- Intro, Specs and Closer Look
- 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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Disclaimer: This review unit is provided by Zotac
The GTX 1050 Ti cards so far…
For those who are on a low budget, they have two choices. Either an older mid-end graphic card or a new lower-end graphic card. Buying a newer graphic card has some advantages depending on the comparison. But the upgrade from GTX 750 Ti is long overdue for some people and the GTX 950 is just meh! I’ve reviewed the MSI GTX 1050 OC Edition and Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti graphic cards.
This is the Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC edition- a graphic card with a much smaller footprint and a couple of more tricks up its sleeve. What I like in low-cost solutions is that I get to know what a company can provide with a particular cost. It’s easier to squeeze in all-copper heatpipes and flat heatbase with a factory overclock on mid to high-end cards. But who and how much they can put in a card of a lower cost?? G1 Gaming series did that. So let’s check out what Zotac has to offer.
Packaging and Contents
The card is in a good enough packaging just like its higher end models. You don’t get any accessories which aren’t needed. But c’mon! Case badge!!!
GPU GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti CUDA cores 768 Video Memory 4GB GDDR5 Memory Bus 128-bit Engine Clock Base: 1392 MHz
Memory Clock 7 GHz PCI Express 3.0 Display Outputs DisplayPort 1.4
HDCP Support Yes Multi-Display Capability Triple Display Recommended Power Supply 300W Power Consumption 75W Power Input N/A DirectX 12 API feature level 12_1 OpenGL 4.5 Cooling Dual Fan Slot Size Dual Slot SLI No Supported OS Windows 10 / 8 / 7 Card Length 174mm x 111.15mm Accessories User Manual
Yes! This GTX 1050 Ti does not take additional power from an aux connector. Wasn’t that supposed to be a thing with the GTX 1050 instead? One would imagine that there would be some performance reduction. Who knows?
|Reference Spec||ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti OC||G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti (Gaming)|
The Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC edition has the same clock speed as with G1 Gaming’s gaming preset.
The ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition may look pretty big on a photograph until you compare it with a standard length graphic card.
Zotac managed to provide two small sized fans and two copper heatpipes on this. This card is very small with a length of 6.84 inches. The G1 Gaming’s lenth is 8.62 inches. Furthermore what’s even more impressive is that this Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC edition does not require additional power. For a second I thought Zotac might have forgotten to put one- LOL!!
Yes, one would assume that this might lead to some sacrifice in performance. We’ll get to that!
The video outputs follow the default specs- a single dual-link DVI-D, a DisplayPort and an HDMI. If it wasn’t for the GPU cooler, this is a single-slot card.
Ease of Maintenance and Closer Look
All you have to do is remove the spring-loaded screws. Unfortunately, there is no thermal pad on this card. The base is copper. There are no LEDs on this card. Just a simple card with two fans, two heatpipes and 4GB worth Samsung GDDR5 memory. This isn’t the first graphic card to not provide any thermal pad for the VRAMs. The metal plate does not extend to cover up the two other VRAM chips at the end of the PCB too. While it blows air through it, same couldn’t be said for the chips that come under the plate. You’ll also notice that the thermal paste application is over generous. This is a 3+1 phase design.
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 16GB 1600 MHz DDRIII|
|Primary OS drive||SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD + WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX|
|Power Supply||Thermaltake DPS-Gold 750W|
|Chassis||Lian Li A70F Full Tower PC Case|
- 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
Unigene Superposition Benchmark
- 1080P Extreme Preset
- 4K Optimized
3DMark 11 Benchmark
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
|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
|Preset 1||Preset 2||Preset 3|
|Level of Detail||Low||Medium||Ultra|
DX 11 Test
DX 12 Test
|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 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
The Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition does not show the core’s ASIC quality.
|Reference||Factory OC||Manual OC|
The overclocking I got out of this card is just 1 MHz bump over the G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti.
Fan Speed and Temperature Observation
What I do like about this card is that its fan noise is less even at 80% manual fan speed. On load with overclocks, it stays at 52 degrees celcius. Even with Max GPU volt set at 70%, its manual overclock is solid.
The fan does not have temperature/load controls where it switches itself off accordingly. In Zotac’s case, ‘freezetech’. Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti does have this feature:
While Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC edition is staying with 45% fan speed with idle temps of 31 degrees celsius, G1 gaming is 43 degrees celsius with no fans.
Game Benchmarks- DX 12/OpenGL 4.5 Highest presets
ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti OC Vs. Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti
For a smaller graphic card with no additional power requirement, Zotac GTX 1050 Ti looks great. Small form factor with dual fan cooling, all-copper heatpipes and base and aluminum heatsink. Gigabyte G1 Gaming GT 1050 Ti is larger, comes with RGB lighting. G1 Gaming also has fan controls to switch itself off on idle. Yes, G1 has an OC profile but the bump is negligible. But it does have a backplate and additional video outputs.
Both cards offer you something or the other. I would have like to see freeze tech in this card. G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti’s offerings make it look like a good end-product, but the ability to provide the same overclock and negligible performance difference even without the PCIe power connectivity is impressive. Those with older and el-cheapo power supplies might be tempted to pick this one over the GTX 1050 just for that reason alone. To add, Zotac provides additional warranty.
- No additional power from PCIe
- Tiny small form factor
- Extended Warranty
- Manual OC Performance
- No Freezetech
- No backplate
- No RGB
- No thermal pad for the VRAMs
The absence of the thermal pads on the VRAMs might not be a big deal for this card. But the ones on the metal plate should have had it. The other two could simply rely on the fans blowing through the passive heatsinks, unlike MSI GTX 1050 OC Edition‘s heatsinks which doesn’t allow airflow to go through it.
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) December 5, 2016