For budget conscious enthusiasts to play, NVIDIA recently introduced the GeForce GTX graphics cards in GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. These models support all older graphics adapter technology based on the Pascal architecture, with the entry-level solutions cost less than $ 200. Video card manufacturers have literally filled the shelves of the most diverse variations of the basic series GTX. Today we look at detailed proposals GIGABYTE – GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4G and GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 G1 Gaming 2G.
We have already tested the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, having a general idea about the possibilities of this model. However, the specific implementation of individual devices differ significantly among themselves, so it will be interesting to evaluate version from GIGABYTE. But with the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review is our first practical acquaintance. Therefore, before starting a review of video cards, a few general words about the youngest representative GTX line with Pascal architecture.
For the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review uses the same graphics engine as for the older “Titanium” version. With the only difference that the GP107, in this case, includes a smaller number of functional units – 640 the CUDA-cores against 768 and 40 texture units instead of 48. The number of rasterizers remained identical – 32. There is also a 128-bit memory bus in combination with GDDR5 operating at 7008 MHz. An important difference – GeForce GTX 1050 is equipped with 2 GB of memory, while the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is only available in the version with 4 GB.
Recall that the recommended price GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review and GTX 1050 Ti for the US market are $ 109 and $ 139, respectively. Of course, these data are rather interesting to assess the relative positioning, because in Ukraine after taxes, transportation, and earnings of distributors/resellers, the cost base of a discrete NVIDIA graphics grows significantly.
GIGABYTE immediately introduced a large range of models based on the GP107. Presented in the video card modification test – high-end models in its product lines belonging to G1 Gaming family.
This formula corresponds to the starting mode Gaming Mode. In this case, it is possible with a mouse click to select OC Mode, implying an increase of the chip frequency to 1391 MHz or ECO Mode, in which the GPU core frequency is set to 1290 MHz recommended.
Graphics card GIGABYTE GTX 1050 G1 Gaming 2G, as well as a factory, overclock. The default mode (Gaming Mode) suggests an increase in the base rate of the chip with the 1354 MHz to 1418 MHz.
When you go to OC Mode processor receives basic 1443 MHz, and the ECO Mode also includes a rollback to the reference 1354 MHz.
Adapters are available in boxes of identical compact and with the same minimalist set – manual and CD with software.Yes, there packaging, the devices themselves as like as two peas in a pod. Visually distinguish one from the other only by an identification label.
Design and layout
So, we have adapters with dual-slot design, which is used to cool one of the variations of the cooler Windforce 2X.
Radiator block nontrivial design includes three tapes aluminum plates combined with two heat pipes. In the present case has a direct contact between the tubes and GPU.
Area GP107 crystal is relatively small because a pair of 6-millimeter tubes fully covered silicon wafer. After polishing minimal groove between the pipes still remains, but it is filled with heat transfer compound.
At the junction plates and heat pipes used solder for improved contact between the elements. Such attention to detail, perhaps, was unexpected for such a device level.
Both considered the adapter are made on a single hardware platform. For video cards using the original circuit board with a 5-phase (4 + 1) power supply circuit stabilization.
For the power components serving the GPU, provides a little extra radiator.
Parameters VRM controller unit controls NCP81174 by ON Semiconductor.
Covered version GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review and GTX 1050 Ti, in addition to graphics processors, are even and memory chips.For a low-end model uses four chips SK Hynix H5GC4H24AJR-R0C capacity of 512MB, whereas the GTX 1050 Ti used chips Samsung K4G80325FB-HC28 twice the volume.
It should be noted that the memory also provides additional heat dissipation. A thermally conductive plate all the chips in contact with the primary radiator unit.
The pair of coolant blown Structure 90 millimeter fans which rotate in opposite directions. According to the manufacturer, thus manages to reduce turbulence and effectively dissipate heat.
In turn, the special shape of the blades is to improve the air flow generated. By the promised 23% we treat with healthy skepticism, but if there is at least a minimal improvement, it means that delights the developers were not in vain.
Both versions G1 Gaming received additional RGB-illumination. At the top end adapters illuminated logo with the company name. In addition, a number of well-placed mode indicator of the cooling system.
At rest, the fans are stopped when this indicator lights «Fan Stop» on the top panel of the graphics card. This simple technique allows you to visually define the operation of the CO if the system is assembled in a housing with a transparent side wall. The idea is interesting, but how this is useful in practice – an open question.
For the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review and GTX 1050 Ti claimed TDP (TDP) of 75 watts, which means that in nominal mode, these video cards can do without the additional power to obtain all the necessary ports on the PCI Express x16. But in this case, the manufacturer suggests using a 6-pin connector 12 to increase the power. This is not surprising, especially in the case of the tuned GTX Ti 1050 with equipped with 4 GB of memory. However, an identical layout is used for both the younger 1050 GTX.
On the reverse side of the video card are covered by a metal plate. This decorative plate adds external solidity and enhances the mechanical strength of the structure, but it certainly affects the final cost of the card.
GIGABYTE offers for modification G1 Gaming five video outputs. This extended set that is not characteristic for the entry-level devices. The panel presented DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b three full-length and one DisplayPort. About a quarter of the plate takes the grid for partial withdrawal of air.
The total length of video cards – 220 mm, because the installation even in compact housing no problem should not occur.
Both graphics cards support Hybrid operation of the cooling system. At rest, the fans do not rotate. The effectiveness of the radiator block is enough to keep the GPU temperature at 37-40S level.
The fans are started when the loaded chip warms up to 60 degrees. The peak temperature values for GTX 1050 Ti – 63C for almost 1200 revolutions/min, whereas GTX graphics processor 1050 is heated to 62 degrees, and the fan speed does not exceed 1150 rev/min. The level of noise emitted in both cases is very low.
In a closed and poorly blown body temperature and speed will be slightly higher.
For instance, during experiments with 1050 GTX Ti under these conditions chip peak temperature rose to 65 C, while the fan speed was increased to 1350 rev/min. But in this case, the card is very quiet. Because of the closed housing with adapter subsoil could be heard after the manual speed increase up to 1500-1600 rev/min.
On the whole, already well imagine the possibility of introducing GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, because in this case is of great practical interest is the performance of the younger model – GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review. To evaluate it, we used the already familiar graphical environment. The lower position is GeForce GTX 750 Ti, the diagrams also show the results of GeForce GTX 960 4 GB and novelties main competitor – Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470. Topping the list is the representative of the middle class – GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB.
Already on the first results of the tests shows that the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review even with the recommended frequency chip and memory values are somewhat ahead of Radeon RX 460. The presence of 4 GB of memory in AMD youngest model in some situations, rescues, but even in this case, it is only approaching the 1050 GTX. often, the latter is faster by 10-20%, although, of course, there is still a lot depends on the game engine.
If we talk about the difference between the performance of GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review and GTX 1050 Ti, the situation is ambiguous. The advantage of the older model ranges from 10-30%, and this is largely dependent on the desired amount of video memory. If the game is enough to 2 GB, the preponderance of «Ti» minimal. But if the game engine and related graphics settings require more memory, an older model provides almost a third higher performance. Yet this advantage too, should not be discounted when selecting a specific device.
As can be seen in the diagrams, the results of GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review is often similar to those of the GeForce GTX 960, which is a good enough level for both primary class gaming solutions. In view of the 2 GB of memory, the owner of the GeForce GTX 1050 may count on a comfortable performance frames/sec in mode Full HD, but only at medium quality settings. Especially if we are talking about “heavy” projects. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti slightly increases this threshold but does not allow to dramatically improve performance.
It is interesting to compare the possibility of GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review 2 GB and GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2 GB. Here the advantage of novelty is very convincing – 50-65%. In fact, for the same money, we get the significant increase in graphics performance.
As we have seen earlier, to compare the performance of even tuned GeForce GTX 1050 Ti c that of the Radeon RX 470 is futile for NVIDIA solutions. In this comparison graphics chip, AMD is often about 30% advantage because it is obvious that on the GP107 devices should be cheaper cards based on AMD Ellesmere. Even if we are talking about the originally advanced models.
PROS: Efficient and quiet cooling system; passive work with the minimum load; factory overclocked GPU; RGB-lighting indicator of the fans; five video outputs; protective plate on the back side PCB
CONS: High price
Video-based GPU GP107 – interesting solutions for use in an entry-level gaming system. GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 review copes with the role of the conventional starting point. The basic version of NVIDIA replays Radeon RX 460, although it is slightly more expensive. In both cases, the 1050 GTX series devices allow counting on a good performance in Full HD mode with average graphics quality settings. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has a slightly larger capacity. Primarily because of the 4 GB of memory, allows you to actively experiment with the quality of the final image. As for the devices examined by GIGABYTE, these adapters are actually liked everything except for the price.This is one of the most expensive versions of its product lines. Graphics cards are an excellent element base, a nice factory overclocks, RGB-display, quiet and efficient cooling system with a passive operation in idle mode. However, additional accessories unpleasant price increases. The current retail price of GIGABYTE GTX 1050 G1 Gaming 2G in Ukraine is about $ 165, and this is the level of the basic version GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. In turn, the GIGABYTE GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4G is offered for about $ 210, which is only slightly cheaper than the most affordable versions Radeon RX 470 4 GB or even GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB, and this is another class of devices. However, the price – the value of the variable. If the manufacturer will be able to balance its proposals will have cheap fans to play neat entry-level device.