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ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition Graphic Card Review

  1. Intro, Specs and Closer Look
  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


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!!!

Specification

  • GPU GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti
    CUDA cores 768
    Video Memory 4GB GDDR5
    Memory Bus 128-bit
    Engine Clock Base: 1392 MHz
    Boost:1506 MHz
    Memory Clock 7 GHz
    PCI Express 3.0
    Display Outputs DisplayPort 1.4
    HDMI 2.0b
    DL-DVI
    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
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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)
Base 1290 1392 1392
Boost 1392 1506 1506

The Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC edition has the same clock speed as with G1 Gaming’s gaming preset.

GPU Design

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!

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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.

Test Setup

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

Driver Version:

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.

Buy game licenses for cheap!

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

Unigene Superposition Benchmark

  • 1080P Extreme Preset
  • 4K Optimized

 

3DMark 11 Benchmark

Extreme Preset


3DMark Benchmarks

Sky Diver

Fire Strike

Fire Strike Extreme

Fire Strike Ultra

Cinebench 11.5

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Cinebench R15

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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

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


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


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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The Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition does not show the core’s ASIC quality.

Reference Factory OC Manual OC
Base 1290 1392 1459
Boost 1392 1506 1573

The overclocking I got out of this card is just 1 MHz bump over the G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti.

oc1-settings

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.

3DMark Benchmark

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.

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