Introduction, Design Performance (Part I)
Nvidia’s new bill cards of a season, a GeForce GTX 1050 line, have strictly launched, and with a new GP107 graphics processor (GPU) comes a snowstorm of new label designs.
Because Nvidia isn’t arising anxiety designs of a GeForce GTX 1050 (or a GTX 1050 “Founders Edition” card) for a common video-card makers to follow, gamers will have to select one of a many customized play done by Nvidia’s partners. On Oct. 25, Nvidia is rising both a GeForce GTX 1050 and a hopped-up GTX 1050 Ti chronicle (which we’ve already reviewed in Gigabyte trim; see a examination of a $169.99-MSRP Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming G1 4G). The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2G OC we have on a exam dais here currently is a initial GeForce GTX 1050 we’ve been means to benchmark, and distinct a well-overclocked Gigabyte board, it should offer a satisfactory illustration of what a label can grasp during close-to-stock settings.
We contend “close” given nonetheless this label has a imagination cooler and a letters “OC” in a name, it comes overclocked by usually a little volume (just around 50MHz), that isn’t adequate of a strike to make a conspicuous disproportion in games. It also sells for a accurate base-model/”starts at” MSRP mentioned by Nvidia for a GTX 1050: $109.99. So it’s roughly a anxiety card, for all intents and purposes, despite one that’s softly overclocked.
This bill MSI label is set to do conflict with other GeForce GTX 1050 cards, as good as with AMD’s all-new Radeon RX 460, that usually had a bottom cost lowered to $99.99 ($10 reduction than a base-model GTX 1050, in box you’re bad during math). The Radeon RX 460’s suggested starting cost (and, incidentally, that of a Radeon RX 470) was lowered forward of a GTX 1050 launch as a approach to take a breeze out of a Nvidia sails (and sales). That pierce illustrates once again usually how cutthroat a GPU marketplace is, and how pointy a adversary these days between Nvidia and AMD. After all, in this partial of a market, with cards underneath $200, is where a lion’s share of video-card sales are made, in terms of volume.
The MSI GTX 1050 label we have here adheres really closely to a specs laid out by Nvidia for a GTX 1050 as a whole, creation it a amateur GPU for those regulating 1080p monitors nonetheless a lot of income to dump on PC hardware. Of course, MSI also has several other tricked-out variants of this sold card, as good as a broadly identical GTX 1050 Ti version, so there is a GPU here to fit flattering many any bill that can hoop a label between $100 and $200. Let’s puncture into this one.
This MSI GTX 1050 GPU is privately a OC version, so it offers time speeds that are a diminutive bit aloft than a anxiety spec. For example, Nvidia lists a bottom time for this label as 1,354MHz, nonetheless this card’s bottom is 1,404MHz, a disproportion of 50MHz. For a Boost Clock, Nvidia lists it as 1,455MHz, while this label is rated during 1,518MHz, a disproportion of 63MHz.
These are utterly tiny overclocks, and we suppose a GPU will be means to boost even over these speeds all by itself, regulating a built-in GPU Boost 3.0 technology. So a numbers supposing by MSI are good to know, nonetheless in a end, they are not enormously telling. It should be remarkable that distinct other high-end cards from MSI that embody a underline for “one-click” overclocking (in that we open a module module and usually daub an overclock setting), this label does not offer that feature. Instead, we usually have to let a label do a thing, that we think many buyers in this cost operation will do. And if we have a enterprise and knowledge, we can use an appendage module (such as MSI’s possess giveaway download Afterburner) to overclock it manually.
This MSI label has 2GB of RAM, that is customary for a GeForce GTX 1050 as a whole, and it facilities a 128-bit memory interface and 640 CUDA cores. On this card, we get a single-fan cooling fortitude and, distinct a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming G1 we tested, this label does not need additional energy around a PCI Express energy connector.
Not all GTX 1050 cards will share this trait, nonetheless it’s one of a GTX 1050’s vital offered points. Indeed, this is one of a biggest advantages of both a GeForce GTX 1050 and a AMD Radeon RX 460 boards, as they can be plugged into roughly any desktop PC, so prolonged as it has a PCI Express container on a motherboard. It’s a ultimate low-end ascent for anyone wanting to get into PC gaming on a extrinsic PC, as it provides good opening during 1080p during an affordable price.
Unlike a dual-slot Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti we tested, this many some-more compress label has usually 3 outputs: dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.4…
The label physique is 7 inches long, usually a bit longer than a PCB itself, with a cooler projecting out a tad…
It takes adult dual slots side by side given of a heft of a brawny cooler. MSI covers a label with a three-year warranty.
Since this is a simple GPU, there’s not many else to cover here. It doesn’t have imagination lighting or a vast module package; it isn’t VR-ready; we can’t arrange a label in a dual-card SLI configuration; and it’s hardly overclocked. It’s tighten to a batch GTX 1050 nonetheless a trimmings, that a cost and settlement reflect.
Performance (Part I)
As we’ve mentioned in a other new label reviews, things are in motion these days when it comes to contrast cards, given a dual rising technologies that current-gen cards are built for are proof formidable to exam in these early days.
The initial of these is DirectX 12 (DX12), that is usually now entrance on a scene. There are really few real-world benchmarks for it. Still, DX12 will approaching be a customary graphics API in a future, and this label was designed to final for a few years, if not longer. So it’s critical to know if a label can hoop DX12 good before buying. We tested a GTX 1050 with all a newest DX12-capable games we had on hand, including Hitman (the 2016 edition), Rise of a Tomb Raider, and Ashes of a Singularity, as good as Futuremark’s 3DMark DX12 benchmark, Time Spy. We tested a bucket of games regulating DirectX 11, too, given that API will still be in far-reaching use for during slightest another year, and almost many longer.
The other angle is practical existence (VR) support, or miss thereof. VR is all a fury these days, nonetheless a GTX 1050 is not absolute adequate to acquire an excusable rating by a powers that be during Oculus and HTC, so we won’t be immersing yourself in fake worlds with this GPU (or any other GPU all that nearby a cost point) anytime soon.
And so, on to a benchmarks. Since this specific MSI GeForce GTX 1050 label costs $109, we’ll review it to a $99-to-$110 Radeon RX 460, and it’ll be utterly engaging to see how they compare up. (We tested a PowerColor chronicle of a RX 460, a Red Dragon Radeon RX 460GeForce GTX 1060Radeon RX 480AMD Radeon R9 Nano, for an thought of what kind of opening we can get in a really compress label if income is no object. (At this writing, it was about 4 times a cost of a standard GTX 1050!)
3DMark Fire Strike
We started off a contrast with Futuremark’s 2013 chronicle of 3DMark, privately a suite’s Fire Strike subtest. Fire Strike is a fake exam designed to magnitude altogether gaming performance.
In this initial test, a GeForce GTX 1050 scored an easy win over a Radeon RX 460. Its measure of 6,105 simply smushed a Radeon’s measure of 4,824, creation it seem that this could be a unilateral contest. It’s also engaging that a Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti we tested was a bit some-more than 10 percent faster than a 1050, that is about what we expected.
Tomb Raider (2013)
Let’s start with some comparison games.
Here, we dismissed adult a 2013 reboot of a classical pretension Tomb Raider, contrast during a Ultimate fact preset and 3 resolutions.
In a initial real-world gaming test, things are not looking good for a Radeon RX 460, partially speaking, as it was slower than a GTX 1050 by roughly 20 frames per second (fps) during 1080p resolution. At 1440p we also saw a extreme disproportion in a GTX 1050’s favor. That usually shows there is a pricing problem, possibly on AMD or Nvidia’s end. We also saw an 18 percent disproportion between a GTX 1050 and a Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti during 1080p, that is comparatively medium deliberation a Gigabyte card’s MSRP is a full $60 more.
Next, we rolled out a really perfectionist real-world gaming benchmark exam built into a pretension Sleeping Dogs…
This is a formidable exam for bill GPUs, nonetheless a MSI GTX 1050 was means to broach a vital smackdown to a PowerColor Radeon RX 460: during 1080p, 46.9fps contra 28.4fps. The Radeon RX 460 was hardly means to strech a 30fps mark, that is a smallest for a decent personification experience, nonetheless dialing behind some settings on this oppressive exam would get we there. Meanwhile, a GTX 1050 was tighten to a stately mark, pulling down a more-than-sufficient 46.9fps. 60fps would be reachable with a few tweaks.
The renouned pretension Bioshock Infinite isn’t overly demanding, nonetheless it’s a renouned one with stellar good looks. In a built-in benchmark program, we set a graphics turn to a top preset (Ultra+DDOF)…
This benchmark shows a flattering transparent settlement developing, as once again a MSI GTX 1050 was almost faster than a PowerColor Radeon RX 460, this time to a balance of some-more than 20fps some-more during 1080p resolution. Both GPUs delivered intensely playable support rates, though, so it’s not a box of one label being playable and a other being unplayable on this title. Still, it’s always good to have a vast frame-rate cushion, and with a GTX 1050’s 74fps during 1080p, there’s some-more than adequate opening to keep things humming along during 60fps even if we confront a remarkable support drop.
Next adult was Hitman: Absolution, that is an aging diversion nonetheless still flattering tough on a video card.
Things didn’t urge here for a Radeon RX 460, as it was bested in this comparison benchmark during 1080p by dangerously tighten to double. This is one of those situations where a RX 460 was mostly unplayable, during usually 20fps during 1080p resolution, nonetheless with that card, in a genuine world we’d dial behind a oppressive 8x MSAA setting. The MSI GTX 1050 was means to penetrate it, though, regulating during a smooth-enough 35fps. Nice.
Far Cry Primal
Next, we changed to a some-more new game, expelled in 2016. Ubisoft’s latest open-world first-person sport diversion is one of a many perfectionist titles we use, interjection to a sensuous foliage, minute shadows, and differently implausible environments.
AMD was means to stop a draining rather in this test, as it was means to revoke a opening delta between a dual cards during 1080p to 11fps. That’s still a wilful feat for MSI’s GTX 1050 card, however, and it creates clarity that a Radeon label would do rather improved in this title, as AMD has always hold an advantage over Nvidia in this first-person hunter-and-gatherer game.
Ashes of a Singularity
Oxide’s Ashes of a Singularity is a bit of a depart as a benchmark, as it’s a real-time plan title, rather than a first-person shooter or a third-person movement title. Due to a planet-scale inlet of a conflict scenes, with hundreds of onscreen tanks, ships, and other implements of destiny warfare, it can be intensely perfectionist during high settings. And given of a engorgement of rendered units, this diversion is also approach some-more CPU-bound—especially during high settings and resolutions—than many other new games. We used a Standard preset here, rather than a game’s torpedo Crazy preset.
MSI’s GTX 1050 label was means to keep a strain alive in this severe game, this time outpacing a PowerColor Radeon RX 460 by a estimable 10fps during 1080p resolution. This is another of those games where a diversion was really playable on a MSI label (at 38fps), nonetheless on a RX 460 it was borderline. It’s titles like this that make a transparent eminence between these dual GPUs, given during slightest on a settings we are using, a RX 460 is simply not absolute enough.
Grand Theft Auto V
One of a many renouned diversion franchises on a planet, Grand Theft Auto needs no introduction. Version V took a lot longer than many approaching to land on a PC. But when it finally did, in early 2015, it brought a series of graphical improvements and tweakable visible settings that pushed a diversion distant over a console roots.
Note that some of a cards next have no bars given they would not run GTA V during a exam settings. That’s a gift of this game: It will automatically rebound down settings if a diversion perceives it will not run acceptably during a given brew of fortitude and fact settings.
We were tender to see this before “tough on GPUs” diversion run during over 60fps during 1080p on a MSI GTX 1050, that is simply awesome. The GTX 1050 Ti also ran utterly good too, attack 73.8fps during 1080p. Sadly, we could not get a PowerColor Radeon RX 460 to run this diversion during a exam settings we use, so there are no numbers for it in this round. That said, a next-biggest brother, a Radeon RX 470, put a harm on a MSI GTX 1050 with an considerable 85fps performance. Still, that RX 470 label cost at least $60 some-more during this writing.
Rise of a Tomb Raider
Lara Croft rises once again in a early 2016 iteration of Square Enix’s long-running movement franchise. As a favourite works to exhibit an ancient poser (and exhibit a tip to immortality) forward of a ancient and lethal Order of Trinity, she traipses by a slew of formidable windy environments, from dull tombs to a wintry Siberian wilderness. A energetic continue system, and a complexities of Lara’s wind-tousled hair, supplement to a game’s visible complexity.
We used reduce settings (the Medium preset) for this exam given these are entry-level GPUs, and during that preset we saw a MSI GTX 1050 broach a important 54.5fps during 1080p, if not utterly a betrothed “60fps on high settings” that is this card’s tagline. The Radeon RX 460 label was, not surprisingly, a bit over divided from this lofty goal, and it was means to grasp usually 42.9fps. That’s still utterly playable, of course, nonetheless once again, this is a flattering vast necessity deliberation a tighten pricing.
The newest diversion in a Hitman authorization finds Agent 47 branch over a new leaf, and embarking on a tour of self-discovery as a clergyman during a propagandize for impecunious children. Just kidding, of course; he kills loads of people in this one, usually like a rest. It does offer beautiful graphics in both DX11 and DX12 varieties, though. We’ll tackle a former (DX11) first.
This is another AMD-friendly pretension that gave a MSI GeForce GTX 1050 a narrowest feat yet, with a MSI GTX 1050 label usually circumference over a 60fps line by a tiny margin. The Radeon RX 460 was tighten behind, during a well-spoken 59fps.