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The EVGA GTX 1050 Ti Superclocked Review

Intro

On Tuesday, Nvidia launched their new Pascal GPU GP107 as the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti which are designed to take on the AMD Radeon RX 460.  GP107 is a lower-end GPU designed for 1920×1080 resolution and for gamers who are on a tight budget.  We received a $149 EVGA GTX 1050 Ti Superclocked (SC) Edition from EVGA the day after the GTX 1050 Ti launch review focusing on two PNY cards was posted.  The EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC is a factory overclocked card that comes without a PCIe connector which makes it especially well-suited for upgrading low power PCs.

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The AMD Polaris RX 460 arrived in August as a 2GB or 4GB 75W card on 14nm FinFET that now sells beginning at $99, depending on its vRAM capacity and core speeds.  AMD has concentrated on launching the medium to low end while Nvidia began with the high end GTX 1080 and has moved down to the low end.  For a recap of Nvidia’s Pascal architecture see our GTX 1060 Founders Edition launch article.

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We are going to focus on the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC’s performance against our factory overclocked XFX RX 460 4GB card which we bought from Newegg last week and which now sells for $139.99.  We are also going to compare the EVGA GTX 1050 TI SC against the two PNY GTX 1050 Tis that we already evaluated, for a total of nine competing cards to determine where it fits in terms of performance vs pricing.

Our testing platform is Windows 10 Home 64-bit, using an Intel Core i7-6700K at 4.00GHz which turbos to 4.4GHz for all cores as set in the ASRock Z7170 motherboard’s BIOS, and 16GB of Kingston DDR4 at 3333MHz. The settings and hardware are identical except for the drivers being tested.

We test 28 games and 2 synthetics featuring our newest 2016 games, Shadow Warrior 2 and Civilization VI, and we are also including Ashes of the Singularity, Hitman, Total War Warhammer, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Gears of War 4, and Rise of the Tomb Raider using DX12.  We also use Futuremark’s DX12 benchmark, Time Spy, and will compare gaming performance with maximum settings at 1920×1080.

Here is our test bed:

  • EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC – $149
  • PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 OC Edition – $159
  • PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB – $149
  • EVGA GTX 1060 3GB – $199
  • ASUS Strix GTX 960 OC 2GB – $169
  • ASUS Strix GTX 950 OC 2GB – $137
  • GTX 750 Ti – $99
  • XFX RX 460 4GB – $139
  • PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 4GB – $184

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The $149 EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC vs. the $139 XFX RX 460

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is quite small when compared with its competitor, the XFX RX 460. One fan serves the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC, whereas the XFX RX 460 uses two fans. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC is an excellent choice for the home theater PC (HTPC) or the small form factor (SFF) PC enthusiast, and it is an outstanding choice for a low power PSU as it does not use a PCIe cable but rather draws all of its power – up to 75W – from the PCIe slot.  Since the XFX RX 460 requires a 6-pin PCIe cable, we will also attempt to determine if the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti is held back by its having no PCIe cable.

The EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming Edition

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming edition video card featuring EVGA ACX 2.0 cooling has arrived with a retail price of $149.evga-gtx-1050-ti-models

This EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming is clocked at 1354MHz base/1468 Boost which is clocked above the lowest two of the five GTX 1050 Ti EVGA models which range in price from $145 to above $159.  It has a basic 3+1 Power Phase design and it draws all of its power from the PCIe slot compared with the more expensive models which feature more robust power delivery and better cooling systems.  The SC costs $5 more than the base EVGA GTX 1050 Ti which is reference clocked at 1290MHz base/1392MHz boost.

All EVGA GTX 1050 Ti cards feature ACX fan technology with optimized swept blades, double ball bearings and a low-power motor that delivers more air flow with less power, unlocking additional power for the GPU.  The fan will even shut down when the card is not under load.ACX-2.0

Features & Specifications of EVGA’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming Edition:

Here are Nvidia’s specifications for the reference GTX 1050 Ti:1050-ti-specs

Here are the specifications and the details for the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming edition.evga-gtx-1050-ti-sc-specs

The EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC’s base clock is 1354MHz which is 64MHz above reference, and the Boost clock is 1468MHz or 76MHz above reference.  The minimum boost we actually saw is above 1632MHz and we were able to add +175MHz to the core in our preliminary overclock!  Since the GDDR5 memory is not further overclocked by EVGA, we found that we also gained some impressive performance by overclocking the memory clocks +400MHz.

From what we have seen, the specifications of the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming Editon are impressive for a $149 video card, and our sample clocked significantly higher than the guaranteed clocks.

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Our EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming Edition came directly from EVGA to BTR as a sample.  EVGA wants to make it very clear that what they sent us is the same as what you can buy from any etailer.  EVGA sent out this press release:

EVGA was one of the first graphics card companies to offer overclocked graphics cards, and since day one EVGA always delivered the exact same products to reviewers as well as customers. EVGA does not “fake” reviews or send out products with “tweaked” clockspeeds to reviewers. With EVGA Superclocked, FTW and Classified graphics cards, what you see is what you get.

Learn more.

Buyers are covered by EVGA’s 3-year warranty with a further warranty extension available upon registration within 90 days of purchase.

EVGA PrecisionX OC Unlocks automatic overclocking

Our preliminary overclock of +175MHz to the core appears to be stable and it looks pretty good so far, and we will follow up this evaluation with an overclocked-to-the-max EVGA GTX 1050 Ti versus the manually overclocked PNY GTX 1050 Tis and versus the overclocked to the max XFX RX 460 4GB to see which card ultimately delivers the highest performance.

Scanner - 2The EVGA PrecisionX OC works with Pascal architecture and now combines manual and automatic overclock tuning features to give the end user more options.

Includes Exclusive Features for EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC:

  • DirectX 12 OSD Support – See the on screen display on DirectX 12 games.
  • EVGA OC ScannerX Integration – Automatically find your optimal voltage/frequency curve!
  • K-Boost Function – Maximize your clocks with this exclusive feature.

Learn more here.

Let’s take a closer look at the new EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming Edition.