Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti – The Best Entry-Level Gaming Graphics Card

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Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti is company’s budget oriented card based on Pascal architecture and is designed with the motto of bringing 1080p OC gaming to a broader audience. It is an entry-level card in the GTX 10-series GPUs that is aimed at gamers with low-cost builds as it is a PCI- Express powered card and can easily fit into compact desktops. This means you can install the GTX 1050 Ti into any prebuilt machines like Dell and HP to transform them into a gaming rig which will provide you great bang for your buck.

Although the 1050 Ti is using the same architecture as the GTX 10-series, it is a whole different beast under the hood. It uses GP107 GPU that is manufactured on Samsung’s smaller 14nm FinFET process instead of  TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process used in its brethren. The difference in process size matters but I would not go deep into that as Samsung and TSMC have their own way of manufacturing chip. Also, the GP107 silicon is manufactured efficiently and some tweakings have been made here and there to get more performance out of the graphics card at a low price.

The GTX 1050 Ti has two General Computing Clusters that are designed to hit the six streaming multiprocessors. This version of GP107 packs a total of 768 CUDA Cores paired up with 32 ROPs and 48 texture units neatly spread across the six Pascal SMs. In terms of memory, it provides full 4GB of GDDR5 with the effective 7Gbps memory speeds over a 128-bit bus capable of delivering 112GB/s of total bandwidth Nvidia’s superb bandwidth-saving delta color memory compression.

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The stock version graphics card has a base clock speed of 1,290 MHz and a boost clock speed of 1,392MHz. The overclock variant of the GTX 1050 Ti runs at clock speeds 1,342MHz and 1,455MHz respectively. However, both the GPUs are capable of hitting much more which can be seen when you throw graphic intensive tasks and games at it, then the clockspeed is rated at 1,683MHz and 1,743MHz which is way more than the on paper specs.

All things aside, the most impressive aspect of this graphics card is that it has a thermal design power (TDP) of just 75W. This means that you don’t need any additional power connector as it can draw all the power and energy from the motherboard the PCI Express slot. So if you have a stock low-end power supply, you can just slap the GTX 1050 Ti in your PC to get a massive boost in gaming performance.

We also did some gaming tests including a bunch of new releases. There is no surprise that GTX 1050 Ti performed really well in less graphics intensive games like Battlefield 4 and you will easily get 60 FPS at max settings and 1080p. However, in some tougher games you will need to turn down some graphics options to medium or high to hit the 60 FPS mark but if you don’t want to turn down the settings then it can still manage to run the game at 30 to 40 FPS.

Final Verdict:

The Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti offers a lot considering its low price, it is the best entry level card right now that you can get your hands on. Also, it does not require much power to run and still delivers amazing performance. This card is also capable of 1440p levels too is some lightweight titles. Overall this is a really impressive graphics card and it offers arguably the simplest PC upgrade you can get. You can buy it from Amazon here.

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