If you have an unlimited budget for a gaming build then you can create a rig with 4k gaming capabilities. It’s awesome but if you’re like most people, you have a limited budget and you’re looking for some cheaper gaming option. This article is for you.
From this article on, we will be covering various PC components, Gaming build and complicated hardware terms which you might get stuck on. All these articles will be published under PC Build category.
Kickstarting this category with a review on Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti OC edition. Nvidia has three entry-level graphics card in their product lineup namely GTX 1050, GTX 1050Ti and GTX 1060. If you’re on a budget looking to build a new gaming pc these three GPU’s is your best option hands down. Luckily our team gets a chance to play around with 1050Ti for some weeks thanks to Nvidia India.
Now there are tons of aftermarket card out there from companies like Gigabyte, Zotac. We’re going to take a look at MSI version here in this article. Let’s start with specs.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti Specs and Hardware:-
Nvidia largely dominated the entire GPU lineup with their Maxwell based GTX 750Ti previously. To continue their legacy, the brand decided to build more powerful GPU based on Pascal Architecture. If you look at the specification above, the GP107 indicates the model of the GTX1050Ti. This Nvidia card uses the Pascal Architecture made with the 14nm fabrication process. The next we have is Cuda Cores.
We can’t explain this terms here in this article so I’ll drop another article related to that only very soon.
All you need to know right now is larger the Cuda core number, GPU will give more performance. TDP stands for Thermal Design Power. Higher TDP generally means GPU will dissipate more power meaning you might need a good cooling system. The GPU comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory with a bandwidth of 112GBps, a 1MB L2 cache and a 128-bit memory bus, like other 1050Ti GPU’s in the market.
Look and Design
The first thing you’re going to notice is that our MSI card here lacks a PCIe connector thanks to the lower TDP. It receives all the juice it needs straight from the motherboard PCIe slot which is a good thing. The card measures 7-inches long featuring a black & white plastic casing with a single fan. Now slap all of that to a black PCB and there you go that’s your MSI’s 1050Ti GPU.
The cards aesthetics with edgy design language looks simple yet attractive. A small tiny graphics card meaning you can also fit it perfectly in miny ITX builds. On top of that, the compact form factor makes it convenient for those whose build has a tiny case.
Recommended minimum PSU (Power Supply Unit) for this GPU is 300W.
The video outs include one DVI-D port, HDMI 2.0 and a Display port allowing users to connect three simultaneous displays. If you’re using standard VGA Port then you will have to go for a converter. You can go for Terabyte HDMI To Vga converter. I personally used this one for my VGA supported display and it worked perfectly fine.
Now it’s time to talk about the real deal. That’s right the benchmarks. Before showing you our benchmarks score for this graphics card, let’s talk about our test bench. I hooked up this GPU on two different setups. One is very low in other aspects such as RAM, processor while other being the improved one.
Specs of our first test bench:
- Processor: Intel Core i3-3210 CPU clocked at 3.20Ghz
- Memory: Kingston 4GB DDR3 RAM 798.1 Mhz
- Motherboard: Intel Motherboard DH61WW
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
Surprisingly, even with such low specs, the graphics card manages to pull off various triple-A gaming titles including COD Infinite Warfare, Assassins Creed Origins, FIFA 18. We played all those games on a high graphics setting. Although, some titles did lag a bit which is pretty expectable looking at the other specs of the rig.
Our second test bench consists of the following:
- Processor: Intel I5 4690 3.5Ghz
- Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 1866MHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte H97m-D3H
- Operating System: Windows 10
On the both the above mentioned not so gaming rigs we played various recently launched gaming titles. We played GTA 5, Fifa 18, COD Infinite Warfare and much more. Almost all the games were played on max graphics settings. We faced not a single issue with this graphics card in terms of performance. Let the card’s benchmarks speak for itself.
We used the 3D Mark 11 for doing our benchmarking tests. Here are the scores.!!
In 3D Mark FireStrike test, we were able to get the 6923 score and 8008 graphics. Going to 3D Mark Time Spy, we easily got 2400 score and 2228 graphics. We expected the similar benchmark scores of this graphics card. If you have no idea what this score tells, then just consider this card performance being exceptionally good for this price point.
A benchmark test of a graphics card is incomplete if we don’t try out some high demanding gaming titles. Here are the scores for that too.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti Noise and thermals
While playing all these above gaming titles, we didn’t face any trouble with the noise and thermals of the GPU. The GPU stayed cool and quiet even after the long continuous gaming sessions. Talking about thermals throttling, this graphics card worked with super ease.
Even with the extreme stress on the GPU, the 1050Ti stayed cool at 69 degrees and we heard no annoying noise from the fan. That was quite surprising for everyone at TechFAE.
The Verdict: A budget gaming performer?
In the end, with 1050Ti you’re getting the most performance out of your money spends. Nvidia GeForce 1050Ti is a great sweet spot because you’re getting good average fps on almost every single triple-A titles. This new pascal based graphics card is pretty impressive considering you’re getting so much in an entry level video card.
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