GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti low-profile round-up: HTPC cards

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Test method

As always with our reviews of custom cards we'll test a selection of games whenever AMD or Nvidia releases a new GPU. After all we want to find out how the card performs compared to other cards based on the same GPU, in this case compared to other GTX 1050s and 1050 Tis.

We run 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme with the graphics cards, as well as the following games:

  • Battlefield 4
  • DiRT Rally
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Metro Last Light
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

The aforementioned games are run at two resolutions and two quality pre-sets:

  • 1920x1080 (Full HD) Medium / Normal
  • 1920x1080 (Full HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
  • 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Medium / Normal
  • 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA

We also measure the power consumption and noise levels of the graphics cards. Lastly we also look at how the clockspeed changes during a long gaming session, to find out if the cooler on the card is adequate enough to prevent thermal throttling.

We also included a couple of 'normal' GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Tis in the graphs, for reference, however it should be noted that this comparison isn't completely fair.


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three products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 OC LP 2GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, 1367 MHz, 2048 MB

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£122.99

Avg. £128.99
6 shops, 5x stock

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC LP 4GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 1304 MHz, 4096 MB

Specifications Test results Reviews

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti LP 4GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 1291 MHz, 4096 MB

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£162.97

Avg. £163.57
4 shops, 2x stock

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