Introduction, Design Performance (Part I)
Like many of a Nvidia “card-partner” kin, in late 2016 MSI rolled out a lineup of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti video cards regulating graphics processors (GPUs) formed on Nvidia’s new “Pascal” architecture. The GTX 1050 Ti slots handily between a GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 in Nvidia’s line. We’ve tested a whole garland of of these lower-end Pascal cards, and this time around, we’re looking during one of a some-more affordable models, dubbed by MSI a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC. For a cards around this sold GPU, MSI is charity both a “premium” operation (relatively speaking) and a some-more simple collection, with 6 cards to select from.
At a tip of a MSI GTX 1050 Ti operation are dual cards that bear a informed red-and-black MSI tone intrigue and have a “Gaming” label; these are a company’s flagship GTX 1050 Ti cards. The association is also charity some-more medium versions. In sell for a reduce price, they demeanour a bit some-more walking and container specs that are closer to stock. Our examination label is one of a latter, and MSI offers a identical chronicle of this label in non-Ti trim, as well, that we tested. (See a examination of a MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2G OC.) Also value noting: MSI recently denounced a low-profile, half-height chronicle of a GTX 1050 Ti, a $155 MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP, for PC upgraders and gamers looking to boost a skinny home-theater PC or other slim desktop. (Decent-performing half-height video cards have been wanting in new years, with a best of a new lot being formed on a aged GeForce GTX 750 Ti.)
But as for a label we have on hand: The full-height label we’re contrariety here currently is a batch GTX 1050 Ti in many regards, yet it does embody an MSI-induced, amiable overclock (of 63MHz) out of a box, hence a “OC” in a name. Despite a overclock, it is offered for a MSRP of a customary base-model GTX 1050 Ti, that is $139. Our knowledge with Nvidia cards indicates that a label might good overclock over a overclock numbers listed on a spec sheet, yet we’ll see in a bit about that. Note that MSI also sells a true batch chronicle of this card, lacking a “OC” in a name and adhering to a bottom specs listed for this GPU by Nvidia.
Since this is label is tighten to batch detached from a amiable overclock, it has all a customary specs of a GTX 1050 Ti, including 4GB of GDDR5 memory (on a 128-bit memory interface) along with 768 CUDA cores. Its cooling apparatus employs usually a singular fan, and a label takes adult dual PCI Express slots due to a breadth of a atmosphere cooler. The label is rather brief in length, though, creation it good for a small-form-factor build if we can’t means or would rather not bombard out a additional responsibility for one of a mini versions of a GeForce GTX 1060, that tend to run around $200 for a 3GB versions and $240 for a 6GB. (See, for example, a examination of a Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 MiniGigabyte G1 Gaming chronicle of a GTX 1050 Ti we tested (no 4 or 5 ports here on a backplane), comprising singular DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors.
Despite a entry-level status, a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC supports pivotal leading-edge facilities common to new GeForce cards, including Nvidia’s G-Sync, 8K output, and DirectX 12. This label is not “VR-capable,” however, by a standards of today’s Oculus RiftHTC ViveGeForce GTX 1060.
MSI backs a GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC with a three-year warranty, and instead of pairing a label with a specialized MSI Gaming App module mostly seen on a higher-end cards, it includes (as a download) a MSI Afterburner utility (which, incidentally, anyone can download and use on any video card). It lets we guard temperatures and time speeds, as good as overclock a GPU. More on that later.
Performance (Part I)
As we’ve mentioned in a other new label reviews, things are in motion these days when it comes to contrariety 2016’s video cards, since 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 comparatively few real-world benchmarks for it. Still, DX12 will eventually be a customary graphics API, so it’s critical to know if a label can hoop DX12 good before buying. We tested a GTX 1050 Ti with 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, since that API will still be in far-reaching use for during slightest another year, and substantially many longer.
The other angle is practical existence (VR) support, or miss thereof. VR is red prohibited these days, yet a GTX 1050 Ti is not absolute adequate to acquire a thumbs-up from Oculus and HTC for their headsets, so we won’t be immersing yourself in fake worlds with this label (or any other of a class) anytime soon, unless a hardware conditions changes on a VR headset side.
And so, on to a benchmarks. Since this specific MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti label costs $139, we’ll review it to a $110-to-$130 Radeon RX 460Radeon RX 470Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4G, that cost $30 some-more than a MSI label during this writing. So it’ll be intriguing to see what that additional clod of income delivers.
All of a recent-generation cards we’ve tested in a $100-to-$200 operation have also been enclosed in a benchmark charts below, with a few higher-end cards such as a GeForce GTX 1060 and AMD Radeon RX 480AMD Radeon R9 Nano, for an thought of a opening we can get in a unequivocally compress label if income is no object. (At this writing, it was about 4 times a cost of a customary GTX 1050, or some-more than 3 times that of this MSI GTX 1050 Ti.)
3DMark Fire Strike
We started off a contrariety 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 a initial face-off between a dual GTX 1050 Ti cards we have tested, a Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming came out on tip on a Graphics Score, by 4 percent. That’s a decent domain deliberation that it has a same GPU in a swell as a MSI label and both are overclocked. The Gigabyte label comes overclocked aloft than a MSI card, so this isn’t too surprising. Both GTX 1050 Ti cards also spanked a reduction costly Radeon RX 460, yet in spin were drubbed by a pricier RX 470.
Tomb Raider (2013)
Let’s start with some comparison games. Here, we dismissed adult a 2013 reboot of a classical pretension Tomb Raider, contrariety during a Ultimate fact preset and 3 resolutions.
We’re usually dual tests in and already a settlement is emerging: The higher-clocked Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti is a smidge some-more absolute than a softly overclocked MSI OC card. In this test, we saw a Gigabyte pass a MSI label by about 4 frames per second (fps) during 1080p, yet that’s still an feat given their hardware similarities. Both cards were means to strike over 60fps in this title, as well. In contrast, a Radeon RX 460 we tested (a PowerColor card) languished in a 40fps zone.
Next, we rolled out a unequivocally perfectionist real-world gaming benchmark exam built into a 2013 pretension Sleeping Dogs…
Again, a Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming label reason a solid 5 percent advantage over a MSI GTX 1050 Ti label in this test. Both cards unsuccessful to cranky a 60fps threshold, yet they were close; kicking down a fact turn one nick would get we there with ease. Both of a GTX 1050 Ti cards also many doubled a opening of a Radeon RX 460 card, so it seems protected to contend during this indicate that this “matchup” isn’t many of one.
The renouned pretension Bioshock Infinite isn’t overly demanding, yet 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)…
The MSI GTX 1050 Ti label was means to tighten a opening with a some-more costly Gigabyte label in this test, with a dual cards usually 3.5 percent detached during 1080p. Both cards were in a high 70fps/low 80fps operation during 1080p, so that’s flattering many a rinse from a real-world opening perspective.
Next adult was Hitman: Absolution, that is an aging diversion yet still flattering tough on a video card, generally during a exam settings.
The competition tightened serve in this test, with a disproportion between a dual GTX 1050 Ti cards within a domain of flaw between exam runs. In this title, it is effectively a tie between them. The RX 460 was not tighten during any resolution, and even a RX 470 didn’t kick a dual GTX 1050 Ti cards by much.
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 exam titles we use, with sensuous foliage, minute shadows, and differently implausible environments. We used a Normal fact environment first.
This is a initial exam where we can unequivocally see where a additional $30 for a Gigabyte 1050 Ti label is being spent, as it was means to overtake a MSI OC label by a strong 15 percent during 1080p. As a fortitude increased, a opening narrowed (to a indicate where usually 1 support per second distant them during 4K resolution), yet nobody is going to play this diversion during 17fps.
And here’s what we saw during a torpedo Ultra setting…
The dual GTX 1050 Ti cards pulled off playable support rates, a RX 460 was borderline, and a RX 470 clearly overran them all.
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 since 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.
At 1080p fortitude we saw a Gigabyte reason a assuage advantage of a few frames over a MSI OC card, yet both GPUs struggled with this punishing benchmark. Both GPUs were usually about as quick as a GeForce GTX 960 from a prior generation, that is interesting. The Radeon RX 460 was equivocal excusable during 1080p, limping to a finish line with a measure of usually 28.4fps.
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 many of a cards next have no bars since 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.
This is a heartless test, as a draft shows a RX 460 couldn’t penetrate a (admittedly demanding) settings. The GTX 1050 Ti cards pulled it off, though, with both a Gigabyte and MSI GPUs attack over 60fps during 1080p, yet a Gigabyte G1 Gaming reason a 9 percent advantage. Surprisingly, a somewhat overclocked MSI GTX 1050 we tested (the non-Ti card) reason a possess on this test, too, fixation usually a smidge behind a amped-up Ti brethren.
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. Let’s demeanour during a diversion during a Medium fact preset.
The formula of this exam mostly counterpart a others, with a Gigabyte label holding a little advantage, so we won’t labor a details. What’s some-more engaging from a opening standpoint is usually how good a cheaper MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2G OC is for this game, as it was usually a few ticks slower than a MSI OC Ti card. The GTX 1050 Ti showed a teeth to a GTX 1050, though, during a Very High preset…
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, during a Medium fact setting.
This diversion constructed a common unequivocally linear pecking sequence formed on cost and specs, so as label value increasing so did performance, and clamp versa. Once again a MSI OC label was usually a little bit behind a Gigabyte G1 Gaming, with both commanding 70fps during 1080p. The RX 460 was in a hunt (59fps during 1080p) yet many startling was a fact that a GTX 1050 Ti cards were roughly rival with a many pricier GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition on this test. We saw a same energetic during a High preset, yet a GTX 1060 reasserted itself there…