- Test Bench and Testing Methodology
- Futuremark Benchmark
- OpenGL Benchmarks
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- GPU Computation Benchmark
- Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
- GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
- Online Purchase Links
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Disclosure: This review unit is provided by Nvidia
This is the MSI GTX 1050 OC 2G graphic, Nvidia’s low(est?) current generation graphic card you can get your hands on. Most of these graphic cards have limited performance compared to the GTX 1070, RX 480 and even the GTX 1060. Typical with the GeForce xx50 labeled GPUs, its limited performance is good enough for certain titles without the need to upgrade that cheap power supply. Its also acts as a replacement for upgrading graphics provided by the current generation CPUs. As you would expect, Nvidia did compare this with previous two mainstream processors from Intel. The entire explanation of the 14nm GP107 core is covered in the GTX 1050 Ti review.
Packaging and Specifications
For the MSI GTX 1050 OC 2G graphic card, its a pretty big box. There aren’t any features to talk about, apart from the extra base clock. All discrete graphic cards use solid caps. It does explain in layman terms the benefit of it in this solid capacitors. MSI Afterburner does support multi-GPU, but neither the GTX 1060, GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 cards support a multi-GPU setup.
As you can see, the graphic card is adequately protected. The contents are bare basic- the card in an anti-static bag, a couple of reading materials and a disc.
Model Name GeForce GTX 1050 2G OC Graphics Processing Unit NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Interface PCI Express x16 3.0 Core Name GP107-300 Cores 640 Units Boost / Base Core Clock 1518 MHz / 1404 MHz Memory Clock Speed 7008 MHz Memory 2GB GDDR5 (128-bit) Output DisplayPort (Version 1.4) / HDMI (Version 2.0) / DL-DVI-D HDCP Support 2.2 Power consumption 75 W Recommended PSU 300 W Card Dimension(mm) 177 x 118 x 34 mm Weight (Card / Package) 330 g / 687 g Afterburner OC Y DirectX Version Support 12 OpenGL Version Support 4.5 Maximum Displays 3 G-SYNC™ technology Y Adaptive Vertical Sync Y Digital Maximum Resolution 7680 x 4320
The graphic card is so light, its packaging weighs more. Because of the video output limitation, it can support up to four displays. The GTX 1050 does support 4K resolution.
Graphics Card Design
The GPU shroud is a matte-finish plastic with white highlights around a 90mm fan. There is no backplate and as you can see the shroud extends a bit. The graphic card does have protection caps for its PCIe x16 interface and its outputs.
The graphic card does not require additional power. The 90mm fan blows air through the metal heatsink inside.
MSI is sticking with the default video outputs choices- a dual-link DVI-D, a DisplayPort and an HDMI output. If it wasn’t for the cooler, this card is easily a single-slot one.
Ease of Maintenance
All you need to do is remove the spring-loaded screws. One of the screws has a warranty void label. There’s no need to carefully pry out the cooler since there aren’t any thermal pads.
The MSI GTX 1050 OC uses a 3+1 phase design. The GDDR5 chips are made by SK Hynix. The heatsink is just metal surface. Its just strange not to see any thermal pad over the memory chips. Even if these are low-cost graphic cards, they have a factory overclock and people may want to overclock further. You’ll also notice solder points for a six-pin PCIe connector. Most likely this PCB is also the same for its GTX 1050 Ti??
You’ll also notice the absence of VRM sink, but it does have mounting holes on the PCB.
Hardware BBQ gets very minimum support from hardware manufacturers since we have a no-strings-attached policy and ended up blacklisting even tier 1 brands for improper misconduct. But thanks to a handful of companies who value the importance and benefits of providing components for the test bench, we do what we’re good at with the resources at hand. I would like to thank:
- Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT Rev 1.0 motherboard
- WD India for providing 4x WD Red 3TB NAS drives
- Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
|Test Setup for:||ZOTAC GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme Edition|
|CPU+ CPU Cooler||Intel i7 4790K + Noctua NH-U12S|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT Motherboard|
|Memory||Kingston 8GB 1600 MHz DDRIII|
|Primary OS drive||SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD + WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX|
|Power Supply||Corsair TX750|
|Chassis||Lian Li A70F Full Tower PC Case|
Driver Version: 368.64
The fan speed is kept at auto for stock benchmark and on 100% when overclocked via WATTMAN and on Turbo presets when overclocked via Gigabyte Xtreme Engine. The
- 3DMark: Sky Diver, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Presets
With more tests coming soon, we’ve given 3DMark a new interface that’s faster, more flexible and easier to use. What’s more, you can now get faster downloads and save storage space by choosing to install only the tests you need.
- 3DMark 11: Xtreme Preset
OpenGL Benchmarks: Cinebench 11.5 and Cinebench R15
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor DX 11 with 3 presets
Ashes of the Singularity DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each
- Rise of the Tomb Raider DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each
- Hitman (2016) DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each
- DOOM OpenGL 4.5 with 3 presets each
For measuring GPU computation, I’ve included Compubench benchmark workloads.
- Face Detection and TV-L1 Optical Flow Test
- Ocean Surface Simulation Test
- Particle Simulation-64K Test
- Computation Benchmark- Graphics and Video Composition
- Bitcoin Mining
- Folding at Home Benchmark
- LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
3DMark 11 Benchmark
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Futuremark gave a warning that its Ultra test may not be complete due to reduced VRAM count. While it did complete successfully, the only usable setting is the Fire Strike and Sky Diver.
Shadow of Mordor ran adequately with the highest of setting.
|Texture Quality||Medium||High||Very High|
|Sun Soft Shadows||Off||On||High|
|Depth of Field||On||On||Very High|
|Level of Detail||High||High||Very High|
|Specular Reflection Quality||Normal||Normal||Normal|
|Screen Space Reflections||Yes||Yes||Yes|
DX 11 Test
DX 12 Test
The Rise of the Tomb Raider gave a very odd result with the GTX 1050Ti as it indicates to be competing or better than the GTX 1060 variants and even the RX 480. That said, the possible explanation I can give is the difference due to the driver optimization. But even with the optimisations, the performance with this GTX 1050 is least desirable with DX12 Very high in-game setting.
|Preset 1||Preset 2||Preset 3|
|Level of Detail||Low||Medium||Ultra|
DX 11 Test
DX 12 Test
Hitman’s falls halfway once you set to medium settings.
|Player Self Shadow||Off||On||On|
|Directional Occlusion Quality||Medium||High||High|
|Virtual Texturing Page Size||Medium||High||Ultra|
|Motion Blur Quality||Medium||High||Ultra|
|Depth of Field||Off||On||On|
|Depth of Field Antialiasing||Off||On||On|
|Show Performance Metrics||Off||Off||Off|
The MSI GTX 1050 OC somewhat provides decent performance in OPENGL 4.5 DOOM.
The single precision implicit model most closely relates to current folding performance. Nvidia GPU will involve tests involving CUDA and OpenCL while AMD Radeon is limited to OpenCL tests.
ASIC Quality and Overclocking
Unfortunately, the card did not display its ASIC quality.
|Reference||Factory OC||Diff from Ref||Manual OC|
The graphic card has a minor factory overclock. I was able to give it a 100 MHz increase in base.
With this first attempt, I was able to achieve 100 MHz increase in manual overclocking. The main issue was the fan as its noise is audible with 52% fan speed setting.
Fan Speed and Temperature Observation
There shouldn’t be a reason to have such a fanspeed due to such low heat output. Even with auto fan setting, it does not seem to increase 42% fan speed with default clock.
Game Benchmarks- DX 12/OpenGL 4.5 Highest presets
As you can see, there is no difference in performance.
Why buy a GTX 1050?
The only reason you are reading this review is either to know how “low” performance can be expected from a GTX 1050 or you are in a situation where you need the newest-yet-cheapest graphic card you can buy. With currently available games on low to a certain mid-end setting with certain games, you will get adequate performance. Anything more and you’ll regret the purchase. When you move from low-end to mid-end, the amount of performance and features you get for the money is higher than you’ll see with a higher mid-end to high-end graphic cards.
Save and consider a GTX 1060 or an AMD Radeon RX 480. I rather wait for a couple of months to save up on money and buy something that will provide me a better performance over this. If you buy a GTX 1050/GTX 1050 Ti, keep your expectations real. If you’re in a soup, then maybe a GTX 1050 Ti.
At some point, people may want to see a GeForce xx60-class graphic card whose reference version does not take additional power from an auxiliary connector. I am really keen to see how this card performance against’s Kaby Lake on-chip graphic offerings. But that’s just for personal satisfaction.
About the MSI GTX 1050 OC 2G…
As for the card, it’s as vanilla as it can possibly get. There is a minor overclock, but MSI should have a thermal pad for the VRAMs and sink for the VRMs.
- Small footprint
- Minor OC
- GP107’s limited performance
- No thermal pad. No VRM sink
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) November 27, 2016