 does no gimmicks

A before we dive into the details of MSI, we cover the GTX cards, 1050 and 1050, TI distinguish information to see how they each other as well as AMD’S next rivals.

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  GTX 1050 GTX 1050 ti RX 460 RX 470
launch date 25 October 2016 25 October 2016 code name 8 August 2016 8th August 2016
  GP107 GP107 Polaris 11 Polaris 10
Fab 14nm   14nm [] 14nm
transistors 3.3 billion 3.3 billion 3 billion 5.7 billion
  size die 135 mm2 135 mm2 123 mm2 232 mm2
  core-config 640:40:32 768:48:32 896:56:16 base of 2048:128:32
  core clock 1354 MHz 1290 MHz 1090 MHz 926 MHz
  boost core frequency 1455 MHz 1392 MHz 1200 MHz 1206 MHz
memory clock 1750 MHz 1750 MHz 1750 MHz 1650 MHz
  bandwidth 112 GB / s 112 GB / s 112 GB / s 211 GB / s
  GDDR5 bus type [ GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5
    128-bit 128-bit  
  TDP/TBP 75 watt TDP 75 watt TDP < 75 Watt TBP 120 Watt TBP
EIA $109 $139 $109 (2 GB)
$139 (4 GB)

now $99 (2 GB)
now $129 (4 GB)

$179

now $169

Attentive readers might have discovered the fact that the GeForce GTX 1050 series as 14nm part instead of 16nm as the rest of the Pascal line up is listed. This is not a typo, even though NVIDIA has given no information on, and not really even mentioned that she had in fact moved in 14nm process for this series. It is believed that Samsung was used to create 1050 series, while TSMC 16nm process 1060 serves the 1070, 1080 and titanium X.

The other important thing to note is that the 1050 TI has 20% more CUDA as vanilla 1050 cores. Furthermore, the only significant difference in the VRAM buffer is loaded by default, memory as 1050 comes with only 2 GB while the 1050 Ti is equipped with 4 GB. Regardless of the load all 1050 series graphic cards work its GDDR5 memory at 1750 MHz

It is also a slight variation in the operational frequency range, although given how GPU boost 3.0 does not, we expect that this will have a significant impact on the performance. In addition, we expect both GPUs to have similar overclocking reserves.

there’s no founder Edition version of the GTX-1050, we have not really walking a reference. For the base models, MSI has created a 150 mm long PCB, even though the total length of the map shroud has been extended by an unnecessarily long plastic fan on 177 mm.

The cooler has a single 80 mm fan pushes the air through a nondescript aluminum heat sink. Forget heat pipes or copper bases, this small all-aluminum heat sink measures only 95 mm, 90 mm high, 18 mm thick and tips of the scales at just 118 grams. The cooler is funny small for a gaming graphics card but with a TDP of only 75 watts we suspect it’s all what you need.

Speaking of makes, none of the two models requires an external 6-pin PCIe connector and MSI has not the need, also, which is great. This makes upgrading rickety old rigs a breeze, because neither card dodgy PSU implodes be endangered, at least not risk more than they were already in the. You also have a 3 + 1 phase basic construction makes set, although it should be more than enough to keep this small graphic cards in a good mood.

Because the OC (overclocked) models, MSI has pushed ever so slightly to the core clock speeds. The base clock for the 1050 has only 3.7% increase to 1404 MHz, while the 1050 TI has been increased by 3.9% on 1341 MHz. Most will help to squeeze an additional frame or two from the stock speeds.

Has on the I/O part of the map, a DisplayPort-1.4 port HDMI MSI 2.0 and dual-link DVI-output on both models included. These outputs should cover most users well, and all three can be used at the same time, if need to be.