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MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4 GB Review

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The sub-$200 market-segment has been NVIDIA's problem area in terms of price-performance competitiveness with AMD, even though the company has had higher volumes. AMD's recent architecture launches focused heavily on this general market-segment with $250, $210, $180, and $110 products. AMD has a smaller war chest than NVIDIA and is hence focusing on the biggest segment within PC gaming - competitive e-Sports. Most games released for the competitive gaming crowd run great on sub-$300 graphics cards, and it's only blockbuster AAA titles with cutting-edge production designs that prompt people to invest in faster graphics solutions, where NVIDIA has established an unbeatable lead.

NVIDIA is getting hawkish and wants itself a bigger slice of the sub-$200 market-segment targeting e-Sports players. The company launched the $139.99 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and $109.99 GTX 1050 earlier this month with market availability and performance reviews set for today. The two SKUs are based on NVIDIA's smallest implementation of its "Pascal" GPU architecture, the GP107 silicon. This tiny chip packs up to 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory on the GTX 1050 Ti.

These are still "Pascal" CUDA cores that tick at 1.35-1.45 GHz. NVIDIA's decision to go with a 128-bit wide memory bus shows that the GTX 1050 Ti has been built to a cost (with no more than four memory chips), which prepares NVIDIA for a price war with better-endowed (costlier to make) AMD offerings. NVIDIA managed to get the power consumption of the GTX 1050 Ti below the 75W mark, which makes it capable of sustaining itself on slot power alone. Its nearest rival from AMD, the Radeon RX 470 4GB, needs an additional 6-pin PCIe power connector to feed its 120W TDP setup.

In this review, we are testing the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X, a premium custom-design graphics card by MSI that combines a factory-overclocked GTX 1050 Ti implementation with the company's signature Twin Frozr cooling solution, which turns its fans off when the GPU is idling, and a custom-design PCB that features an additional 6-pin PCIe power connector to help bolster the card's overclocking headroom.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Market Segment Analysis
GTX 950
RX 460
GTX 1050
GTX 960
R9 380
GTX 1050 Ti
MSI GTX 1050
Ti Gaming X
RX 470
R9 390
GTX 970
RX 480
GeForce GTX
1060 3 GB
Shader Units7688966401024179276876820482560166423041152
Graphics ProcessorGM206BaffinGP107GM206TongaGP107GP107EllesmereHawaiiGM204EllesmereGP106
Memory Size2 GB4 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB8 GB4 GB8 GB3 GB
Memory Bus Width128 bit128 bit128 bit128 bit256 bit128 bit128 bit256 bit512 bit256 bit256 bit192 bit
Core Clock1024 MHz+1200 MHz1354 MHz+1127 MHz+970 MHz1290 MHz+1354 MHz+1206 MHz1000 MHz1051 MHz+1266 MHz1506 MHz+
Memory Clock1653 MHz1750 MHz1752 MHz1753 MHz1375 MHz1752 MHz1752 MHz1650 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz2002 MHz


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