GTX 1050 Ti: The Only Escape From Cryptomining?

Here we are almost 6 months later and the
pricing effects from cryptocurrency mining are still around. Howdy howdy guys ponchato here, and today
we’re going to look at what might be the only saving grace left in budget gaming: NVIDIA’s
GTX 1050 Ti. This card was released just about a year ago
in late October of 2016 at a launch price of $139 USD and is one of the few cards still
available at close to its launch price. It runs at a core frequency of 1291MHz and
comes with 4GB of GDDR5 memory at a speed of 1752MHz giving it a memory bandwidth of
112GB/s. It’s equipped with 768 shaders and is rated
for 2138 GFLOPS of floating-point performance. NVIDIA recommends a 400W power supply and
the card is rated for a 75W TDP: that means it doesn’t require an extra PCIe power connector
to function.

Summed up in real world terms this is a lower
mid-range card with 4 gigs of memory that you can drop into just about any system with
a x16 PCIe slot. The specific card I’m testing today comes
from Zotac, their GTX 1050 Ti Mini, which is designed for cramped cases as it’s only
145mm or 5.7 inches long, barely reaching past the PCIe slot itself. It’s a dual slot card but a single slot
bracket, so it vents into the case rather than out the back, and comes with a DVI, HDMI,
and DP connection, par for most cards below $200.

The test setup today is my Tank build with
an i5-7500 and 8GB of DDR4-2400 memory, and all benchmarks are run at 1080p. First on the list is Battlefield 1. Like most cross-platform games, this was designed
to run acceptably on consoles so a 1050 Ti should be able to handle it pretty easily. On low settings, the 1050 Ti manages 144FPS
average with 1% lows at 76 and 0.1% lows at 48 frames per second. On medium settings, the average drops to 92
with lows at 63 and 52, while on high the average drops to 63 with lows at 47 and 41.

Maxed out at ultra settings, the 1050 Ti comes
up just short of the magic 60FPS number at an average of 59 with lows at 45 and 40. Battlefield 1 is a highly optimized game so
it’s no surprise that the 1050 Ti can max it out and still keep up smooth and playable
frame rates. Next up, Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Being an esports title it’s easy to run,
but high level players are extremely sensitive to FPS drops, so let’s look at the 1050
Ti’s performance. On low settings, it averages just under 298
frames per second with 1% lows at 137 and 0.1% lows at 46. On medium settings the average is 281 with
lows at 143 and 74FPS. On the highest settings, the 1050 Ti averages
217FPS with 1% lows at 79 and 0.1% lows at 26 frames per second. Looks like the 1050 Ti can handle CSGO with
ease. Third on the list is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This is the most graphically intensive game
I test, so even the mid-range 1050 Ti is going to have some trouble.

On low settings, it averages 51 FPS with lows
at 39 and 37. Medium settings drop that average by 10, while
the lows hit 32 in the 1% case and 31 in the 0.1% case. On high settings, average FPS is 35, 1% lows
are 27, and 0.1% lows are at 25. On very high settings the game just barely
manages 30FPS with lows at 24 and 23 FPS. On ultra the 1050 Ti makes it basically unplayable. 25 FPS average with lows at 14 and 11FPS each.

Even if you’re okay with playing at 30 frames
per second, anything above high settings is going to be pretty rough in Deus Ex. Next, GTA V. Since this is a cross-platform
game released with consoles, we should be able to get very good performance from the
1050 Ti. On low settings we run into the ever-presenting
stutter problem with average FPS at 123 and lows at 8 and 7 respectively. The game isn’t playable on these settings. At medium however, the game runs much more
nicely: 81FPS average, 1% lows at 59, and 0.1% lows at an unobtrusive 46. Even on high settings the performance is still
great: 68FPS average, 50FPS 1% lows, and 39FPS 0.1% lows. That’s good enough to effectively max out
GTA V with a 1050 Ti and not have to worry about the frame rate. Next up, Just Cause 3. Performance in this game is quite finicky
but it does tend to prefer NVIDIA GPUs, so we should see some pretty nice frame rates. Indeed on low settings, the game averages
105 FPS with lows at 52 and 47. On medium, the average is similar at 99 FPS
but lows drop down a bit; 48 FPS for the 1% lows and 39 FPS for the 0.1% lows. On high settings the 1050 Ti averages just
under that magic 60FPS number with 58 frames per second.

Lows drop to 33 in the 1% case and 28 in the
0.1% case. Given these results, the game is perfectly
playable on high settings at 1080p and looks amazing. Moving on, let’s look at Overwatch. It’s an Esports title and since it was produced
by Blizzard, it’s crazy well optimized. On low settings, the 1050 Ti averages 232
FPS with lows at 193 and 169. Medium settings put it at 173 FPS average,
146 FPS 1% lows, and 126 FPS 0.1% lows. On high settings, the average is 136 with
lows at 116 and 106, while on ultra the average is 116 with lows at 100 and 95 – the first
time it drops below 100.

Maxed out on epic settings, the game averages
82 FPS with 1% lows at 71 and 0.1% lows at 68. That’s enough to call the 1050 Ti good for
maxing out Overwatch at 1080p and still maintaining better than 60FPS. Seventh in the list is one of the most popular
games in recent history: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It’s early release, it’s unoptimized,
and they’re still making significant changes to performance every few months so if you’re
watching this in the future, these results may be off or just completely inaccurate,
depending on how they patch the game. Anyway, for right now, this is how the 1050
Ti handles PUBG.

On very low settings the game averages 89
FPS, 1% lows sit at 53, and 0.1% lows hit 27 frames per second. On low settings, the average drops to 70 FPS,
1% lows hit 39, and 0.1% lows go down to a fairly harsh 17 FPS. Medium settings are the highest you can go
and still maintain 60FPS average; 1% lows sit at 32 and 0.1% lows hit 16FPS. On high, the average drops to 52 frames per
second with lows at 30 and 15 FPS. On ultra, the game is actually surprisingly
smooth; 40 FPS average, 27FPS 1% lows, and 14 FPS 0.1% lows. I personally wouldn’t play like that, but
if you’re a glutton for eye candy the 1050 Ti can still keep you covered. That aside, this GPU is good for 60FPS at
medium settings in PUBG. Last in the lineup is Rocket League. Another esports title, but on top of that
it’s cross platform with consoles, so you can get some pretty ridiculous FPS numbers,
even with a mid-range GPU like the 1050 Ti. On low settings, it averages well over 300
FPS with 1% lows at 234 and 0.1% lows at 175.

On medium, those numbers drop considerably,
down to 184FPS average, 129 FPS 1% lows, and 56 FPS 0.1% lows. On the highest settings, the game average
110FPS with lows at 76 and 46 frames per second. Don’t let the chart mislead you though,
the bars on high settings look short but that average is still nearly double most monitor’s
refresh rates. The 1050 Ti can easily max out Rocket League’s
settings. To give you guys a better general idea of
performance from the graphics cards and CPUs I test, I’m introducing a new section to
my benchmarks covering average FPS across multiple games. I have it split into two charts: average FPS
in esports titles, and average FPS in non-esports titles.

The reason for this is that performance in
esports titles is radically different than that of “typical” games like GTA V or
PUBG; if you average performance from PUBG with performance in CSGO, you’ll get a number
that’s meaningless for both games. First we’ll look at the non-esports average. These results are the combined numbers from
Battlefield 1, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, GTA V, Just Cause 3, and PUBG. The lowest settings will net you just over
100 frames per second with lows at 45 and 33FPS – note that GTA V’s stuttering glitch
is messing up these lows quite a bit. On medium settings you can expect around 75FPS
average with lows at 47 and 37 frames per second.

On the highest settings, average FPS is usually
around 50, while 1% lows sit at 34 and 0.1% lows hit 27. Based on this, if your target is 60FPS average,
the 1050 Ti will get you there with somewhere between medium and high settings, depending
on the game. Next, average performance in esports titles. This is the combined average from CSGO, Overwatch,
and Rocket League. Low settings will net you about 290FPS average,
188 FPS 1% lows, and 130 FPS 0.1% lows. On medium, the average drops to 213 with lows
at 139 and 85.

Finally on high or max settings the average
sits at 136 FPS, 1% lows are around 76 frames per second, and 0.1% lows drop to 47. Based on these results, if your goal is 120
or 144Hz gaming, the 1050 Ti can very nearly max out games and still hit that average. Next we’ll look at power consumption and
temperatures. Comparing temperatures on GPUs is a bit less
accurate than CPUs, since basically every card has a different cooler, but we can at
least get some ballpark numbers. These temperatures were measured in a room
at 24C, and power consumption figures are for the entire test setup as measured from
the wall.

At idle with the 1050 Ti, the system drew
47W and the GPU settled at 33C. While stress testing with Unigine’s Valley,
the system drew a surprisingly small 106W and the 1050 Ti leveled out at 62C. A nice note here is that the GPU fan never
had to spin up past 45% speed, the minimum allowed by its BIOS, and was essentially inaudible
over the other fans in the case. In short, the GTX 1050 Ti is a great value
card for 1080p gaming, especially considering we’ll still in the middle of this cryptocurrency…
thing. It’s generally good for medium to high settings
while maintaining 60FPS, and easily maxes out esports titles at somewhere around 100-200
frames per second. On top of this it doesn’t use much power,
doesn’t need a 6 pin power cable, doesn’t get very hot, and doesn’t make much noise. I’ve actually switched over to the 1050
Ti now full time, rather than using my RX 480, mostly because the 1050 Ti is so much
quieter and so much cooler, while still delivering performance that’s more than enough for
my needs.

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