GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Video Card Roundup – EVGA, MSI and ZOTAC

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Roundup

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has proven itself to be a winner at the $139 price point when we took an in-depth look at the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC during last months launch. Getting the best gaming GPU for the money is important as it is arguably the most important component of any gaming PC. The nice thing about budget graphics cards like the Geforce GTX 1050 Ti is that you can usually get away with the minimum power supply of just 300 Watts and since no extra power connectors are needed you can pop one of these bad boys in many OEM systems without issue. This means you can take an older system that might have been running crappy integrated graphics and give your system one heck of a performance increase and get native DirectX 12 functionality thanks to the latest GPU architecture being used in the Pascal powered card.

Once you narrow your search down to a specific series you can then start taking a closer look at what cards have higher clock speeds, more overclocking potential, better custom cooling solutions and so on. The problem is that there are a ton of custom card manufacturers with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards on the market; ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, Zotac, and PNY are just some of the companies producing these Pascal based cards. We’ve gathered up three partner cards for a little GeForce GTX 1050 Ti roundup for you to help see the differences between some of the cards on the same system.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Roundup Review

Meet the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC, Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini and the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB SuperClocked! These are three examples of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards that are priced in the $139 to $149 price range and all feature custom PCB designs along with custom coolers that each have one 90mm fan.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Roundup

The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC is the longest in the group at 177 mm since the plastic fan shroud hangs over the end of the card. The EVGA and Zotac cards are both 144.8 mm long. Despite all three PCB’s having a location for a 6-pin PCIe power connector, none of the cards have the plug as bus power is more than enough for these cards. All three of these cards feature a 3+1 power phase design and have a maximum power draw of 75 Watts. The good news is this card should use less than 71 Watts of power unless you overclock it and then it will be limited to just under 74.8 Watts due to the way the hardware and software was designed.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Video Connectors

When it comes to video card connectors each of the cards have one DisplayPort (Version 1.4),  HDMI (Version 2.0b) and Dual-Link DVI-D video connectors. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti supports up to 3 monitors at a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz and a maximum digital display resolution of 7680 x 4320 (8K UHD). All are dual-slot cards, but note that the Zotac card features just a single slot bracket with no hot air exhaust ports. This means the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini will keep all the hot air from the GPU in your case. The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC has some ventilation holes and then there is the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC that has the most exhaust ventilation and a fan shroud that actually extends to the I/O bracket.

These cards are pretty similar in the appearance department, so let’s take a closer look at the specifications for them in the table below.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Roundup Video Cards

  Zotac
MSI
EVGA
Model GTX 1050 Ti Mini GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming
Part Number ZT-P10510A-10L GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC 04G-P4-6253-KR
GPU boost clock 1417MHz 1455MHz 1468MHz
GPU base clock 1303MHz 1341MHz 1354MHz
Memory Size 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5
Memory clock 7008 MHz 7008 MHz 7008 MHz
Memory interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Number of Fans 1x 90mm Fan 1x 90mm Fan 1x 90mm Fan
Length 144.77 mm 177 mm 144.78 mm
RGB Lighting No No No
Power PCIe Bus Only PCIe Bus Only PCIe Bus Only
Warranty 3-years 3-years 3-years
Newegg Price
Amazon Price
 $139.99
$155.70
$139.99
$139.99
$149.99
$149.99

When it comes to pricing you have the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini and the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC both coming in at $139.99 before any rebates or specials. Between those two the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC has higher core clock speeds, but is also over 30mm longer in length. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Superclocked video card has the highest clock speeds of the group, but you’ll pay an extra $10 to get those higher clock speeds. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Superclocked is only clocked 13 MHz higher on the GPU base/boost clock, so there isn’t much of a difference there to be had.

 

Let’s take a look at the test system and some actual performance numbers!

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  • I just came across this article since i want to upgrade my Nvidia GT 740 .. im not wanting or ( the wife) doesnt want me spending a ton i was thinking the gtx 1050 ti.. but i keep hearing everyone say budget card.. would it be a bump to my gt 740 ? i mainly play Wow,Gta5 and FSX on Steam..THanks !

  • TheLight

    The versions that don’t require additional power are best for mass produced boxes that might have a PCIe x16 slot, but a low wattage power supply without any 6 or 8 pin PCIe connectors. The 1050 Ti produces playable gaming on such systems and there are a lot of them out there. I predict nVidia and partners will sell a LOT of these. It may even become the next GF4MX, which sold so many units (mostly included with mass market boxes like Dell, Compaq and HP) that game developers were still including a DX7 rendering option in games well into the DX9 era in some cases.

  • Casecutter

    I suppose these Ti’s are a option for those just looking to start play in 1080p gaming, kind of what GT240’s or AMD 4670 use to be for the entry 1680×1050, but really more pricy. I just see if you’re on say 650Ti, 660, 750Ti and you want to get a great bump these for $140 aren’t. By these B-M they indicate at most 15% cost adder to $140-150 is the better move if you are striving to be more than casual user.

  • Agent1

    “there is an overclocking ‘bug’ that NVIDIA is currently working on fixing with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti video card lineup.”

    Thought this was a premeditated BIOS cap for 1050’s. Do you have a link from Nvidia showing otherwise?

    • legitreviews

      Agent1, NVIDIA has told us there is a bug in multiple e-mails from multiple people. They told us they are looking into a driver fix. If you’d like ‘proof’ I can ask them for an official statement or if I can screen shot the e-mail between NPR and LR.

      • Agent1

        Proof!, I’m not calling anyone out here, just looking for explanation.

        One site quotes a driver bug but even drivers pre 1050 support exhibit the same cap if simply “inf” modified. Now it could be they are possibly using the driver to override BIOS default behavior.

        I do hope that a fix comes for all those that like to get the most from their purchases and comes soon for perspective buyers.

    • TheLight

      “Overclocking bug” means they don’t want you to ramp these things up to 1800mhz, like many people are already doing so they are going to BIOS lock or driver lock the clocks in a future update, I’m sure. Some are even managing to boost them over 1900mhz in short bursts without exotic cooling but between 1800 and 1900 is about where most people are with them.

      • Agent1

        Must admit I was skeptical of nVidia fixing it, perhaps the likes of LegitReviews had some bearing on the matter.

        Without modifications perhaps we shouldn’t expect anything earth shattering GPU clock wise but memory clock seems to have a nice gain, just need to be careful the memory chips are getting cooled enough.
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  • DANIEL

    It’s pretty clear that the EVGA card is the best. It has the highest stock frequency, the lowest noise production and one of the lowest power consumption readings. I’m not sure how you missed this as the reviewer, but it’s obvious from the stats.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      The performance and power consumption wasn’t significantly different, noise was a wash and the EVGA card cost the most. You can’t tell a difference between the EVGA card and the other two, so that is why the EVGA card wasn’t called the best. I wouldn’t pay more for one of these three cards over the other as the difference is basically nothing. Overclocking right now had all the cards topping out at the same clock speeds, so even that didn’t show a difference. It just goes to show how close all these cards are becoming on the low-end.

    • TheLight

      When it comes to factory OC cards, Zotac makes the fastest factory OC 1050 Ti I have seen so far. eVGA fastest OC=1379/1493. Zotac fastest OC=1392/1506 and the ZOTAC does not require additional power to do it. The fastest eVGA requires a 6-pin. I was going to buy the eVGA until I heard about the Zotac card.