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

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Conclusion

A GeForce GTX 1050 will allow you to game pretty well at Full HD, however the 1050 Ti is more future proof thanks to it's twice as large memory. If you're planning to use the card for other purposes, such as decoding H.265 video material, this won't matter of course.

Which cards would we recommend? The Great Value Award goes to the KFA2 GTX 1050 OC: you sacrifice luxury, however the competition doesn't even come close to the low price of this product. Since the fan runs at a fixed speed, the noise levels remain constant, however luckily enough the fixed speed isn't set too high. It's therefore definitely not a loud card.

If price is less of an issue for you, MSI is the manufacturer you should consider. Both the GTX 1050 Gaming X and the GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X receive an Excellent Choice Award - they perform excellently while not making any noise. The dual-fan cooler might feel overkill, however this allows MSI to keep noise production to a minimum. The ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Strix OC stood out in the first place due to its lighting, high performance and FanConnect, however it has become quite expensive and therefore it does not receive any awards. The PNY 1050 Ti XLR8 also stands out in a positive way, however it's not readily available at all and it has also become more expensive. 

You might look at a passive card from Palit for usage in an HTPC, however it's quite expensive. The Gigabyte GTX 1050 OC LP is much more affordable and ideal for this purpose: it's low-profile, no longer than the motherboard and also fairly quiet. What's more, it comes with a second HDMI output, which is not present on any of the other cards - for mediacenter-like purposes it could prove to be very useful. If you want a bit more power, while having space constraints, the MSI GTX 1050 Ti Aero ITX OC is an excellent alternative. Both options receive an Excellent Choice Award.


KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 OC


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 OC LP
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Gaming X
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Aero ITX OC
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X


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