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MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (Box and Card)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (Front On)

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. 

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (Ports)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (Three Quarters)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (Angled)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (3DMark FS)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (TR)

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.

Sleeping Dogs

Next, we rolled out a unequivocally perfectionist real-world gaming benchmark exam built into a 2013 pretension Sleeping Dogs…

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (SD)

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.

Bioshock Infinite

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)…

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (Bioshock)

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.

Hitman: Absolution

Next adult was Hitman: Absolution, that is an aging diversion yet still flattering tough on a video card, generally during a exam settings.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (Hitman)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (FCP Normal)

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…

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (FCP Ultra)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (AOTS Standard DX11)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (GTA V)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (ROTR DX11 Medium)

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…

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (ROTR DX11 Very High)

Hitman (2016)

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (Hitman 2016 DX11 Medium)

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…

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC (Hitman 2016 DX11 High)

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