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Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti 4G Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction to the GP107: GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti
  2. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  3. Futuremark Benchmark
  4. OpenGL Benchmarks
  5. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  6. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  7. Hitman
  8. DOOM
  9. GPU Computation Benchmark
  10. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  11. GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
  12. Conclusion
  13. Online Purchase Links
  14. View All


Disclosure: This unit is provided by Gigabyte VGA

I have the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti and MSI GTX 1050 OC graphic card. These variants do not have a Founders edition available in retail. The reference specs are nothing more than a minimum paper specification. Nvidia’s AIB partners will have its own versions with variable cooling, PCB designs and variable factory clock settings.

About the GTX 1050 Ti/ GTX 1050

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  • Graphics Processing Clusters 2
    Streaming Multiprocessors 5
    CUDA Cores (single precision) 640
    Texture Units 40
    ROP Units 32
    Base Clock 1354 MHz
    Boost Clock 1455 MHz
    Memory Clock 3504 MHz
    Memory Data Rate 7 Gbps
    L2 Cache Size 1024K
    Total Video Memory 2048 MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 128-bit
    Total Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s
    Texture Rate (Bilinear) 54.2 GigaTexels/sec
    Fabrication Process 14 nm
    Transistor Count 3.3 Billion
    Connectors 1x DisplayPort
    1x HDMI
    1x Dual-Link DVI
    Form Factor Dual Slot
    Power Connectors None
    Recommended Power Supply 300 Watts
    Thermal Design Power (TDP) 75 Watts
    Thermal Threshold  97° C
  • Graphics Processing Clusters 2
    Streaming Multiprocessors 6
    CUDA Cores (single precision) 768
    Texture Units 48
    ROP Units 32
    Base Clock 1290 MHz
    Boost Clock 1392 MHz
    Memory Clock 3504 MHz
    Memory Data Rate 7 Gbps
    L2 Cache Size 1024K
    Total Video Memory 4096 MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 128-bit
    Total Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s
    Texture Rate (Bilinear) 61.9 GigaTexels/sec
    Fabrication Process 14 nm
    Transistor Count 3.3 Billion
    Connectors 1x DisplayPort

    1x HDMI

    1x Dual-Link DVI

    Form Factor Dual Slot
    Power Connectors None
    Recommended Power Supply 300 Watts
    Thermal Design Power (TDP) 75 Watts
    Thermal Threshold 97° C

Both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti use GP107 core, of which the former has some reduced paper specifications. In exchange, the GTX 1050 doesn’t require additional auxiliary power from any PCIe power connectors or may not need to step up from a low-cost power supply.

As you would expect, both Pascal cards use GP107 core and it replaces the long-running GeForce GTX 750 Ti Maxwell 2.0 cards. Looking that its paper spec comparison, the GTX 1050 Ti’s TDP is 15 watts higher. Apart from the architecture, there’s an increase in its clock speed, texture units, texel-fill-rate, memory clock, bandwidth, ROPs and transistors. The L2 Cache size is also reduced from 2048 KB to 1024 KB.

Who would buy the GTX 1050 Ti?

Nvidia’s reason for GTX xx50 series is obvious. Its for people who have older GPUs or still running on integrated graphics wanting for light gaming. Many Nvidia labeled gaming cafes have adopted GTX 1060 units. The GTX 1050 Ti is probably made keeping in mind to provide enough power for strictly 1080p with medium-ish gameplay setting or high/ultra setting for older DX11 titles like GTA V or Shadow of Mordor.

Who would buy the GTX 1050?

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Nvidia compares its discrete card against on-chip graphics performance with Haswell and Skylake. Yes, it doesn’t make sense. But that’s the only way you can start an argument for it. Even for those who are upgrading current-generation consoles, they would be looking out to GTX 1060, a graphic card that will let you enjoy a majority of new titles with a good amount of comfort. Do note that GTX 1050 only has a 2GB GDDR5 memory. While the Ti variant is 4 GB GDDR5. Most high/ultra in-game settings throw in a warning. And the only way to make this card work with Hitman’s highest setting was to turn off its memory override.

There is the massive crowd that plays esports titles such as the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, DOTA2 and Overwatch whose promotion is heavily done by Nvidia.

Packaging

People might expect some cost cutting in packaging for the lower-cost graphic cards. With Gigabyte, it doesn’t seem to be the case as it has two layered packaging. The only cost cutting you’ll see is the absence of a PCIe power adapter which nobody will miss. According to the packaging, you can see it uses dual 90 mm fan blower-style cooling and two heatpipe design with direct contact over the core. The packaging also lists out the video output options and its position on the rear I/O.

Specification

Graphics Processing GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti
Core Clock Boost: 1506 MHz/ Base: 1392 MHz in OC Mode
Boost: 1480 MHz/ Base: 1366 MHz in Gaming
Memory Clock 7008 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Bus 128 bit
Card Bus PCI-E 3.0 x 16
Output Dual-link DVI-D *1
HDMI-2.0b*3 (Max Resolution: 4096×2160 @60 Hz)
Display Port-1.4 *1 (Max Resolution: 7680×4320 @60 Hz)
Digital max resolution 7680×4320
Multi-view 4
Card size H=40 L=219 W=118 mm
PCB Form ATX
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Recommended PSU 300W
Power Connectors 6 pin*1

GPU Design

The card’s design is relatively simple and it does follow similar design typically with G1 Gaming series. Black shroud and backplate with orange accents and fancy blade design with a promise of higher air flow. The card is a dual-slot form factor with an 8.62 inch in length. Both the backplate and the shroud is plastic. But you can easily mistake the backplate as metal even in touch. The card has all the protection caps for the PCIe x16 interface and the video outputs.

Video Outputs

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The card has the standard connectors typically following the reference standard- 1 dual-link DVI-D, 3x HDMI 2.0b and A DisplayPort 1.4. The HDMI ports provide a maximum output of 4K resolution while 8K via DP, both at 60 Hz. The card supports maximum four display.

Power and light!

Yes, this graphic card has LED effects fan start/stop indicator. Be advised that fans in modern GPUs typically turn on after crossing a certain temperature or load. The Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti  is rated for minimum 300-watt power supplies and takes additional power via a six-pin PCIe. There is no indicator for proper PCIe connection.

Cooling System

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The card uses dual 90mm fans to blow through the heatsink within and therefore helps to blow out the excess heat. Though in all fairness, for such a card, dual fans would seem like an overkill.

Ease of Maintenance

The card can be dismantled by removing the spring load screws around the GPU core and pry out the cooler, disconnect three cables (two for fans and third for LED), then remove two screws from the backplate to remove the sink on the inside and then three screws from the inner PCB area to remove the backplate. There is a thermal pad for the VRM soldered points. The GPU cooling unit has two copper heatpipes with direct contact with the GPU core. The thermal pads on the metal base are for the GDDR5 VRMs.

Closer Look

This graphic card is a 4+1 phase design PCB with four Samsung GDDR5 chips surrounding the core.

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