With 4GB of RAM and an attractive price tag, the GTX 1050 Ti sets a new standard for budget PC gaming.
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at a glanceHow powerful is the GTX 1050 Ti? The GTX 1050 Ti offers a fluid gaming experience at 1080p and Medium to High settings in most current games.
When did the GTX 1050 Ti come out? Nvidia launched the GTX 1050 Ti on 25 October 2016.
How much does the GTX 1050 Ti cost? The GTX 1050 Ti retails for around $250-$300.
What is the GTX 1050 Ti?
The GTX 1050 Ti is an enhanced version of Nvidia's GTX 1050 graphics card. Like its sibling, the GTX 1050 Ti is an entry-level card aimed at the budget-conscious gamer who doesn't need to crank every game to its highest settings or play at resolutions higher than 1080p.
Both the GTX 1050 Ti and the standard GTX 1050 share much of the same internal hardware and features. The two key differences lie with memory and GPU clock speed. Where the GTX 1050 only sports 2GB of GDDR5 RAM, the GTX 1050 Ti upgrades this to 4GB. The trade-off there is that the GTX 1050 Ti features a slower GPU, with its base clock speed sitting at 1290MHz and its boost clock topping out at 1392MHz.
In practice, these differences give the GTX 1050 Ti a noticeable performance boost of anywhere between 10% and 20% higher framerates over the GTX 1050. On Medium to High graphics settings, it typically delivers around 60fps at 1080p in most modern games. Dial up the settings to Very High or Ultra and the GTX 1050 Ti will still maintain a solid 30fps in the vast majority of current titles.
This level of performance aligns roughly with the capabilities of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, making the GTX 1050 Ti a solid choice for anyone looking for a PC-based alternative to current-generation consoles. The only area where the GTX 1050 Ti plays second fiddle to its console brethren is in virtual reality. Despite Nvidia's Pascal GPU architecture touting enhanced VR as a key benefit, the GTX 1050 Ti only just meets the minimum requirements for the Oculus Rift, while the HTC Vive requires at least a GTX 1060 for a stable experience.
While the guts of the GTX 1050 Ti are slightly different to the GTX 1050, the outside is identical. Most GTX 1050 Ti variants are dual-width cards and as such take up two slots on your motherboard. If your PC is already running low on space or you're building a compact rig, there are also single-slot variants for sale from select manufacturers.
Like the GTX 1050, the GTX 1050 Ti doesn't require an external power connector to function. Instead, it draws all the power it needs from the PCIe 3.0 slot on your motherboard. You will need a power supply with a rating of at least 300W to ensure there's enough juice to go around, though.
What features does the GTX 1050 Ti support?
As with all graphics cards in the GTX 10 series, the GTX 1050 Ti is built upon Nvidia's Pascal architecture. This provides for a wide variety of gaming-focused features, including:
- Nvidia Ansel
- DirectX 12
- HDCP 2.2
- OpenGL 4.5
- Display Port 1.4
- HMDI 2.0b
- Simultaneous multi-projection
- Driver-level triple buffering
How powerful is the GTX 1050 Ti?
Thanks to its greater stock of RAM, the GTX 1050 Ti offers a marked improvement in performance over the regular GTX 1050. The extent of this improvement differs from game to game, but is typically somewhere in the range of 10% to 20% higher framerates.
As meaningful as this performance boost can be, it's important to keep in mind the limitations of the GTX 1050 Ti. Gaming at resolutions higher than 1080p is pretty much a no-go unless you turn the settings down to the bare minimum – and even then you'll be lucky to hit 30fps in most games. VR is more viable, although you would still have to settle for low graphics settings and the possibility of some games not working at all.
If you're okay with those caveats, the GTX 1050 Ti is an excellent budget graphics card for gaming at 1080p. It can deliver a smooth 60fps at Medium to High settings in most modern 3D games, or a stable 30fps if you'd rather bump those settings up to Very High or Ultra. There'll always be a game here and there that simply refuses to play nice, but in general the GTX 1050 Ti offers an experience on par with the PS4 and Xbox One.
GTX 1050 Ti availability and price
The GTX 1050 Ti launched alongside the standard GTX 1050 on 25 October 2016. Manufacturers like Gigabyte, Asus and MSI all sell their own custom variants of the card with slightly different clock speeds, cooling solutions and prices ranging from around $250 to $300.
You can find the latest deals on the GTX 1050 Ti from Aussie retailers in our bargain roundup:
|CPL||Gigabyte GV-N105TOC-4GL GeForce GTX 1050 OC 4GB Low Profile||$219||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Graphics Card PH-GTX1050TI-4G||$225||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050TI-4G) Graphic Cards||$228.79||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||MSI Geforce GTX 1050 TI 4GT LP 4GB Graphics Card||$229||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Graphics Card GV-N105TOC-4GD||$229||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Windforce Graphic Card (GV-N105TWF2OC-4GD) 4GB||$233.8||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||MSI Computer Video Card, GTX 1050 TI 4GT OC||$235||AUD||Go to site|
|PC Case Gear||MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT OC 4GB||$239||AUD||Go to site|
|Scorptec||$239||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||GALAX 50IQH8DVP1WT GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EXOC White 4GB||$245||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||Asus CERBERUS-GTX1050TI-O4G Graphics Card||$249||AUD||Go to site|
|PC Case Gear||ASUS Phoenix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB||$249||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4GB GV-N105TG1 GAMING-4GD||$249||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4GB Graphics Card||$269||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC 4GB STRIX-GTX1050TI-O4G-GAMING||$269||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Windforce Graphic Card (GV-N105TWF2OC-4GD) Black 2GB||$274.25||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||MSI Computer Video Graphic Cards GeForce GTX 1050 TI Gaming X 4G||$278.97||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||MSI Video Card GTX 1050 TI 4GT LP GeForce GTX 1050 TI 4GB GDDR5||$284.32||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB G1 Gaming Graphic Card (GV-N105TG1GAMING-4GD)||$295.9||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||EVGA Geforce GTX1050 Ti SSC Gaming ACX 4GB Graphics Card 04G-P4-6255-KR||$299||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Windforce Graphic Card (GV-N105TWF2OC-4GD)||$311.79||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Windforce Graphic Card (GV-N105TWF2OC-4GD) Black 4GB||$312.51||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming, 4GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 04G-P4-6251-KR||$313.99||AUD||Go to site|
|CPL||EVGA Geforce GTX1050 Ti SC Gaming 4GB Graphics Card 04G-P4-6253-KR||$319||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 DirectX 12 VR Ready (GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G) 4GB||$342.91||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini, 4GB GDDR5 DisplayPort 128-bit Gaming Graphic Card (ZT-P10510A-10L)||$344.55||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||ASUS NVIDIA GEFORCE Strix GTX1050TI 4GB OC PCIE ASUS Aura SYNC RGB LED. OC Mode - GPU Boost Clock : 1506 MHZ GPU Base Clock : 1379 MHZ 2 X DVI 1 X HDMI 1 X DISPLAYPORT||$481.45||AUD||Go to site|
|Amazon Australia||GIGABYTE GF GTX 1050 TI G1 Gaming PCIe x16, 4GB GDDR5, DVI, 3xHDMI, DP, 3YR WTY||$832.99||AUD||Go to site|
Top 10 deals
|CPL||Gigabyte GV-N105TOC-4GL GeForce GTX 1050 OC 4GB Low Profile||$219||AUD|
|CPL||ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Graphics Card PH-GTX1050TI-4G||$225||AUD|
|Amazon Australia||ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050TI-4G) Graphic Cards||$228.79||AUD|
|CPL||MSI Geforce GTX 1050 TI 4GT LP 4GB Graphics Card||$229||AUD|
|CPL||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Graphics Card GV-N105TOC-4GD||$229||AUD|
|Amazon Australia||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Windforce Graphic Card (GV-N105TWF2OC-4GD) 4GB||$233.8||AUD|
|Amazon Australia||MSI Computer Video Card, GTX 1050 TI 4GT OC||$235||AUD|
|PC Case Gear||MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT OC 4GB||$239||AUD|
|CPL||GALAX 50IQH8DVP1WT GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EXOC White 4GB||$245||AUD|
GTX 1050 Ti specs
- Base clock speed
- Boost clock speed
- 4GB GDDR5
- Memory speed
- Memory bus
- Card length
- Card width
- Dual slot
- Card height
- Power draw
- Recommended system power
- Power connectors
- No external power required
- No. HDMI ports
- No. display ports
- No. DVI ports
- DirectX support