21 GeForce GTX 1050's and GTX 1050 Ti's tested: gaming with little ones

Largest comparison test of smaller cards

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Throttling test

While the different turbo technologies keep getting more advanced, the actual performance during gaming depends a lot on whether or not the cooling is adequate enough to keep the clockspeed at a high level. After all, if the card lowers the clock frequency after a few minutes of gaming, the performance will suffer from this. That is why we run the throttling test. It will show if the advertised performance will be achievable after a longer period of gaming.

The throttling test consists of running our F1 2015 benchmark seventeen times, taking about half an hour. Meanwhile we keep an eye on the clock speeds and temperatures by writing them to a log file every second. Afterwards we analyze this data, with the charts below as the end result.

Due to the large amount of data, this time we've put the results of the throttling test in a table. It will not surprise anyone that the well-performing 1050's also achieve the highest speeds in our throttling test. The ASUS card is the only 1050 Ti to break the 1800 MHz barrier, while Gigabyte has the fastest 1050.

GeForce GTX 1050 Stable clock speed
ASUS Strix 1695 MHz
ASUS Strix OC 1759 MHz
EVGA SSC 1759 MHz
Gigabyte G1 Gaming 1797 MHz
Gigabyte OC LP 1658 MHz
KFA2 OC 1785 MHz
MSI Aero ITX OC 1759 MHz
MSI Gaming X 1709 MHz
MSI OC 1759 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Stable clock speed
ASUS Strix 1683 MHz
ASUS Strix OC 1823 MHz
EVGA SC 1683 MHz
Gigabyte G1 Gaming 1797 MHz
KFA2 OC LP 1645 MHz
MSI Aero ITX OC 1645 MHz
MSI Gaming X 1797 MHz
MSI LP 1671 MHz
MSI V2 OC 1633 MHz
Palit KalmX 1595 MHz
PNY XLR8 1785 MHz
Zotac Mini 1607 MHz

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