Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition Review (4GB GDDR5)

Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition (4GB GDDR5) graphics card. It’s aimed at the lower end of the market for gamers who are on a budget, but want the latest graphics architecture from Nvidia.

Nvidia has already wow’ed us with their GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, but what can the GTX 1050 Ti offer in terms of performance?

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The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti uses the same Pascal architecture as found on all of Nvidia’s 10-series. However, it features only 768 CUDA cores, a lower clock rate of 1209MHz, 128-bit memory bus, a lower memory speed of 7Gbps and less VRam of 4GB GDDR5.

Although Nvidia reduced a lot of features on the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, it should be adequate enough to run most games. But don’t expected 4K or 60FPS gaming. Again, I have to remind you … this card is aimed at the entry-level market, so don’t expect and bells and whistles.

 

 

After removing the heatsink of the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, we find Nvidia’s GPU with the markings GP107-400-A1. 

Like I said before, Zotac have always produced and sold pre-overclocked graphic cards. And this is no different even for their GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. They’ve bumped it up to 1392 MHz from the normal clock rate of 1290 MHz, that’s an increase of 102 MHz. Boost clock reaches 1506 MHz over the standard boost clock of 1392 MHz.

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With an increased clock rate … it should give the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti an advantage over other GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards.

Here’s a quick comparison of the GeForce GTX 10-series from Nvidia (default reference specs) …

  GeForce GTX 1070 GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GeForce GTX 980
Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal Maxwell
CUDA Cores 1920 1280 768 2048
Frame Buffer 8GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR5
Base Clock Speed 1506 MHz
1506 MHz
1290 MHz
1126 MHz
Boost Clock Speed 1683 MHz
1708 MHz
1392 MHz 1216 MHz
Memory Speed 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 7Gbps 7Gbps
Memory Bus 256-bit 192-bit 128-bit 256-bit
DX12 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vulkan API Yes Yes Yes No

 

For those who don’t know who Zotac is, here’s a little blurb taken from their website

BRAND STORY

ZOTAC, the creator of the Original Mini PC, derives its name from the words “zone” and “tact”, aptly referencing our skill & expertise in the zones of PC components, systems, and manufacturing. Combining both function and design, ZOTAC strives to create the latest technological products that epitomize form, utility, and style.

 

Innovation, Quality and responsibility

ZOTAC believes being at the forefront of innovation is the key to the future. Our dedication to produce quality products us the backbone of our business model, and we work round-the-clock to ensure all our products are up to then our rigorous standards.

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With a lower number of CUDA cores, less VRAM, lower clock rate and lower memory bus, I’m not expecting the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to make any real noises. However, I’m hoping it will give us some decent performance … enough to run all the latest games and fully complete our benchmark tests.

We’ll be comparing the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition with its bigger brothers, the GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1070. We’ll also be testing this card using a number of benchmarks, including 3DMark Time Spy (DX12), Heavensward (DX11), Unigine Valley (DX11) and DOOM (Vulcan).

Ok, let’s dive straight in and start by looking at the specifications of Zotac GeForce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition in our next page.

 

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