PNY GeForce GTX 1050 Review


Today, a quick review of the PNY GeForce GTX 1050.

Article index:

1 – Overview

The PNY GeForce GTX 1050 is an entry level graphics card based on a cut-down version of the Pascal GP107 GPU (first GPU built with Samsung 14nm process). A full GP107 (GTX 1050 Ti) GPU has 768 CUDA cores. The GTX 1050 packs 640 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 40 texture units. The PNY GTX 1050 follows NVIDIA reference clock speeds: 1354MHz for the base clock and 1455MHz for the boost clock. The card comes with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory and has a TDP of 75W.

The homepage of the PNY GTX 1050 can be found HERE.

2 – Gallery

The bundle is very simple: the GTX 1050, a user’s guide and a CDROM with drivers.


PNY GeForce GTX 1050

 
The GTX 1050 has one DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0 and one DVI connectors:


PNY GeForce GTX 1050

 
The fan has a diameter of 85mm and spins all the time, there is no 0dB-fan technology for this kind of graphics card.


PNY GeForce GTX 1050
PNY GeForce GTX 1050

 
The PCB has no additional power connector: this 75W-TDP card can draw all juice from the PCI-Express slot.


PNY GeForce GTX 1050
PNY GeForce GTX 1050
PNY GeForce GTX 1050

3 – GPU Data


PNY GeForce GTX 1050 - GPU Caps Viewer
PNY GeForce GTX 1050 - GPU Shark

4 – Benchmarks

Testbed configuration:
– CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K @ 3.5GHz
– Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
– Memory: 8GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance LPX @ 2666MHz
– PSU: Corsair AX860i
– Software: Windows 10 64-bit + NVIDIA R376.09

4.1 – 3DMark Sky Diver

29024 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix – R368.51
28328 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO – R376.09
26828 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – R376.09
25134 – ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti – R353.06
23038 – ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Strix – R344.75
21964 – MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming – Catalyst 14.9 WHQL
21811 – Gainward GeForce GTX 970 Phantom – R344.75
20274 – EVGA GeForce GTX 780 – R344.75
17570 – MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Catalyst 14.9 WHQL
17533 – EVGA GeForce GTX 680 – R344.75
16703 – PNY GTX 1050 – R376.09

4.2 – 3DMark Fire Strike

Fire Strike is a Direct3D 11 benchmark for high-performance gaming PCs with serious graphics cards.


3DMark Fire Strike

15583 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix – R368.51
14810 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO – R376.09
13438 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – R376.09
12514 – ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti – R353.06
10574 – ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Strix – R344.75
9382 – MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming – Catalyst 14.9 WHQL
8870 – MSI GTX 970 CLASSIC 4GD5T OC – R344.75
8203 – EVGA GeForce GTX 780 – R344.75
6572 – MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Catalyst 14.9 WHQL
6399 – ASUS Strix GTX 960 DC2 OC 4GB – R353.06
6235 – EVGA GeForce GTX 680 – R344.75
5809 – PNY GTX 1050 – R376.09

4.3 – 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

This test is not available for the GTX 1050. Likely because of the amount of video memory: 2GB…

4.4 – 3DMark Time Spy

6393 (Graphics score: 7449) – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix – R372.54
6162 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO – R376.09
5358 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – R376.09
4177 (Graphics score: 4274) – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC – R368.81
3658 (Graphics score: 3640) – MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X – Crimson 16.8.2
3410 (Graphics score: 3382) – MSI GTX 970 CLASSIC 4GD5T OC – R368.69
1929 (Graphics score: 1788) – PNY GTX 1050 – R376.09

4.5 – FurMark 1.18

FurMark is an OpenGL 2 benchmark that renders a furry donut. This benchmark is known for its extreme GPU workload.


FurMark

Settings: Preset:1080 (1920×1080)

7151 points (119 FPS) – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix – R368.51
7063 points (118 FPS) – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO – R376.09
6233 points (103 FPS) – ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti – R353.06
6143 points (102 FPS) – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – R376.09
4660 points (77 FPS) – ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Strix – R344.75
4592 points (76 FPS) – MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming – Catalyst 14.9 WHQL
4050 points (67 FPS) – EVGA GeForce GTX 780 – R344.75
3335 points (55 FPS) – MSI GTX 970 CLASSIC 4GD5T OC – R344.75
2951 points (49 FPS) – MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Catalyst 14.9 WHQL
2733 points (45 FPS) – EVGA GeForce GTX 680 – R344.75
2566 points (42 FPS) – ASUS Strix GTX 960 DC2 OC 4GB – R353.06
2197 points (37 FPS) – PNY GTX 1050 – R376.09

Settings: Preset:2160 (3840×2160)

2715 points (45 FPS) – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix – R368.51
2624 points (44 FPS) – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO – R376.09
2201 points (37 FPS) – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – R376.09
1385 points (23 FPS) – EVGA GeForce GTX 780 – R368.69
1339 points (22 FPS) – MSI GTX 970 CLASSIC 4GD5T OC – R368.69
723 points (12 FPS) – PNY GTX 1050 – R376.09

4.6 – Resident Evil 6 Benchmark

Resident Evil 6 (RE6) is a Direct3D 9 benchmark. RE6 benchmark can be downloaded from this page.


Resident Evil 6

Settings: Resolution: 1920 x 1080, anti-aliasing: FXAA3HQ, all params to high.

21410 points – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix – R372.54
21295 points – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO – R376.09
20869 points – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW ACX3.0 – R376.09
18527 points – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC – R372.54
16332 points – MSI GTX 970 Classic – R353.06
14522 points – MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming 4GB – Crimson 16.8.2
13789 points – MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8GB – Crimson 16.8.2
13405 points – EVGA GTX 780 – R353.06
11935 points – ASUS Strix GTX 960 DC2 OC 4GB – R353.06
11442 points – EVGA GTX 680 – R353.06
10447 points – PNY GTX 1050 – R376.09
8794 points – MSI GTX 660 Hawk – R353.06
5714 points – ASUS GTX 750 + R353.06
4495 points – ASUS G551Jw notebook w/ GTX 960M 4GB + R353.06

4.7 – Unigine Valley 1.0

Unigine Valley is a Direct3D/OpenGL benchmark from the same dev team than Unigine Heaven. More information can be found HERE and HERE.


Unigine Valley

Settings: Extreme HD (Direct3D 11, 1920×1080 fullscreen, 8X MSAA)

102.0 FPS, Score: 4269 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix – R372.54
101.0 FPS, Score: 4227 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO – R376.09
90.5 FPS, Score: 3788 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW ACX3.0 – R376.09
86.1 FPS, Score: 3602 – ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti – R353.06
68.0 FPS, Score: 2846 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC – R372.54
67.8 FPS, Score: 2837 – ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Strix – R344.75
63.3 FPS, Score: 2648 – MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming – Crimson 16.8.2
58.7 FPS, Score: 2457 – Gainward GeForce GTX 970 Phantom – R344.75
57.8 FPS, Score: 2418 – EVGA GeForce GTX 780 – R344.75
56.0 FPS, Score: 2344 – MSI GTX 970 CLASSIC 4GD5T OC – R344.75
46.4 FPS, Score: 1942 – MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8GB – Crimson 16.8.2
42.9 FPS, Score: 1796 – EVGA GeForce GTX 680 – R344.75
39.9 FPS, Score: 1668 – MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Catalyst 14.9 WHQL
37.3 FPS, Score: 1561 – PNY GTX 1050 – R376.09
35.8 FPS, Score: 1500 – ASUS Strix GTX 960 DC2 OC 4GB – R353.06
34.6 FPS, Score: 1446 – EVGA GeForce GTX 580 – R344.75
32.4 FPS, Score: 1358 – MSI GTX 660 Hawk – R353.06
29.3 FPS, Score: 1224 – Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 – Catalyst 14.9 WHQL
25.6 FPS, Score: 1071 – EVGA GeForce GTX 480 – R344.75
19.4 FPS, Score: 812 – ASUS GeForce GTX 750 – R344.75
16.2 FPS, Score: 679 – ASUS Radeon HD 7770 DC – Catalyst 14.9 WHQL

5 – GPU Burn-in Test

Testbed configuration:
– CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K @ 3.5GHz
– Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
– Memory: 8GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance LPX @ 2666MHz
– PSU: Corsair AX860i
– Software: Windows 10 64-bit + NVIDIA R376.09

At idle state, the total power consumption of the testbed is 34W. The GPU temperature is 22°C. The VGA cooler is barely audible (open case).

To stress test the GTX 1050, I’m going to use the latest FurMark 1.18.2. A resolution of 1024×768 is enough to stress test the graphics card.

The max value for the power target is 100%TDP. This graphics card does not allow to set the power target as we would do on GTX 1060/1070/1080, so the power target is fixed to 100%TDP. After 5 minutes of stress test, the total power consumption of the testbed was 114W and the GPU temperature was 55°C. And curiously, the noise of the VGA cooler didn’t change, still the same barely audible noise. Very good.


PNY GeForce GTX 1050 - FurMark

 
An approximation of the graphics card power consumption is:

P = (114 – 34 – 20) x 0.9
P = 58W

where 0.9 the the power efficiency factor of the Corsair AX860i PSU, and 20W is the additional power draw of the CPU.

58W is a low value (I expected something like 70W). That can be explained if we look at the current value of the GPU power during the stress test: 89.7%TDP. Something limited the power draw of the GTX 1050. Usually with FurMark, the current GPU power is near 100%TDP…

Thermal Imaging

Idle state


PNY GeForce GTX 1050 - Thermal imaging - idle state

 
Load state


PNY GeForce GTX 1050 - Thermal imaging - stress test

6 – Conclusion

If you don’t need a powerful GPU (no VR, no 4K, etc.) but rather need a graphics card with latest features such as up to date OpenGL extensions or Vulkan API support, with reasonable 3D performances and small impact on your electricity bill, this is the card you’re looking for. The GTX 1050 offers more or less the performances than a GTX 960. The VGA cooler is quiet but I prefer the one that came with ASUS GTX 750 which is really quiet. But in a closed case, you won’t hear anything…

Thanks to Internex for this PNY GTX 1050!



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