MSI GEFORCE GTX 1050 & 1050 TI GAMING X REVIEW

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NVIDIA launches its new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to lớn not just compete, but beat AMD"s budget Radeon RX 460. We check out MSI"s Gaming X 4G version.

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MSI continues lớn expand its GTX 10 series dominance with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G, a graphics thẻ that is capable of 1080p 60FPS in Battlefield 1 và over 140FPS in Overwatch. It"s incredible performance for a mid-range thẻ that also provides a near-silent gaming experience.

Introduction

NVIDIA has been on a rampage throughout năm 2016 with GPU announcements & launches, starting it all off in May with the reveal and release of the first consumer graphics thẻ based on the Pascal architecture in the form of the GeForce GTX 1080 & GTX 1070.


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Between May and now, we"ve also had the new Titan X & GeForce GTX 1060 revealed, as well as notebook GPUs launched at NVIDIA"s London sự kiện in August. So khổng lồ say 2016 has been busy has been an understatement - and trust me, I"ve spent over 200 hours flying around the world to these GPU events (not just NVIDIA, but AMD"s events as well) - và it never stops. We"re back again with the GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti, with the first thẻ off the GP107 rank being MSI"s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G.

But before we dive into MSI"s card, let"s walk through what NVIDIA"s new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is capable of, và what type of performance/feature benefit we"re going to experience coming in from the GTX 600, GTX 700 & GTX 900 series graphics cards.


GIVEAWAY: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G / 2G (running for the next two weeks)

FTW: Continued Focus on eSports


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NVIDIA has been heavily focused on eSports for a while now, and it"s something that I admire about the company. It has nothing to bởi with the nhận xét and won"t change my thoughts on the card, but the mid-range market is where gamers will be upgrading their PCs & setting up new PCs - & millions of them watch, participate, & love eSports.


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The money being pumped into eSports continues lớn skyrocket, with 206 million eSports fans in 2014 - growing lớn a huge 292 million in 2016, & the year isn"t even over yet. DOTA 2 continues to lớn pile money onto the mound, with $20 million+ offered during the last The International tournament.


This is where NVIDIA steps in with some facts on the gaming industry, with the GeForce brand being the #1 brand in PC gaming with over 100 million GeForce gamers in the world now. NVIDIA"s graphics card hardware is #1 on Steam, #1 for iCafe use, and #1 for professional eSports.

What"s the Difference? GeForce GTX 1050 + GTX 1050 Ti

NVIDIA has launched two new graphics cards, with the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which are both quite similar in some aspects, and in others, they are very different beasts.


Starting with the GeForce GTX 1050, we have 640 CUDA cores from the Pascal architecture, 2GB of GDDR5 RAM, & a 75W TDP. The faster GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has 768 CUDA cores, 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, và the same 75W TDP. Both graphics cards are launching today, October 25 - with retail availability expected for November 8.

Price wise, NVIDIA has priced the GeForce GTX 1050 at $109 while the higher-end GTX 1050 Ti has a price of $139.

Specs, Cooling Tech & Detailed Look

Twin Frozr VI Returns

MSI has one of the best GPU coolers in the business with its Twin Frozr technology, using the same cooler that the higher-end GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1070, & GTX 1080 graphics cards are cooled with. Since the GTX 1050 Ti is aimed at the mainstream and mid-range markets, silent operation is a nice cảm biến for the price - with the fans not spooling up until the card hits 60C.


NVIDIA"s impressive Pascal architecture has some nice tricks under its 16nm FinFET hood, but the Twin Frozr VI cooler is 40% quieter than its predecessor (the Twin Frozr V), & it also keeps the card 20% cooler. Set this in with NVIDIA"s GPU Boost 3.0 technology, và you have a graphics card that looks after itself on both sides of the GPU coin.


Slick Looks Also Return

MSI has one of the best-looking graphics cards on the market, most of it thanks to lớn the slick style of the Twin Frozr cooler. This is a personal thing, but there are also waves of MSI and general GPU/technology enthusiasts và fans that love the style as well.

It"s not all great if the thẻ looks great và doesn"t perform well, but we know that MSI cards aren"t just great on the outside, they"re also kick ass on the inside.


Gone is the usual 3 x DP connectivity of the higher-end GTX 10 series cards, with 1 x DP, 1 x HDMI 2.0 & 1 x DVI connector.


The vị trí cao nhất of the card, with the MSI logo and iconic dragon lớn the left, & the LEDs lớn the right - just next lớn the single 6-pin PCIe power nguồn connector.


Speaking of the 6-pin PCIe nguồn connector, the GTX 1050 Ti has one, but the GTX 1050 does not, it"s powered purely from the power nguồn supplied by the x16 PCIe port.

Testing Methodology & Test cài đặt Configuration

Testing Method

The games with built-in benchmarks were run on Ultra (or their highest preset, but by another name) with AA (anti-aliasing) disabled. Overwatch và Battlefield 1 are run in real-time multiplayer matches, with their highest settings enabled & once again, AA disabled. We played two full-length games (5-10 minutes each) of Overwatch, while we played around 5 minutes of BF1 64-player matches in Conquest mode playing in one bản đồ with clear weather, & another map with dynamic weather & then averaged the results from these two runs.

This will provide us with enough variety, but I"m on the hunt for new benchmarks all the time. Now that both Deus Ex: Mankind Divided và Battlefield 1 are here, I"ve now revamped my entire graphics card reviews structure to include those games. Both of them work with DX12, so we can get a good look at the performance not just between DX11 and DX12, but the performance difference between AMD và NVIDIA in both DX11 and DX12.

Included in our changes of the games we play and test, is Overwatch. Overwatch is a great trò chơi to test to see how the mid-range cards like the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, because it can easily hit 60FPS, & still be a great looking trò chơi that is incredibly fun, too. We run Overwatch in real-time matches with 12 players, with all of the intensity, explosions, energy beams và everything else happening - I have a really fun job.


Anthony"s đoạn clip Card demo System Specifications

Drivers: NVIDIA GeForce 375.57 & AMD Catalyst 16.10.2 hotfix

Benchmarks - Synthetic

3DMark Fire Strike - 1080p


3DMark has been a staple benchmark for years now, all the way back lớn when The Matrix was released and Futuremark had bullet time inspired benchmarks. 3DMark is the perfect tool lớn see if your system - most important, your CPU & GPU - is performing as it should. You can tìm kiếm results for your GPU, to see if it falls in line with other systems based on similar hardware.


Heaven is an intensive GPU benchmark that really pushes your silicon to its limits. It"s another favorite of ours as it has some great scaling for multi-GPU testing, & it"s great for getting your GPU to lớn 100% for power and noise testing.


Benchmarks
1080p

1080p Benchmarks


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Battlefield 1 is the latest and greatest first-person shooter from EA DICE, powered by the incredibly beautiful và high-end Frostbite engine. It has DX11 and DX12 support, so we test both - it"s one of the games we run in real-time 64-player multiplayer matches.

You can buy Battlefield 1 at Amazon.


Far Cry Primal is a game built on the impressive Dunia Engine 2 with wide open, beautiful environments. It might look stunning, but the performance is actually quite good - but most cards will be stressed at 1440p, & especially so at 4K and beyond.

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You can buy Far Cry Primal at Amazon.


We recently changed over lớn Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the "definitive" version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to lớn their limits.


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU & its VRAM lượt thích it"s nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.


Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own "Foundation" engine khổng lồ build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI và AMD Radeon CrossFire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.


Benchmarks - DX12 và Real World Gaming

New Testing

We"re now testing some new games, including Overwatch, which runs beautifully on mid-range hardware, & we"re also running Battlefield 1 in 64-player multiplayer sessions. After testing various maps và methods, we are running an entire match of Overwatch (6v6) & a 5-minute round of 64-player Conquest mode in Battlefield 1.


After many hours of gaming - yeah, this job is pretty awesome - we found that there was a 3-6% variance in the minimum và average FPS. We could get this lower, but it would require magnitudes more time, and it would never get lớn 0-1%. This gives us the best of both worlds, as you can throw a 10% average mix onto the numbers, & still get a near accurate result for real-world testing - và not just the built-in benchmarks.


Battlefield 1 is the latest và greatest first-person shooter from EA DICE, powered by the incredibly beautiful and high-end Frostbite engine. It has DX11 & DX12 support, so we chạy thử both - it"s one of the games we run in real-time 64-player multiplayer matches.

You can buy Battlefield 1 at Amazon.


Blizzard created one of the best team-based first-person shooters with Overwatch, which looks great và runs ridiculously smooth, even on lower-end hardware.

You can buy Overwatch at Amazon.


Performance Summary & Final Thoughts

1080p 60FPS
$139


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Battlefield 1: NVIDIA has launched a GPU that is capable of playing games like Battlefield 1 at 1080p 60FPS on Ultra details (without AA enabled), và that"s easy for the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G. Enabling 1080p 60FPS gaming on the PC in a game as good looking as Battlefield 1 starting at $139 is damn good, really damn good. This is an amazing achievement for EA DICE, as they"ve made some improvements lớn their Frostbite engine that have made it incredibly efficient - so much so that a mid-range $109 graphics card in the GTX 1050 can run it at 1080p at nearly 60FPS average.


Overwatch: Blizzard has always made super-efficient games, which don"t require crazy amounts of GPU horsepower. We saw the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G hitting over 140FPS at 1080p without a problem. That"s insane, as it means you can buy a 144Hz G-Sync display and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti và enjoy 144FPS average in Overwatch at 1080p. It"s really an incredible thing lớn see at this price point for a trò chơi as popular as Overwatch.

Temps, Noise & Power

We were pushing the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G lớn its limits, with hours of benchmarking and our new real-world gaming sessions with Battlefield 1 & Overwatch, but the thẻ didn"t budge. It was sitting comfortably at around 63C during Battlefield 1, with the fans barely spinning up to make noise.

As for the nguồn consumption, our entire system was hitting 175W during Battlefield 1 - this is compared lớn the Radeon RX 480 reference card from AMD that consumes around 220W (and 250W at launch). The GeForce GTX 1070 consumes 215W for example, while the Radeon R9 Fury X hits 300W.

RX 470 vs. GTX 1050 Ti

This is where AMD has NVIDIA right now, as the Radeon RX 470 is faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in everything - và in a big way. The RX 470 is over $50 more expensive, but it is the faster card. The Radeon RX 460, on the other hand, is slower than the GTX 1050 Ti, and not far behind the GTX 1050.


The thing is, most people buying these mid-range cards will only have a 60Hz monitor, limiting your purchase decisions lớn something that hits around 60FPS, và not up khổng lồ 90-100FPS like the RX 470. But Anthony, more performance is better - why are you telling us to lớn buy the cheaper card? Easy: performance per dollar. NVIDIA wins at performance bang for the buck with the GTX 1050 và GTX 1050 Ti, as they sit below the RX 470 regarding performance, but far lower when it comes to cost.

On the flip side, the RX 470 has more grunt left over to lớn hit 60FPS with anti-aliasing and other details turned up, compared lớn the GTX 1050 Ti, which would begin lớn sink below 60FPS with those things turned up.

I would recommend the GTX 1050 Ti for those who are NVIDIA fans or are looking for an tăng cấp from the older GTX 650/750 class cards. If you are looking at getting a new 1080p-capable G-Sync display, the GTX 1050 Ti is a fine choice. It is capable of 60FPS in the games out right now, especially the likes of League of Legends, CS:GO, Overwatch, & even Battlefield 1.

Final Thoughts

GIVEAWAY: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G / 2G (running for the next two weeks)


If you"re looking to lớn upgrade from your older GTX 750, GTX 760, GTX 950, or even GTX 960, the new GTX 1050 Ti is quite the alternative. We have the new Pascal architecture from NVIDIA, which provides DX12 support, great VR technologies lượt thích Multi-Res Shading, and an energy-efficient card which doesn"t even require a PCIe nguồn connector, and runs from the 75W directly out of the PCIe x16 port on your motherboard. The overclocked MSI version of the GTX 1050 Ti we have here requires a single 6-pin PCIe nguồn connector.

MSI tunes their GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G very well. The fans didn"t even bother khổng lồ spin up most of the time, only during our intense gaming sessions. This is something I"ve become accustomed to lớn with MSI, as their Twin Frozr cooling công nghệ is incredibly efficient at getting the heat away from the GPU & VRMs, and keeping the entire graphics thẻ cool.


Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)90%
Bundle, Packaging và Software95%
Value for Money95%
Overall94%

The Bottom Line: MSI continues to expand its GTX 10 series dominance with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G, a graphics thẻ that is capable of 1080p 60FPS in Battlefield 1 & over 140FPS in Overwatch. It"s incredible performance for a mid-range card that also provides a near-silent gaming experience.


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Anthony Garreffa

Anthony joined the 6struyenky.vn team in 2010 & has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse khổng lồ aim, he has been addicted khổng lồ gaming và hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to lớn GPU tech is unwavering.

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