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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Handles all games at Full HD
  • Ridiculously low power consumption
  • Quiet design

Cons

  • Some games need to be dropped to Medium settings

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Key Features

  • 768 CUDA cores
  • 4GB GDDR5 memory
  • Base clock speed: 1,290MHz
  • Boost clock speed: 1,392MHz
  • DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DVI
  • 75W TDP (Powered through PCI-E slot)
  • Manufacturer: Nvidia
  • Review Price: £139.00

What is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti?

The 1050 Ti is the card that perhaps best represents the progress that Nvidia has made with its Pascal architecture this year. A supremely efficient yet Full HD-capable card for under £150 represents incredible value and will slot nicely into pretty much any system that needs an affordable gaming performance boost.

While it might not have the outright power of the more exciting GTX cards released this year, its bang-for-buck ratio is undeniable.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti – Specs and Technology

The model on test here is MSI’s Afterburner edition. Rival card manufacturers will all use roughly the same form factor, creating single-slot, PCI-Express-powered cards that will fit into compact and low-cost builds. Perhaps more importantly, the 1050 Ti is also pitched perfectly at gamers who are using a desktop PC with no graphics card at all. As long as there's room in the case and a PCI-E slot on the motherboard, you're good to go.

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The 1050 Ti chip is based on Nvidia’s Pascal GPU design, a recipe that’s already created a potent 2016 lineup for Nvidia that includes the GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060. It’s the first card in Nvidia’s 2016 range that doesn’t support VR gameplay; you’ll need the GTX 1060 to do this. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 1

You get 768 CUDA cores alongside a base clock speed of 1,290MHz and a maximum boost clock of 1,392MHz. There’s a full 4GB of GDDR5 memoryrunning at 7,000MHz and a 128-bit memory bus.

The GTX 1050 Ti uses the same GP107 chip as the base-level GTX 1050, but the two are configured differently. The 1050 has fewer CUDA cores, but they’re tuned to a higher clock speed. The 1050 is also limited to 2GB of memory and comes in at £115. I haven’t been sent a 1050 for review, so I can’t comment on its performance. As soon as I receive one I’ll get to benchmarking.

The 1050 Ti has a maximum thermal design power (TDP) of 75W; there won't be room for any extra, because there’s no PCI-E power connector on the card drawing power from the PSU. All the power the GTX 1050 Ti requires can be drawn directly from the PCI-E slot.

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In the current GPU landscape, the 1050 Ti is set a long way apart from key rival AMD, both in terms of pricing and expected performance.

It’s between £30 and £40 less expensive than a base model AMD Radeon RX 470, which can be as cheap as £164.99 – if you snag a special offer. It’s between £30 and £40 more expensive than the RX 460, which is targeted firmly at twitchy, lower-end games such as Overwatch and DoTA played at Full HD resolution. I’ve yet to conduct a full review of the RX 460, but on the following page I’ve included preliminary benchmarks for comparison.

The 1050 Ti sits by itself in the market and is best viewed as the budget option for AAA games played at Full HD. Whether or not you’ll be able to max out your graphics settings depends on how low you like your frame rates, but there’s no game on the market right now that the 1050 Ti won’t cater for.Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

On the rear of the card on review you get a single HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI connector.

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nvooser

October 27, 2016, 12:48 am

Finally a review with a <$300 CPU. Thank you.

For <$200 GPUs, an i3 would be even more suitable. In general, spending more on the GPU than the CPU is money better spent.

Megacharge

November 7, 2016, 11:55 pm

If gaming is the main priority yes.

David Daniels

December 11, 2016, 1:35 am

Hey was wondering if you could get any benchmarks for WoW, LoL, or like Skyrim

Ali

December 21, 2016, 5:03 pm

Newer GTX cards will be better used with an i5 or i7. I disagree with using an i3. And if you're just using it for gaming you'll struggle playing any kind of CPU intensive games such as arma 3. An i3 in general is not a good option, for gaming or not.

fede01_8

December 22, 2016, 12:16 pm

lol, you don't ned a test for those games. Even a 2011 GPU could run them maxed.

A Peanut Butter Sandwich

January 4, 2017, 2:52 am

Arma 3 is notorious for being single threaded, so an i5 wouldnt help much there.

Other then that and GTA V, there is no game an i3 cant run maxed, and intel now has an unlocked i3 for those purposes.

Tasos Moustakas

January 6, 2017, 7:08 am

Should i choose 1050ti with 2 or 4 gb memory?Is it worth the extra money?

Sonimarioboom

January 28, 2017, 3:26 am

For me, i can play all at max settings well above 60 fps. For me so far this card has been a budget beast that normally reaches about 60 fps. WoW, LoL, and Skyrim are jokes to this card.

Sonimarioboom

January 28, 2017, 3:29 am

An i5 is about the highest you should go right now. It's not meant for gaming anyways.

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