GeForce GTX 1050 - Pascal For Every Gamer

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 both go on sale today, October 25th. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics cards will be priced from $139.99 and the GeForce GTX 1050 2GB will be priced starting at $109.99. The GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti both are built using the cutting edge NVIDIA GP107 'Pascal' GPU and were designed to be the perfect solution for gamers looking to discover casual PC gaming. GeForce GTX 1050 Pricing NVIDIA claims that the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 GPUs have been designed to deliver the best performance and power efficiency in their class. Internal testing down by NVIDIA shows that the new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti ($139) should easily defeat the AMD Radeon RX 460 ($99) on a bunch of different games, and claims 40% performance improvements and 128% greater power efficiency than its rival. Thanks to such sold performance on the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, NVIDIA believes you’ll be able to play "today’s most popular games" at 60fps on a 1080p display, while drawing just 75W of power. In fact, NVIDIA says that the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti should be able to handle 1080p gaming with medium to high graphics settings and FXAA, MFAA, or 4xMSAA enabled. These games titles include: GeForce GTX 1050 Older PC Upgrade This is why NVIDIA is hoping to get people to upgrade from older graphics cards or those running integrated graphics that are built-in to their CPU that might be looking for a discrete gaming graphics card for the first time ever. If you want to play the latest today's latest game titles, you'll need a discrete graphics card to have a good gaming experience.
  GeForce GTX 1050 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti  GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
GPU GP107 Pascal GP107 Pascal GP106 Pascal
Transistors 3.3 Billion 3.3 Billion 4.4 Billion
Die Size 132mm^2 132mm^2 200mm^2
SMs 5 6 10
CUDA Cores 640 768 1280
Texture Units 40 48 80
ROPs 30 32 48
GPU boost clock 1455MHz 1392MHz 1708MHz
GPU base clock 1354MHz 1290MHz 1506 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Memory clock 7000 MHz 7000 MHz 8000 MHz
Memory interface 128-bit 128-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s  112 GB/s 192 GB/s
Fill Rate (Bilinear) 54.2 GT/s 61.9 GT/s 120.5 GT/s
Power Connectors None None One 6-pin
TDP 75W 75W 120W
Price $109 $139 $249 (July 2016)
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti ships with 768 CUDA Cores and 6 SM units. The memory subsystem of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti consists of four 32-bit memory controllers (128-bit) with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. The base clock speed of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is 1290MHz. The typical Boost Clock speed is 1392MHz. The GeForce GTX 1050 ships with one SM disabled, so there are only 640 CUDA cores and two fewer Texture Units and ROPs. NVIDIA helps make up for this by raising the base clock of the GeForce GTX 1050 to 1354 MHz and the boost up to 1455MHz. GP107 Block Diagram Here is a quick look at the block diagram of a fully enabled GP107 GPU for those that are interested in seeing it! MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 Today we'll be looking at the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition and the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB OC Edition graphics cards. These cards aren't part of the flashy 'Gaming' or 'Hawk' video card series, but they are priced at the NVIDIA MSRP of $109.99 for the GeForce GTX 1050 2GB and $139.99 for the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB. MSI GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 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 comes clocked at 1342MHz base with 1455MHz boost clocks. The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB base model comes clocked at 1354MHz base with a 1455MHz boost clock speed. The model that we are looking at today is the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB OC model comes clocked at 1404MHz base with 1518MHz boost clocks. Both cards are pretty much visually identical and share pretty much all the same parts. Other than the already mentioned GPU differences we noticed that the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was using 4GB of GGDR5 memory by Samsung, while the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 was using 2GB of GDDR5 memory by SKHynix. MSI GTX 1050 Ti OC Back Both the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 measure in at 6.875" in length and will easily fit in the majority of desktop PCs as there is no extra power connector required. Notice that the fan shroud extends past the PCB of the card. The black PCB on the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 cards is just 5.875" in length! MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Connectors MSI went with one DisplayPort 1.4 output, one HDMI 2.0b and a Dual-Link DVI-D connector when it comes to video outputs. The HDMI 2.0 port does support 4K (up to 4096x2160) @ 60Hz! Both the GeForce GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti can drive up to three displays. Now that we have the basics out of the way we can take a look at the test system and get to the benchmarks!

Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we've always done out testing 'hot' since the site started back more than a decade ago. Video Cards & Drivers used for testing: XFX Radeon RX 460 Test System

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-13-13-30 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements. Test System Settings Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard
ASUS P9X79-E WS
Memory
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Video Card GPU-Z Info: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GPU-Z Info MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card GPU-Z Info: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GPU-Z Info Let's move on to the Battlefield 4 benchmark results!

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 (also known as BF1) is the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield Series developed by DICE and published by EA. The game is set during World War I. It was released world wide on October 21, 2016. The singleplayer campaign of Battlefield 1 takes place across six different "War Stories" which revolve around different people in different aspects of the Great War in campaigns such as the Italian Alps and the deserts of Arabia. We benchmark in Through Mud and Blood, which is the second mission in singleplayer campaign. Taking place late in the war, the player assumes the role of Danny Edwards, a British recruit joining the crew of a Mark V Landship named Black Bess as their new tank driver. New to the war and inexperienced in driving the unreliable vehicle, Edwards is given a trial by fire with his first mission: punch through the German line at Cambrai with a broken tank and a crew that has no trust in him. BF1 Through Mud and Blood Battlefield 1 features the Frostbite 3 game engine and has very good graphics with tons of destructibles. Maps also now feature dynamic weather systems, affecting combat in various ways; for example, The St. Quentin Scar can either start as a clear, sunny day, a dark, foggy day, or in the middle of a rainstorm, and switch between them during the round. Battlefield 1 Video Card Settings Battlefield 1 Advanced Video Card Settings We tested BF1 at 1920 x 1080 with the 'Ultra' graphics quality preset in DX12 with the GPU Memory Restriction turned off. We also disabled VSync. bf1-1920x1080 Benchmark Results: At the popular 1080p gaming resolution the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB averages 40.7 FPS while the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB averages 53.3 FPS. Not bad performance and the AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB video card performs just between these two models. If you want to average over 60 FPS on the GeForce GTX 1050 series you'll need to reduce the image quality setting down from Ultra, but it is possible.  

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations. The game was released on August 23rd, 2016 for PC users. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Train Station Deus Ex: Mankind Divided uses a heavily modified version of the Glacier 2 engine that has been tweaked so much that they are now calling it the Dawn game engine. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Graphics Settings We took a look at GPU performance using the 'High' image quality preset with MSAA and VSync turned off. We picked to run just 'High' image quality settings due to how tough this game title is to render and we feel that most gamers will try to target this setting. mankind-1920 Benchmark Results: On this game title we see the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB video card was able to average 30 FPS, which is basically the same as the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB OC as it came in at 29 FPS. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti came in ahead of both cards at 33 FPS on average. This is a tough benchmark that we ran with the DX11 API. 

Gears of War 4

Gears of War is a video game franchise created and originally owned by Epic Games, developed and managed by The Coalition, and owned and published by Microsoft Studios. The series focuses on the conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent & the Swarm. Gears of War 4 was released on October 11, 2016 for the PC and is an interesting game title in the sense that it must be run on Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. It uses the DirectX 12 API with features like async compute and tiled resources. Gears of War 4 Screenshot Microsoft and the developer (The Coalition) have worked hard to make the PC port not suck and have placed over 30 graphics cards settings in the option menu with over 100-plus options that you can adjust. We are using the ultra image quality preset with VSync turned off. Gears of War 4 Graphics Options Gears of War 4 Graphics Options Gears of War 4 comes with a built-in benchmark that appears to be pretty decent and shows the average minimum framerate (bottom 5%) in the results. This is the benchmark that we ran on our graphics cards with Ultra image quality settings to see how they would perform. gears-1920 Benchmark Results: The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB and MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB video cards were performing basically the same in Gears of War 4. The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB was 12 FPS faster than the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, but that is likely has a little due to the extra frame buffer on this tough game title. 

Battlefield 4

bf4-screenshot Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011's Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4's single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have been running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China's current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States. bf4-settings This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the Ultra graphics quality preset as most discrete desktop graphics cards can easily play with this IQ setting at 1080P and we still want to be able to push the higher-end cards down the road. We used FRAPS to benchmark with these settings on the Shanghai level. All tests were done with the DirectX 11 API. bf4 Benchmark Results: In Battlefield 4, the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB video card was able to average 39 FPS, while the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 averaged 60.5 FPS and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti came in with an average of 67.1 FPS! 

Fallout 4

Fallout4 Fallout 4 is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a devastating nuclear war, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3.  The title is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide on November 10th, 2015. fallout4 settings Fallout 4 was benchmarked with ultra image quality settings with TAA and 16x AF. These settings are tough for entry level discrete graphics cards, but are more than playable on high-end gaming graphics cards. V-Sync can't be disabled in the games options, so we edited the necessary INI files and disabled vsync in the driver software as well. We used FRAPS to benchmark Fallout 4 after you emerge from the vault and are in The Commonwealth. fallout4-1920 Benchmark Results: In Fallout 4, at 1080p resolution, the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB averaged 39.7 FPS and the GeForce GTX 1050 2GB was able to beat that with an average of 53.5 FPS and the GTX 1050 Ti 4GB came in at 59.3 FPS. 

Grand Theft Auto V

GTAV Grand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015.  Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos.  It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements. GTA5-settings GTA5-settings2 In Grand Theft Auto V we set the game to run with no MSAA with 16x AF and high image quality settings as we didn't want the GPU to bottleneck the system too bad, but wanted a setup that your average gamer would actually play on. We used the games built-in benchmark utility to have at least one game we used that could be compared to your setup at home. We averaged all the five of the default benchmark runs and omitted both the minimum and maximum values as those results are garbage due to major inconsistencies. gtav-1920 1080P Benchmark Results: The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB graphics card came in at 41.2 FPS and that looked slow compared to the 63.5 FPS average delivered by the GeForce GTX 1050 2GB. The faster GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cranked out an impressive 68.9 FPS average! 

Tom Clancy's The Division

TheDivision Tom Clancy's The Division is an online-only open world third-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was announced during Ubisoft's E3 2013 press conference, and was released worldwide on March 8th, 2016. The Division is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpoxpandemic; the player, who is an agent of the titular Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply "The Division", is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division's operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake. The Division is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer. The Division settings The Division uses Ubisoft's new proprietary engine known as Snowdrop, which is made for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Snowdrop was created in-house, at Massive, in response to a specific requirement: to do things better, not bigger. The engine focuses on dynamic global illumination, stunning procedural destruction and a great amount of detail and visual effects. The developers wanted a powerful engine that works intelligently and not by brute force only. The Division settings We ran The Division with the image quality settings set at Ultra and VSYNC was disabled. We tried to FRAPS to benchmark with these settings, but found it was pretty much impossible due to the night and day cycle always changing when you enter the game and the spot where you load in the open world is slightly different. Unable to get consistent results we resorted to used the games built-in benchmark. division-1920 1080P Benchmark Results: The Division is pretty tough on graphics card and the AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB could only average 27.8 FPS versus with our tough image quality settings. The GeForce GTX 1050 2GB was able to beat that with a 30.4 FPS average and then the GTX 1050 Ti 4GB was able to best that with a 34.0 FPS average.   

3DMark Fire Strike

3Dmark Fire Strike Benchmark Results - For high performance gaming PCs Use Fire Strike to test the performance of dedicated gaming PCs, or use the Fire Strike Extreme preset for high-end systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike uses a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine to test DirectX 11 hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike

Fire Strike Benchmark Results:

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Benchmark Results: The GeForce GTX 1050 2GB turned in a score of 6,150 points and the GTX 1050 Ti came in above that with 6,789 points. The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB graphics card scored 5,2213 points on 3DMark Fire Strike. 

Fire Strike Extreme Benchmark Results: 3dmark-firestrikex

Benchmark Results: In 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme the GeForce GTX 1050 scored 3,138 versus the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB scoring 2,510 points. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti scored 3,517 points, which was a bit behind the 4,769 scored by the XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition.

Ashes of the Singularity - DX12

Ashes of the Singularity Battle Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in the future where descendants of humans (called Post- Humans) and a powerful artificial intelligence (called the Substrate) fight a war for control of a resource known as Turinium. Players will engage in massive-scale land/air battles by commanding entire armies of their own design. Each game takes place on one area of a planet, with each player starting with a home base (known as a Nexus) and a single construction unit. ashes options menu We ran the integrated Ashes of the Singularity benchmark utility in DX12 mode with the 'High' Image Quality Profile and disabled VSync. ashes-1920 1080P Benchmark Results: The GeForce GTX 1050 2GB averaged 31 FPS and that was better than the 29 FPS average on the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB in Ashes of the Singularity using the DX12 API. 

3DMark Time Spy - DX12

3DMark Time Spy just recently came out and it is the latest and greatest DirectX 12 benchmark test for gaming PCs running Windows 10. This DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 benchmark utilizes a pure DirectX 12 game engine that supports features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading! The developers opted to use DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 to ensuring wide compatibility with DirectX 11 hardware through DirectX 12 drivers. 3DMark Time Spy With DirectX 12 on Windows 10, game developers can significantly improve the multi-thread scaling and hardware utilization of their titles to draw more objects, textures and effects for your viewing enjoyment. 3DMark Fire Strike is a great high-end DirectX 11 benchmark test, but doesn't really show off what new graphics cards can do on a DirectX 12 game title that will have much more going on while you are playing. 3DMark Time Spy Settings We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and then with async compute disabled and got the following results: timespy In this DX12 benchmark we see the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB came in with a score of 1,925 points, but that wasn't enough as the GeForce GTX 1050 scored 2,045  points and the GTX 1050 Ti came in at 2,499 points. timespy-async-gpu With Async Compute disabled we were shocked to see the performance drop as much as they did! Usually, the score goes up on NVIDIA cards!

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 2GB Idle and Load Temps: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Temps MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Idle and Load Temps: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Temps When it comes to temperatures both of the 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.

noise-1050 The single fan cooler design on the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB OC and the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC is pretty basic, but it isn't too loud. We did notice that one of the fans on our cards made a ticking noise at some RPM's, so hopefully our card just has a bad fan and that this isn't an issue with the entire series. ** 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. **

Power Consumption

MSI GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran Battlefield 4 at 3840x2160 and recorded the average idle reading and the peak gaming reading on the power meter. powerconsumption Power Consumption Results: With the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB video card installed in the system we topped out at 221 Watts when running BF4 at 4K resolutions and used 95 W at idle. Not bad performance numbersand the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 used just 194 Watts at full load. The idle on the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 was slightly higher than the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but you have to keep in mind that leakage is different on all GPUs and these two cards use different brands GDDR5 memory that may use different voltages. 

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

NVIDIA is aiming the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at the causal PC gamers that might be getting into eSports for the very first time. The performance you get at the $109 and $139 price points is better than ever. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB appears to be the best deal at the $109 price point as it beat the AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB in the majority of the tests that we ran and that is impressive since it has half the frame buffer. AMD slashed the price of the Radeon RX 460 2GB to $99 earlier this week and it appears that we know why they hurried up and adjusted their lower-end card pricing.  The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics card at $139 is pretty interesting as it costs less than the AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB (starting at $169) and has pretty good performance for the price as long as you are willing to reduce image quality settings to dial in your framerate to 60 FPS averages. The GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti won't be impressive to high-end gamers using greater than 1080P displays, but casual gamers with a 1080p display and a budget will find good value here. The eSports market is growing thanks to record prizes and these two new cards will help introduce PC gaming to new gamers. It is also enough card for MOBA gamers at 1080p! esports The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB OC Edition and MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition video cards that we used for the review today are pretty much the base models offered by MSI. We were impressed by the temperatures, noise and performance had from the base model. The higher-end 'Gaming' series models have larger custom coolers and more impressive looks, but our temperature tests and benchmarks show that you really don't need that for this series. MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB cards are hitting the street today with pricing starting at $139 and going up from there. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 will see some limited availability today, but the bulk of the cards will be arriving before November 8th and they will feature prices starting at $109. Both cards are pretty solid at their respective price points, but between these two cards we'd highly recommend the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. That is because it offers significantly more performance and you really do need more than 2GB of memory for 1080P gaming these days. For example take a look at the memory usage on Gears of War 4 on the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti below. gears-memory The GeForce GTX 1050 2GB is using all its memory, while the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB still has a little extra left at 1920 x 1080. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was found to be 32% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 in this game title and that performance difference is massive. It also goes to show why NVIDIA is charging $30 more (27.5%) for the Ti version. LR Recommended Award Legit Bottom Line:  The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 are the most affordable Pascal powered cards ever, but we favor the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti as we think it will be more future proof.