The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is based on a fully enabled version of the GP107 processor and ships with four gigabytes of RAM. It offers performance that’s largely in line with the previous generation GTX 960, meaning that while this card is capable enough for 1080p gaming, unfortunately 60fps is off the table if you insist on sticking to the Higher graphical presets found in most modern games. Even if you sacrifice some of the game’s more impressive graphical subtleties, hitting 60fps is still not a certainty.
Still, it’s not all doom and gloom by any means, and this card still has a lot to offer. Of all the budget GPUs on the market, it boasts the rawest performance, handily eclipsing the higher-end versions of the Radeon RX 560. Many versions of the card also don’t require additional PCI Express power, meaning it’s a direct upgrade via plug that gets all the power it needs from your motherboard. That makes it perfect for upgrading mass-market desktop computers without standard ATX power supplies. In fact, when we tested another GTX 1050 Ti model that came with additional power inputs, we found only marginal increases in performance.
The GTX 1050 Ti can be a little pricey, especially compared to its scaled-down 10-series counterparts, the GTX 1050 2GB and GTX 1050 3GB, so in addition to these cards, we also compared it to two of the best cards available. configurations of AMD’s competing RX 560. We’ve tested cards that feature 14 and 16 compute units (let’s not get into the totally bizarre reasons why AMD has done this) and we’ve also tested cards that use PCI Express power, which provides maximum boost clocks (there are cards without them available, but have power limitations and lose a touch of performance). Even with the 560 at best, the GTX 1050 Ti still performs better overall, clearly making it one of the best budget graphics cards on the market.
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However, the comparisons with the GTX 1050 2GB are fascinating. The cuts compared to the 1050 Ti are relatively small, but some of the performance differences are huge. This is because our data is based on more demanding 1080p workloads, which often require more than 2GB of memory to perform well. From our perspective, this rules out the base 2GB GTX 1050, but the newer 3GB version arguably offers better performance pound for pound.
A Zotac GTX 1050 Ti was used for our tests, which does not use additional PCI Express power. Even so, it still boosts to 1700 MHz and produces performance leadership in this sector.
|GPU cores||Boost the clock||TFLOPS||Memory||memory bandwidth|
|GTX 1050 2GB||640||1455MHz||1.8||2GB GDDR5||112GB/s|
|GTX 1050 3GB||768||1518MHz||23||3GB GDDR5||84GB/s|
|GTX 1050Ti||768||1392MHz||2.1||4GB GDDR5||112GB/s|
|RX 560 (14CU)||896||1275MHz||2.6||2GB/4GB||112GB/s|
|RX 560 (16CU)||1024||1275MHz||2.6||2GB/4GB||112GB/s|
In the meantime, let’s continue with the benchmarks. Here we have tested nine demanding titles with high-quality settings, with good training for both compute and VRAM, and some fascinating results. Play the corresponding video to get detailed data on frame rate and frame time, and view the bar graphs to see performance differences at a glance. Click on the bar chart to switch between frame rate and percentage data, with full comparisons on hover – it’s pretty cool! Please note that these benchmarks are only available on the desktop version of the site; Mobile users will have to stick with more traditional static bar charts.
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Our first challenge is Assassin’s Creed Unity, a 2014 game that is more challenging for video cards that have limited amounts of VRAM. Fortunately, the GTX 1050 Ti’s 4GB is more than enough to put an end to the threat, with a comfortable 37 frames per second at 1080p. By contrast, the GTX 1050 with 2GB of VRAM manages just 31 fps, a 15 percent deficit. The GTX 1050 with 3GB of VRAM performs a little better, with a score of 34fps, but that’s still an eight percent difference. The RX 560 performs even worse, with both variants of the card recording less than 30 frames per second for a barely playable experience at these settings.
AC Drive: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
Ashes of the singularity
Our first DirectX 12 test game is Ashes of the Singularity, a landmark strategy game filled with laser fire and curious terrestrial spaceships. The GTX 1050 Ti continues to show strong results here, with a playable 32 frames per second on the challenging Extreme Graphics preset. The 2GB GTX 1050 barely manages 24 frames per second in the same test, although the 3GB card barely hits the 30fps mark. Meanwhile, the RX 560 hovers between 25 and 27 frames per second; Lowering the settings will allow these cards to exceed the 30fps threshold.
Ashes of the Singularity DX12: 1080p, extreme, no AA
Our next title is Battlefield 1. Before we begin, let’s take a moment of silence for the GTX 1050 2GB, which recorded the worst result we’ve seen so far at just 12 frames per second, a performance factor at settings that can simply It will not be maintained on a 2GB product. This card may produce better results, but it will involve lowering the quality settings to medium, and we also recommend the DX11 rendering route. In contrast, the GTX 1050 3GB achieves a frame rate of 48 fps – a difference between day and night. The GTX 1050 Ti comes even closer to the desired 60fps here, demonstrating its competence at 1080p. AMD cards perform well here too, with a respectable 50 frames per second for both versions of the RX 560.
Battlefield 1: 1080p, Ultra, TAA
Crysis 3 is a challenging legacy title that we love to include in our testing. The game remains a threat to this day thanks to its very high preset, with all four cards recording results below 60fps at 1080p. The GTX 1050 Ti comes closest to 47 fps, and the GTX 1050 models again compete at around 43 fps. The two RX 560s again trail the GTX 1050 Ti by 22 to 25 percent, making it another title in which the RX 560 falls woefully short.
Crysis 3: 1080p, very high, SMAA T2X
Our next DirectX 12 benchmark is The Division, the 2016 shooter-MMO hybrid set in a post-apocalyptic New York City. The 33fps the GTX 1050 Ti records in the ultra graphics preset isn’t brilliant, but it’s still enough to beat the other three cards in this comparison. The gap between the GTX 1050 Ti and the best RX 560 is 13 percent, and this could increase if we switch to testing in DirectX 11. The lack of memory once again causes problems for the GTX 1050 2 GB, which also it had streaming problems in textures and geometry effectively. The 3GB version of the 1050 fares much better, with a result of 31 fps.
The DX12 Division: 1080p, Ultra, SMAA
Far Cry Primal
Prehistoric open-world title Far Cry Primal tends to be a bit easier for Nvidia cards to handle, so we’d expect the GTX 1050 Ti to comfortably outperform its competition here once again… and indeed, the card Most expensive in our review is 25 percent faster than the AMD competition at 1080p. However, the GTX 1050 2GB offers stellar performance that almost rivals its big brother, falling just three frames per second behind for a five percent difference. It even beats the 3GB version of the 1050, whose limited memory bandwidth leads to a disappointing 37fps average.
Far Cry Primal: 1080p, Ultra, SMAA
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Ghost Recon Wildlands is the most recent game in our test suite, so we’d expect it to better show the difference between the GTX 1050 Ti and its competition. So no surprises here, as the GTX 1050 Ti recorded an average score of 40 frames per second and a worse one percent score of 30 frames per second. In comparison, the GTX 1050 cards can only manage about 35 frames per second, while the two RX 560 cards reach 31 and 32 frames per second. That’s a 22 percent gap between first and last place, one of the largest we’ve seen.
Ghost Recon Wildlands: 1080p, very high, TAA
The Rise of the Tomb Raider
2016’s Rise of the Tomb Raider sees the continuation of Lara Croft’s new origin story. The game’s built-in benchmark includes three scenes, which offers a good workout, especially for low-end cards like these. We’re using the very high graphics settings here, but it’s worth noting, if you want to do your own comparison, that we’ve turned down to high textures to avoid stuttering on GPUs with small amounts of VRAM. All that said, the GTX 1050 Ti continues its reign of terror with a solid 48 frames per second at 1080p, more than 15 percent faster than the GTX 1050 2GB and RX 560 with 16 CUs. Meanwhile, the GTX 1050 3GB sits between the other two Nvidia cards with a result of 44fps. The 2GB 1050 stutters quite a bit, recorded here at the lowest scores of one and five percent, but this problem is resolved on the 3GB model.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 1080p, very high, SMAA
The Witcher 3
Finally we have The Witcher 3, a popular 2015 title that ended up winning ‘game of the year’ in many publications. The GTX 1050 Ti delivers a comfortable 41fps in the ultra preset mode, with the GTX 1050 cards in second and third place and around 11 percent behind. The two RX 560 cards are again behind, by 15 to 20 percent. In addition to having bad average frame-rates, AMD cards also have the worst one percent scores, indicating significant stuttering that simply doesn’t occur on the GTX 1050 or Ti.
The Witcher 3: 1080p, Ultra, POST-AA, No Hairworks
We’ll conclude with two special tests, looking at performance in Assassin’s Creed Unity to see how the GTX 1050 Ti compares to its predecessors. We used ACU for this test as it requires a good amount of VRAM, which can impact performance on some cards that lack sufficient reserves, and its ultra-high settings offer a considerable challenge even for modern GPUs at 1080p. Please note that you can only view cards from different generations (Pascal, Maxwell, Kepler) using the controls on the right of the video.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
Finally, we can see how the GTX 1050 takes its place in Nvidia’s Pascal series, between the GTX 1050 2GB and GTX 1060 3GB.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
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