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

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Retail Packaging

Usually when we do video card roundups there is a pretty clear winner, but this time around there is not. All three GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards were basically performing the same and the results were too close to call a winner. Maybe when the overclocking issues are fixed with a future GeForce driver release we’ll be able to see some performance differences, but right now they are just too close to one another. The feature table below shows just how similar the cards are.

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 we were looking at our benchmarks logs we noticed that while the specifications of the cards showed a 51 MHz difference between the slowest and fastest cards that the real clock speeds were much closer than that. Check out the chart below as this one chart sums up the performance between the cards the best in our opinion.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Sustained Clock Frequency in BF4

Over a 2 minute FRAPS benchmark run there is basically no difference in clock speed between the cards thanks to NVIDIA GPU Boost technology, which was shocking. What was even more interesting is that when you averaged the clock speeds over a two minute section of the run that they were very close and well over the rated boost clocks. The three cards we reviewed today were rated as having boost clocks between 1400-1500 MHz, but clearly they are all running over 1700MHz as you can see above and below. The average clock speeds on the slowest and fastest cards were only apart by 18.4 MHz!

Average Clock Speeds Over 2 Minutes:

  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB SC Gaming Average Clock: 1727.1 MHz
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC Average Clock: 1722.2 MHz
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Average Clock: 1708.7 MHz

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Cards

So, what card is right for you? That is totally up to you, but it doesn’t look like you can go wrong. Paying more for a factory overclocked card doesn’t appear to get you much of a performance gain on this series as NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 seems to extract the most performance from each card regardless stock settings. Factor in manual overclocking and that model that costs extra doesn’t look like so much of a bargain.  This is one of the rare times that you can actually pick on appearance or pick your favorite brand without being jealous of what one of the other companies is doing. Then again, all three of the cards we looked at today have black fans, black PCBs and black black fan shrouds. Could buying the lowest price card actually make sense for this series?

LR Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line:  Three GeForce GTX 1050 Ti video cards tested with no significant differences between them to be found, so grab the one you prefer and game happy!


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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.