Overclocking: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC Pushed To The Max

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Overclocking

When the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti came out earlier this week we didn’t have enough time to properly overclock it, but we were impressed by the performance that the stock card had for $140 price point. The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC graphics card ($139.99) showed that it could easily beat the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB that also just happens to be priced at $139.99 shipped and it was usually performing close to the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 Super SuperClocked 4GB that was priced at $239 just one year ago. It made us wonder just how much more could we improve performance if we manually overclocked it?

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC

The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G base model comes clocked at 1290MHz base with a 1392MHz boost clock speed. The model that we are looking at today is the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC model that comes factory overclocked 1342MHz base with 1455MHz boost clocks. NVIDIA said that you’ll be able to “hit speeds in excess of 1,900MHz with ease” when overclocking the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, so we will be using the MSI Afterburner Utility to see just how far we can push the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

MSI Afterburner

The first thing we noticed in MSI Afterburner 4.3.0 Beta 14 is that the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC graphics card unfortunately doesn’t have too many overclocking knobs to turn. For example, there is no core voltage adjustment on this series nor is there the ability to raise the power limit percentage past 100%. NVIDIA says you don’t need any extra voltage to get over 1900MHz on this card and with no external power connectors on the board the voltage controls might have been removed so the card doesn’t use more than 75W of power. The good news is you can manually adjust the core and memory clocks as well as the temperature limit and the fan speed.

MSI Afterburner Overclock GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

We were able to increase our core clock up to +175 MHz and the memory clock to +750 MHz without making any other changes. This increased our base clock from 1342 MHz up to 1517 MHz and the boost clock from 1455 MHz up to 1630 MHz. The memory clock went from 1752 MHz (7008 MHz effective) up to 2127 MHz to 8,508 MHz or so we thought.

Max Overclock MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC

After running some benchmarks and looking at the logs we found that our cards 4GB GDDR5 memory was actually locked at 8008 MHz and that we were unable to get over get over 1911MHz on the core. We asked NVIDIA about overclocking limitations on the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and were told that they were looking into it. When we asked MSI USA about the overclocking wall that we were hitting they said that there was most likely a limit placed on the card and followed that up by saying most “All NVIDIA cards are usually locked.” Maybe lower-end cards are limited, but we disagree with the statement that most NVIDIA graphics cards are locked.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Actual Game Clocks

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Actual Game Clocks

We took a look at our GPU-Z logs that we keep during benchmarking runs and charted a couple of them for you to see. The only time we were hitting over 1900 MHz was while we were in the game menu or loading the maps when when the GPU load wasn’t 100%. The average clock speed in Deus Ex: Mankind divided was 1846 MHz and in Battlefield 4 it was 1837 MHz, both of which are very respectable seeing how the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has a suggested 1290 MHz base clock on paper. In Battlefield 4 we noticed the clock speed was pegged at just 99% until the very end where it hit 100% load for the first time. GPU-Z showed that the card was power limited while gaming, so the clock speeds vary due to this and are not very consistent.

bf4-clocks

This made us wonder what clock speed consistency looked like on the stock MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC, so we took a look and found that the clock speeds still varied and weren’t consistent. In the run of BF4 above we averaged 1724 MHz and it eventually flat lined at 1721 MHz at the end of the run. So, our 175 MHz overclock on the core clock helped our average core clock in BF4 go from 1724 MHz to 1837 MHz, which is an increase of 113 MHz.

MSI GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition

Now that we have the basics out of the way we can take a look at the test system and get to the benchmarks!

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  • Brendan Kurtz

    Seems like most people here don’t know that to get the best tuning on the 1050TI OC you have to use EVGA’s program specifically, it includes things like Voltage tuning and allows a Vast array more control than Afterburner because they specifically designed the card not to be affected by Any non-evga program. “EVGA precision-X”: is the program

  • Nusret Memmedxanli

    I have Asus ROG strix OC edition gtx 1050 ti and PSU Evga 500 watt 80 plus bronze. Which settings should be best for me? Thanks.

  • Json Octavio

    Hi i just want to ask why i only have GPU CLOCK: 1492 MHz BOOST: 1605 MHz on the same card that you have and you have GPU CLOCK: 1504 MHz BOOST: 1618. Does my i5 6400 processor and 8gb 2133 hertz ram matter?. i hope you reply.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/23669e48d7587eddcfd99c477603ff2c52d4ef2c54fe02d042bc60aa8fd3f7ee.png

    • Sodium Hydroxide

      I’m facing the same problem, my card used to hit 1911 on my old motherboard, but i had to change it recently and now it only gets to hit 1864mhz

  • Juliano Santos

    I think the ideal in it is 10% since it does not have energy exatra aliementação I use the way without day to day >> https://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/details/e4wrq

  • Daniel

    Also I just realised I hit 1911 MHz, but it is not consistent, how can I keep it so at least most of the time it is running at 1911MHz?

  • Daniel

    I can crank my core clock up to +200 but the MHz displayed on MSI Afterburner does not change

  • Daniel

    My core clock is the exact same as yours, but I can’t hit 1911Mhz
    Also, it says my GPU Clock is 1471Mhz on GPU Z
    I have the ASUS Auto extreme 4GB version of the GTX 1050Ti
    Someone help me please

  • Oscar Velazquez

    I just got the Gigabyte 1050ti 4gb LOW profile, it feels so weird that it beats my old 960 2gb, even with less cuda cores, i was only able to increase 50mhz and be stable on ALL games/benchmarks
    All of these paired with a i5 or r5 can game high quality 1080 no problem!

  • afulkem

    hello guys
    my best
    core voltage +25
    power limit 100
    core clock +125
    memory clock + 500
    fan speed auto

    and i made a lot of benchmark and stress test.. max temp is 70 C

    • Julius Andrew Morabe

      Thanks bud, copied your settings. Stable 1911mhz at 60C 🙂

      • iMagic

        my best: +100 core voltage, +100 power limit, +175 core clock, +902 memory clock, fan auto, Max Temp: 70 C. I have the Windforce edition 2 fans.

        • Jônas Guerra

          your card is a Gigabyte windforce 1050ti 4GB OC too?
          You’re adding core voltage, is it safe?

  • Kabir Kwatra

    I don’ know what i have done, I am able to reach +2270 memory clock using GPUTWEAK

  • Greg Gallacci

    Oh, you wanted the over-clock edition!
    PNY GTX 1050 Ti OC XLR8.
    There’s something you don’t see everyday, an external power connection!
    Afterburner 4.3.0 sees this GPU, it shows core voltage boost controls, GPU power limits, GPU temperature limits.
    Hit CTRL + F, and the voltage/frequency editor pops up.
    Want 1.111 volts at 2037 MHz? adjust the curve.
    2037 core, 4108 mem.
    And all under 110F at around 78 watts.

  • Leaf-Ar

    Please advice, I have no problem, rather the contrary. GTX 1050 I’m not overclocked. never. I have only MSI After Burner, no any other application. When playing, watching fps, monitoring, afterburner is set by default. but the core clock is 1721MHz memory clock and 3504 …… what does it mean? I’ve won the silicon lottery, and I have mutated GPU ?
    everything is fine and stable, I do not understand it

    • slávek boura
      • Paulo Ferreira

        As I said above I have exactly the same problem,the core remains to high even after play the game,I must restart the computer if I want use the computer quietly,do you solve your problem?

        • Juliano Santos

          Here solve a later removal of the tire changers completely, after a moment of new and never happened again , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap8ZsoqQUdI I hope I have helped

        • Paulo Ferreira

          Teve a ver com um bitcoin miner, já limpei.

        • Paulo Ferreira

          Teve a ver com um bitcoin miner, já limpei.

    • Paulo Ferreira

      I have a Assus and after play a game the core remains high to,I don’t wait to see how much time,and as I use to turn of my computer after play I didn’t notice it before.You solved you case?

  • Plamen Dobrev

    May I ask what happened with the driver update for the 1050ti?

  • Renars Uzulniks

    Hey, i have an Asus Phoenix 4gb GTX 1050 ti, and i would like to know, can i owerclock it the right the same like you did? I am asking it because you are using an MSI videocard, and i am using an Asus videocard. https://www.asus.com/Graphics-Cards/PH-GTX1050TI-4G/

  • Classic Memes

    When I overclock GPUs I use 3DMark for stress tests, but my gpu (msi gtx 1050 ti 4g oc) crashes at +135 MHz. Is there a way I can fix it? Because I really want those extra MHz

    • eg3e

      mine is chrashes at 135 too because its running at 1911mhz stable at +122 with afterburner i can see the core clock of my gpu on my keybords screen (my keyboard is g510)

  • Donoven Ryder

    run dual 1080’s like me and when the 1080 titan comes out get 2 of those…I plan to.

    • Snwww

      Thats a insane setup!

  • Eric Scaldeferri

    I tried OCing my 1050 ti yesterday and gave up after seeing it hit power limit even at stock settings. Should I not have cared so much about that?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      It should not be a concern as NVIDIA has capped the power draw at like 74.8 Watts or something like that in the software. It’s designed to run that much power, so maxing it is fine. The temps on the three 1050 Ti’s that I have run so far barely hit 60C when the max temp is 97C. Hopefully NVIDIA releases a driver fix for the MHz cap (bug) on these cards. How are you liking the 1050 Ti and what did you replace?

      • Eric Scaldeferri

        So it’s fine to OC it and have it constantly be hitting power limit as long as it’s stable? Yeah it never got over 60C I just stopped working on it until I could get more info when even a +25 had it constantly hitting the power limit. I’m liking it so far, the only thing I’m still working to get 1080 60fps on is the division, that was really the only reason I was OCing it (well and also just to learn about it). It’s replacing my 12 y/o computer that was a core 2 duo with like an AMD 4500HD or something. So huge improvement, it’s really just a stop gap for me though as I wanted a new computer and am just going to use this until I get the extra money for a 1080 and a 1440 ultrawide monitor.

    • Drew Jones

      Your computer is 7 years old? Mine is 9, and I want to update as it’s a hand-me-down, it has a sapphire Radeon had 4650 and has 2.0 pcie, I want to upgrade but I’m worried about bottle necking with a new graphics card, and I may need a new power supply Depending on what card I get, what are you doing to your computer to upgrade it?

      • Raphaël Le Coustre

        I had, while upgrading, a problem with my GTX 1050: it wasn’t recognised by my actual mobo, a stock one (HP Elite 7300). Need to change that, and my CPU aswell (had a i5 Sandy Bridge). Look up for some 450-500W PSU too, while upgrading.

  • i never seen so many used video cards on craig’s list in Vancouver, as of this week. every one wants to dump their 68xx 79xx for 100 or less, looking to pick up a 960 for 80 bucks, ” i hope “

    • Nathan Kirsch

      $80 for a GeForce GTX 960 4GB would be a steal! I took a look online and it looks like most are still in the $150-$160 range with 2GB models hitting $115.