GeForce GTX 1050 - Pascal For Every GamerThe 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. 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:
- BioShock Infinite
- Crysis 3
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Witcher 3
- Ashes of the Singularity
- The Division
|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|
|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 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|
|Price||$109||$139||$249 (July 2016)|
Test SystemBefore 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:
- AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2 for Radeon RX 480/470/460 and Crimson 16.7.3 For All Others
- NVIDIA GeForce 375.63 for GTX 1080/1070/1060/1050Ti/1050/960 and GeForce 362.00 For All Others
Intel X79/LGA2011 PlatformThe 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. Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
|The Intel X79 Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4960X|
ASUS P9X79-E WS
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
|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|
Battlefield 1Battlefield 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. 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. 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. 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 DividedDeus 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 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. 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. 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 4Gears 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. 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 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. 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 4Battlefield 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. 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. 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 4Fallout 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. 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. 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 VGrand 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. 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. 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 DivisionTom 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 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. 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. 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 Strike3Dmark 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.
Fire Strike Benchmark Results:
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:
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 - DX12Ashes 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. We ran the integrated Ashes of the Singularity benchmark utility in DX12 mode with the 'High' Image Quality Profile and disabled VSync. 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 - DX123DMark 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. 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. We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and then with async compute disabled and got the following results: 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. 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 TestingThe 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 Ti 4GB Idle and Load 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.
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.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. **