MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB Review



In a recent review, I tested the PNY GTX 1050. Today, let’s compare it with the titanium version materialized by the MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB.

Article index:

1 – Overview

MSI GTX 1050 Ti is powered by a full Pascal GP107 GPU. The GP107 is the first GPU built with the 14nm process (Samsung) and packs 768 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 48 textures units.

The reference clock speeds of the GPU are: 1290MHz for the base clock and 1392MHz for the boost clock. MSI’s GTX 1050 Ti comes with three modes for the GPU clock speeds: Silent mode (base: 1290MHz, boost: 1392MHz), Gaming mode (base: 1303MHz, boost: 1417MHz) and OC mode (base: 1316MHz, boost: 1430MHz).

The TDP of the GTX 1050 Ti reference board is 75W and does not require an additional power connector. However a 6-pin power connector is present on MSI’s board because the TDP can exceed 75W (Gaming or OC mode).

The GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB comes with the Twin Frozr VI VGA cooler and the 0dB fan technology: the fans are stopped if the GPU temperature is lower than 60°C. This is the case in idle state, internet browsing or 2D applications.

The homepage of the MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB can be found HERE.

2 – Gallery

The bundle includes the GTX 1050 Ti, some stickers, a quick user’s guide, and a CDROM with drivers and utilities. A simple bundle!


MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB

 
The GTX 1050 Ti:


MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB

3 – GPU Data

Here is the GPU data from GPU Caps Viewer, GPU Shark and GPU-Z:


MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB - GPU Caps Viewer
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB - GPU Shark
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB - GPU-Z
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB - GPU-Z

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

Note:I tested the GTX 1050 Ti with NVIDIA GeForce drivers version 376.09 and not with latest 376.33 because there is a massive drop in performance with version 376.33.

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
18356 – MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB – R376.09
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
6538 – MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB – R376.09
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

5125 (Graphics score: 5330) – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix – R368.51
4865 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO – R376.09
4244 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – R376.09
2617 (Graphics score: 2592) – MSI GTX 970 CLASSIC 4GD5T OC – R368.69
2178 (Graphics score: 2134) – EVGA GeForce GTX 780 – R368.69
1836 – MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB – R376.09

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
2474 – MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB – R376.09
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
2637 points (44 FPS) – MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB – R376.09
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
891 points (15 FPS) – MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB – R376.09
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
12440 – MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB – R376.09
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
40.9 FPS, Score: 1713 – MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB – R376.09
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 38°C. The VGA cooler is in passive mode (fans are stopped).

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 of the power target is 125%TDP. I quickly set the power target to that max value with MSI Afterburner. After 5 minutes of stress test, the total power consumption of the testbed was 131W and the GPU temperature was 63°C with a speed fan of 25% (850 rpm). At 25%, the fans are quiet. Very good!


MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB - Stress test with FurMark

 
An approximation of the graphics card power consumption is:

P = (131 – 34 – 20) x 0.9
P = 70W

where 0.9 the the power efficiency factor of the Corsair AX860i PSU, and 15W is the additional power draw of the CPU when running FurMark. 70W is a great value and shows that there is still a lot of overclocking room: 70W can be handled by the PCI-E slot and the GTX 1050 Ti has a 6-pin power connector…

Thermal Imaging

Idle state


MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB - Thermal imaging - idle state

 
Load state


MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB - Thermal imaging - stress state

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 / Direct3D 12 support, with reasonable 3D performances and small impact on your electricity bill, this is the card you’re looking for. Depending on the benchmark, the GTX 1050 Ti is around 20% faster than the non-Ti version. What’s more thanks to the Twin Frozr VI VGA cooler, this card is absolutely quiet even in load. MSI’s VGA cooler is one of the best VGA coolers on the market. This card is a good investment, you won’t regret it. Nice job MSI!


MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB

 
Thanks to Internex for this MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4G!


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