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Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Review: Is It Really A Powerhouse?

Update Date: Oct 28, 2016 07:03 AM EDT
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Nvidia Corporation, the California-based American technology giant designs graphic processing units (GPUs) for the gaming market as well as system on chip units (SOCs) for the mobile marketing in the automation field.

The experts claim the Nvidia's GTX 1050 Ti as the cheapest graphic card available for budget gaming. Reports also suggest it as a powerhouse for gaming. The price of this model ranges around $149. The architectural hierarchy of Nvidia is similar to that of Pascal and Maxwell. Hence, the core configuration is identical with a few added upgrades for max efficiency and performance.

The developers designed Nvidia's GeForce GTX graphic cards to enhance the gaming experience of gamers and suggest these as the most advanced cards ever created.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is the new variant of this family, which is surely going to take the gaming experience to its apex. It is the spiritual successor to the GTX 750 Ti, which was released in 2014.

1050 Ti is entirely aimed at gamers using desktop PC with no graphics card. These cards are attractive because of certain high-end specifications such as the small form factor, low power consumption and the ability to play high-end games at Full HD resolution. The 1050 Ti has all these characteristics.

Key features

The Clock Speed

In 1050 Ti, you get 768 CUDA core with a base clock speed of 1,290MHz. The maximum boost clock speed is 1,392MHz. It has a full 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at a rate of 7,000MHz. The width of the memory bus is 128-bit.

The Chip

The GTX 1050 Ti also uses similar GP107 chip as the GTX 1050, but these two differ in configuration. A fewer CUDA cores synchronizes to a higher clock speed in 1050.

The Price

1050 is limited to 2GB of memory and comes in at £115. The 1050 Ti ranges around £139.00.

Thermal Design

The maximum thermal design power (TDP) of1050 Ti is 75W. As there is no PCI-E power connector on the card drawing power from the PSU, the extra room is not available. The GTX 1050 Ti fetches power directly from the PCI-E slot. The designers provided Single HDMI, Display Port, and DVI connector at the rear of the card.

Heat, noise and power consumption

Since it fetches power from the PCI-E slot, this graphic card is least power-hungry. Also, the heat emission and noise are extremely low.

Specifications of 1050 Ti: The Gist

GPC's

2

Streaming Multiprocessors

6

CDA processors

768

Texture units

48

ROP units

32

Memory clocks

3504MHz

L2 cache size

1024KB

Total video memory

4096 MB GDDR5

Memory interface

128 bit

Memory bandwidth

112 GB/s

Fabrication process

14nm

Transistor count

3.3 billion

Connectors

1 x Display Port
1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDM

Form factor

Dual slot

Thermal threshold

97°C

 

Pros:

  • Can play all games at Full HD.
  • Power consumption is amazingly low.
  • Minimalistic design.

Cons:

  • You need to drop some high-end games to medium settings.

Should You Go For It?

The 1050 Ti is a blend of power consumption and gaming grunt. A powerful card that is smaller and quieter than this is hard to find. It can swiftly handle all latest games at Full HD resolutions for both Medium and High settings. It has 4GB memory so playing in Full HD shall be fun. It is worth buying.

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