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MSI GTX 1050 OC 2G Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction
  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
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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.

Specification

  • 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
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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.

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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

Inner PCB and heatsink

Inner PCB and heatsink

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.

Closer Look

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.

Test Setup

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  • 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

Futuremark Benchmarks

  • 3DMark: Sky Diver, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Presets
3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your PC and mobile devices in one app. Whether you’re gaming on a smartphone, tablet, notebook, or a desktop gaming PC, 3DMark includes a benchmark designed specifically for your hardware.

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
3DMark 11 is a DirectX 11 video card benchmark test for measuring your PC’s gaming performance. 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of DirectX 11 features including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 consistently and reliably tests your PC’s DirectX 11 performance under game-like loads.

OpenGL Benchmarks: Cinebench 11.5 and Cinebench R15

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.

Game Benchmarks

  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor DX 11 with 3 presets
Fight through Mordor and uncover the truth of the spirit that compels you, discover the origins of the Rings of Power, build your legend and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron in this new chronicle of Middle-earth.
  • Ashes of the Singularity DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each

Planet by planet, a war is raging across the galaxy. The technological singularity has given humanity the power to expand further than they ever have before. Now, they compete with each other and their sentient artificial intelligence adversaries for control of newfound worlds.

  • Rise of the Tomb Raider DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each
Featuring epic, high-octane action moments set in the most beautiful hostile environments on earth, Rise of the Tomb Raider delivers a cinematic survival action adventure where you will join Lara Croft on her first tomb raiding expedition as she seeks to discover the secret of immortality.
  • Hitman (2016) DX 11 and DX 12 with 3 presets each
As Agent 47, you perform contract hits on high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. With the Full Experience, you will have access to all episodes as they release periodically throughout 2016, starting April 2016.
  • DOOM OpenGL 4.5 with 3 presets each
DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat.

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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

OpenCL Benchmarks

  • Folding at Home Benchmark
  • LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark

3DMark 11 Benchmark

Extreme Preset


3DMark Benchmarks

Sky Diver

Fire Strike

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.

Cinebench 11.5

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Cinebench R15

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Shadow of Mordor ran adequately with the highest of setting.

Presets List

Medium High Very High
Texture Quality Medium High Very High
Anisotropic Filter 2x 4x 16x
Shadow Quality Medium High High
Sun Soft Shadows Off On High
Depth of Field On On Very High
Level of Detail High High Very High
Dynamic Foliage Medium Medium High
Ambient Occlusion On On HBAO+
PureHair On On On
Specular Reflection Quality Normal Normal Normal
Vignette Blur Yes Yes Yes
Motion Blur Yes Yes Yes
Bloom Yes Yes Yes
Tessellation Yes Yes
Screen Space Reflections Yes Yes Yes
Lens Flares Yes Yes Yes
Screen Effects Yes Yes Yes
Film Grain

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.

Presets List

Preset 1 Preset 2 Preset 3
Super Sampling 1 1.5 2
Level of Detail Low Medium Ultra
Anti-Aliasing Off FXAA SMAA
Texture Quality Low Medium High
Texture Filter Trilinear 8x 16x
SSAO Off On On
Shadow Maps Low Medium Ultra
Shadow Resolution Low Medium High

DX 11 Test

DX 12 Test

Hitman’s falls halfway once you set to medium settings.

Presets List

Medium High Ultra
Lights Quality Medium High Ultra
Shadows Quality Medium High Ultra
Player Self Shadow Off On On
Directional Occlusion Quality Medium High High
Decal Quality Medium High Ultra
Decal Filtering 2x 4x 8x
Virtual Texturing Page Size Medium High Ultra
Reflections Quality Medium High Ultra
Particles Quality Medium High Ultra
Compute Shaders Off On On
Motion Blur Quality Medium High Ultra
Depth of Field Off On On
Depth of Field Antialiasing Off On On
HDR Bloom Off On On
Lens Flare Off On On
Lens Dirt Off On On
Rendering Mode Default Default Default
Sharpening Amount 2.0 2.0 2.0
Film Grain 1.0 1.0 1.0
UI Opacity 70% 70% 70%
Show Performance Metrics Off Off Off

OpenGL Test

The MSI GTX 1050 OC somewhat provides decent performance in OPENGL 4.5 DOOM.


Bitcoin Mining

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FAHBench

FAHBench is the official Folding@Home GPU benchmark. It measures the compute performance of GPUs for Folding@Home. In addition, by use of a loadable DLL system, it provides vendors and skilled hackers with a method make customized plugins and test their results

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.

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LuxMark

LuxMark is a OpenCL cross-platform benchmark tool. The idea for the program was conceived in 2009 by Jean-Francois ‘Jromang’ Romang. It was intended as a promotional tool for LuxRender (to quote original Jromang’s words: “LuxRender propaganda with OpenCL”). The idea was quite simple, wrap SLG inside an easy to use graphical user interface and use it as a benchmark for OpenCL.

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ASIC Quality and Overclocking

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Unfortunately, the card did not display its ASIC quality.

Reference Factory OC Diff from Ref Manual OC
Base 1354 1404 3.69% 1505
Boost 1455 1518 4.32% 1619

The graphic card has a minor factory overclock. I was able to give it a 100 MHz increase in base.

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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.

3DMark Benchmark

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.

Better alternatives?

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
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