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Intro

While the GeForce GTX 1050 is the entry model of the NVIDIA Pascal architecture, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is its version on steroids. Let’s test it and see how does it perform in this review.

Like the GeForce GTX 1050 (which we already tested), the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti uses the GP107 chip, manufactured under 14 nm process. The main difference between the two cards is that, while on the GTX 1050 Ti the chip comes with all the 768 cores enabled, distributed on six SM (streaming multiprocessors), on the GTX 1060 one SM is disabled, so the card brings 640 cores.

On the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, this cores work at a 1,290 MHz base clock, reaching up to 1,392 MHz. Those are the standard clocks recommended by NVIDIA, but probably most models reach the market with higher clocks, since, according do NVIDIA, this chip can reach clocks ah high as 1,900 MHz.

The memory interface uses 128 bits and the recommended memory clock is 7 GHz, using GDDR5 chips, which brings a 112 GiB/s bandwidth. The GTX 1050 Ti models should come with 4 GiB of VRAM, while the GTX 1050 models with 2 GiB, but it is possible to the manufacturers sell GTX 1050 models with 4 GiB, for example.

One of the highlights of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is its low energy consumption: its TDP is only 75 W (the same of the GTX 1050,) so there is no need for the auxiliary energy connector on the video card. The recommended power supply is 300 W, which makes this card suitable for basic PCs, where you simply open the case and install the video card at a free slot to make it ready to run recent games with no other worries.

Other highlight of the GTX 1050 Ti is its cost/benefit ratio: the MSRP in the USA is USD 139 (USD 30 above the GTX 1050.) So, it also becomes a direct competitor of the Radeon RX 460. It is also a substitute for the GeForce GTX 950 on the market.

Notice that, unlike the GeForce GTX 1060 and the high-end models from this family, there is no reference (or “Founders Edition”) models for the GTX 1050 Ti.

Like the GTX 1060, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti doesn’t support SLI.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti we tested is manufactured by Zotac, model GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini, part number ZT-P10510A-10L. It is a very small video card, and uses a little higher clocks than the suggested, with 1,303 Mhz base and 1,417 MHz boost clocks. It brings 4 GiB of GDDR5 VRAM running at 7 GHz.

Figure 1 shows the box of the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti ReviewFigure 1: the box of the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini

Figure 2 shows the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini video card.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti ReviewFigure 2: the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini

In our tests, we compared the performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to the GeForce GTX 1050, the Radeon RX 460 from XFX (RX-460P4D), a GeForce GTX 960, and also to a GeForce GTX 950.

In the table below, we compare the main specs from the video cards we included in this review. Prices were researched at Newegg.com for this article.

Video card

Core clock

Turbo clock

Effective memory clock

Memory bus

Memory bandwidth

Memory

Processing cores

TDP

DirectX

Price

Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini

1,303 MHz

1,417 MHz

7.0 GHz

128 bit

112 GB/s

4 GiB GDDR5

768

75 W

12.1

USD 130

Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini

1,354 MHz

1,455 MHz

7.0 GHz

128 bit

112 GB/s

2 GiB GDDR5

640

75 W

12.1

USD 100

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960

1,241 MHz

1,304 MHz

7.0 GHz

128 bit

112 GB/s

4 GiB GDDR5

1,024

120 W

12.1

USD 180

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950

1,102 MHz

1,279 MHz

6.6 GHz

128 bit

105.6 GB/s

2 GiB GDDR5

768

90 W

12.1

USD 135

XFX Radeon RX 460

1,090 MHz

1,220 MHz

7.0 GHz

128 bit

112 GB/s

4 GiB GDDR5

896

75 W

12

USD 140

Now let’s take a closer look to the tested video card.