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The PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB & GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 OC Gaming Review vs. the XFX RX 460 4GB

Intro

Nvidia has just launched their new Pascal GPU GP107 as the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti which will 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 ($149.99) PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB card and a ($159.99) PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 Overclocked Gaming Edition which we are going to compare with our factory overclocked XFX RX 460 4GB card which we bought from Newegg last week and now sells for $149.99.  We are also going to compare the two PNY GTX 1050 Tis with six other competing cards using our updated 28-game benchmark suite.dscn1974

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.  The natural comparison we will make is between the $149 reference clocked PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB card versus the factory overclocked $149 XFX RX 460.dscn1983

Now it’s Nvidia’s turn to launch their two new entry level GeForce gaming cards starting at $109 for the GTX 1050 and $139 for the GTX 1050 Ti today from Nvidia’s add-in card partners.  For this evaluation, we are going to focus on the two PNY GTX 1050 Ti cards.  This time there are no GTX 1050/Ti Founders Editions, and for a change, the 135 square mm GP107 GPU die is fabbed at Samsung on their 14nm process instead of at TSMC at 16nm as are the rest of the Pascal cards.

9-1Nvidia suggests that the new GTX 1050 offers 3 times the performance of the Maxell GTX 650 as shown above.  Both the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti are 75W cards that do not require a PCIe connector as an easy upgrade for gamers with a 300W power supply.  The PNY GTX 1050 Ti does not use any PCIe connector while both the XFX RX 460 and the PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 OC edition use a single 6-pin connector.

Nvidia illustrates the efficacy of upgrading a video card versus the costs of upgrading a 3-year old PC using only Intel CPU graphics below.9-1-3

The low end or entry-level market is quite important to both AMD and Nvidia as PC gaming is growing fast, and more than half of all video games released in the USA are released on PC compared with the other half which are shared by the PS4 and the XBox One consoles.  Part of this resurgence in PC gaming is fueled by eSports and the availability of inexpensive but quality video card for the most popular resolution, 1920×1080.

Specifications

The GTX 1050 2GB

Although we have not received a GTX 1050, it features 640 CUDA cores, 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit bus running at 7Gbps, and a boost clock of 1.45GHz.  1050-specs

PNY offers a GTX 1050 2GB version which is priced ten dollars over the base GTX 1050 at $119.00 and it uses the reference clocks.

The GTX 1050 uses no extra power cable making it ideal for games with small capacity power supply units (PSU) and it is a good upgrade for GTX 750 Ti users.  However, we are going to compare the performance of the GTX 750 Ti with the reference clocked PNY GTX 1050 Ti to see if it is a worthwhile upgrade at $149 as both cards draw their power only from the PCIe slot.

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PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB (left) and GTX 750 Ti (right) Both cards draw their power only from the PCIe slot

The GTX 1050 Ti

The GTX 1050 Ti features 768 CUDA cores, the same memory configuration as the GTX 1050, and it is clocked at 1.35GHz. Some partner cards will use a 6-pin PCIe connector for overclocking as PNY does for its GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 Overclocked Editon, and evidently some of the GTX 1050s will clock to 1.9GHz.

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Here are the specifications for the PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB standard edition which is priced at $149.  As you can see, it uses GTX 1050 reference clocks.pny-specs1050ti-2

Here are the specifications for the PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 Overclocked Gaming edition which is priced at $159.pny-specs1050ti-159-xlr8

The PNY GTX 1050 Ti base clock is at 1366MHz core clock which is 76MHz over Nvidia’s reference clocks, and the Boost is 1480MHz, which is clocked 88MHz over Nvidia’s guaranteed boost, and it is priced $20 over Nvidia’s entry level pricing for the base GTX 1050 Ti.

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The PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB XLR8 Overclocked edition uses a single PCIe connector for overclocking

Like all of the other Pascal cards, the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti include support for all of Nvidia’s Pascal features including Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology, which allows them to seamlessly project a single image simultaneously to both eyes. And like the other more expensive Pascal cards, the GTX 1050/1050 Ti can support using up to four displays simultaneously.

The GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti also supports Nvidia Ansel technology, a game-capture tool that allows gamers to explore and share gaming art in new ways. With Ansel, users can compose their gameplay shots by pointing the camera in any direction and from any vantage point within a gaming world, and then capture 360-degree stereo photospheres for viewing with a VR headset or with Google Cardboard.  For a recap of Nvidia’s Pascal architecture see our GTX 1060 Founders Edition launch article.

The $149 PNY GeForce GTX 1050 4GB & the $159 GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 OC vs. the factory overclocked $149 XFX RX 460

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PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 OC edition (left) vs. the XFX RX 460 4GB OC (center) vs. the PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB (right)

AMD is evidently dropping the pricing on the RX 460 to $99 for the entry-level base 2GB cards and to $169 for the base RX 470 in advance of the release of the GTX 1050s.  However, AMD’s premium overclocked partner cards’ pricing has mostly remained the same on Newegg with some softening in the form of mail in rebates.  All of these cards have low power requirements and are aimed at the HTPC or small form factor PC enthusiast as well as at the gamer on a tight budget.  The GTX 1050 and the PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB edition have no power connector and are aimed at enthusiasts with low power PSUs.  The GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti are also aimed at 1920×1080 resolution and especially at the eSports gamers.

Our Big Picture Test bed of Competing Cards

This evaluation is focused on performance, and we will especially compare the PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and the XLR8 Overclocked Gaming edition against the XFX RX 460 4GB overclocked edition. We will also compare the performance of 6 other competing video card configurations including the GTX 1060 3GB, the GTX 960 2GB OC, the GTX 950 2GB OC, the GTX 750 Ti, the GTX 1060 3GB, and the RX 470 to determine where the new PNY GTX 1050 Tis fit in terms of performance vs pricing.

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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 G.SKILL DDR4 at 3000MHz. 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, Gears of War 4, and Rise of the Tomb Raider using DX12.  We have also added Futuremark’s DX12 benchmark, Time Spy, and will compare gaming performance with maximum settings at 1920×1080.

Here is our test bed:

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

Let’s take a closer look at the new PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and the GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 Overclocked Gaming Edition.

  • Casecutter

    Well I don’t know I’d recommend a 4Gb card in the low end entry segment, exactly why Nvidia brought no “dog to the hunt” as 1050 4Gb versions to this release. It seems like you had had to go out of your way to pick a fight with a RX 460 4Gb, when it’s the 1050 2Gb that’s where we’d like to see the pairing. Working a still pricey at the time of purchase RX 460 4Gb against a 1050Ti 4Gb was not some surprise! While I think it is worth mentioning that that XFX RX 460 4Gb has fluctuated from a low of $110 to $135-150 over the last couple of weeks.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/product/BjH48d/xfx-radeon-rx-460-4gb-double-dissipation-video-card-rx-460p4dfg5

    The real story here is the two OC Custom’s go head-to-head! A GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 Overclocked ($170), and the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 4GB that has been as low as $180 (beginning of Oct) and one comes out bloodied. That’s the real battle and the proper “Title” here in how that GP107 get’s it doors blown off!

    Why AMD even thought they needed to lower the 470 for the 1050Ti seems ridiculous now, other than as I believed in the beginning the 470 was priced a little high, only because they had trouble filling the market and folks wanted it and at the time there wasn’t competition until the 1060 3Gb. Now AMD can make the 470 an excellent purchase against the 1050Ti in those over wrought custom trims, all while still keeping strong perf/$ in how it spares with the 1060 3Gb for 1080p.

    • BabelTechReviews

      BTR did not get a review sample of the GTX 1050 2GB card.

      At the time of posting the evaluation, the Red Devil RX 470 is $185 and the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB card is $199. At $159, the PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 is in a lower price range than either card. The GTX 1050 Ti’s competition at the time of posting is the XFX RX 460 at $149.

      The PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB comes without a PCIe connector, and as such makes it a $149 upgrade to the GTX 750 Ti making it ideally suited for HTPC, SFF, and low-power PSUs. This is something that the RX 470 and GTX 1060 3GB are not as well suited for.

      We received a $149 EVGA GTX 1050 Ti Superclocked edition after this evaluation was posted and we will have a standalone review of it tomorrow. Although it is overclocked, tt does not come with a PCIe connector which makes it suitable for low-power PCs where the RX 470/GTX 1060-3GB cannot go.

      We think it is good to have more choices available to PC gamer. There is a rather large performance gap between the RX 460 and the RX 470 where the new GTX 1050 Ti now resides. And the market will determine where the pricing eventually settles.

    • BTR did not get a review sample of the GTX 1050 2GB card.

      At the time of posting the evaluation, the Red Devil RX 470 is $185 and the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB card is $199. At $159, the PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 is in a lower price range than either card. The GTX 1050 Ti’s competition at the time of posting is the XFX RX 460 at $149.

      The PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB comes without a PCIe connector, and as such makes it a $149 upgrade to the GTX 750 Ti making it ideally suited for HTPC, SFF, and low-power PSUs. This is something that the RX 470 and GTX 1060 3GB are not as well suited for.

      We received a $149 EVGA GTX 1050 Ti Superclocked edition after the evaluation was posted and we will have a standalone evaluation of it tomorrow. It does not come with a PCIe connector which makes it suitable for low-power PCs where the RX 470/GTX 1060-3GB cannot go.

      We think it is good to have more choices available to PC gamer. There is a rather large performance gap between the RX 460 and the RX 470 where the new GTX 1050 Ti now resides. And the market will determine where the pricing eventually settles.

    • BabelTechReviews

      BTR did not get a review sample of the GTX 1050 2GB card.

      At the time of posting the evaluation, the Red Devil RX 470 is $185 and the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB card is $199. At $159, the PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 is in a lower price range than either card. The GTX 1050 Ti’s competition at the time of posting is the XFX RX 460 at $149.

      The PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB comes without a PCIe connector, and as such makes it a $149 upgrade to the GTX 750 Ti making it ideally suited for HTPC, SFF, and low-power PSUs. This is something that the RX 470 and GTX 1060 3GB are not as well suited for.

      We received a $149 EVGA GTX 1050 Ti Superclocked edition after the evaluation was posted and we will have a standalone evaluation of it tomorrow. It does not come with a PCIe connector which makes it suitable for low-power PCs where the RX 470/GTX 1060-3GB cannot go.

      We think it is good to have more choices available to PC gamer. There is a rather large performance gap between the RX 460 and the RX 470 where the new GTX 1050 Ti now resides. And the market will determine where the pricing eventually settles.