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

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Temperature & Noise Testing

The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC Idle and Load Temps:

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Temps

EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB SC Gaming Idle and Load Temps:

evga-temps

Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Idle and Load Temps:

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When it comes to temperatures all three of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti got no where near their peak operating departure of 97C! cards we great despite the tiny heat sinks! We were seeing 25C idle and 60C on the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB card and just 1C higher on the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB card. Notice that the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was boosting up to 1809 MHz at times, which was higher than the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 that topped out at 1759MHz. We found this a little odd as the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 has a higher base and boost clock on paper.

Sound Testing

We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

motherboard-noise

The single fan cooler design on the these three cards isn’t bad and most were just a few dB above their idle noise levels. Sure the EVGA GEForce GX 1050 Ti SC Gaming had a lower 40.9 dB reading, but the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC didn’t sound too much louder at 42.2 dB and besides you have to remember two things. This is on an open air test bench and the sound meter itself has a ±1.5dB accuracy. Too close to call any winners on the noise front, but all are very quiet and shouldn’t be annoying by any means. The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti did make a slight ticking sound when ramping up and down the fan curve profile as the cards temperature changed, but it wasn’t terrible.

** The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X reference card that we are using was the original model with a loud water pump that whines. AMD changed the pump design before the cards hit the retail market, but wasn’t willing to replace ours. We expect retail cards to perform quieter for this and hopefully AMD will send us a replacement card for proper noise testing. **

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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.