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This little Pascal is adorable and quite a performer, but is its price justified when the competitor has something better


The Good

  • Small and compact
  • Decent 1080p Performance
  • No need for extra power connections

The Bad

  • Price is high for its performance
8.5 Design
8.0 Features
7.0 Performance
7.0 Value

We've seen NVIDIA release its lineup of high-performance Pascal GPU graphics cards so now it's time to turn to the mid and lower-end of the spectrum which the company entered with the recently revealed GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti cards. Today, courtesy of MSI, we try out the MSI Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC graphics card.

Design Factor

It’s good to see powerful GPU’s make its way into small and compact graphics card that’s meant for mini-ITX builds, and MSI Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC is a fine example for those looking for entry-level Pascal GPU in such a small form-factor. The design is simple and straight forward with not much fancy body work. The card consists of just one large cooling fan on-board, surrounded by a strong and firm, black colored plastic body with white collars.

However, the MSI Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC doesn’t hold a back plate to protect the rear side of the chipset. That’s expected, since GPU makers reserve some of the main features for faster cards.

Despite being small, this little Pascal holds the essential options for display output: one Display Port 1.4, one HDMI 2.0, and one DL-DVI-D port.

Something that surprised us was when we connected the card to our testbed. Notice anything in the picture above? The card doesn’t need any external power connectors as it draws power from the motherboard. A pretty impressive feat for an overclocked version of the 1050 Ti cards which in turn shows how power efficient the Pascal GPU can be. Are we looking at a future where flagship graphics cards would not need any power connectors and follow suit?

Tbreak Staff

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GeForce GTX graphics cards are the most advanced ever created. Discover unprecedented performance, power efficiency, and next-generation gaming experiences. Pascal is built to meet the demands of next-generation displays, including ultra-high-resolution and multiple monitors. It features NVIDIA GameWorks™ technologies for extremely smooth gameplay and cinematic experiences. Plus, it includes revolutionary new 360-degree image capture. One of the deciding factors in performance is the quality of the components used. That is why MSI only uses MIL-STD-810G certified components. Only these components have proven durable enough to withstand the torturous circumstances of extreme gaming and overclocking for extended usage.

Size 1 Slots
GPU Family NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1000 Series
GPU Model GP107-400
Number of Cores 768 CUDA
Core Clock 1341 MHz Base Clock, 1455 MHz Boost Clock
Memory Speed 7008 MHz
GPU RAM 4 GB GDDR5, 128-bit Memory Interface
Compute Power 2.1 TFLOPS
Ports DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0, Dual Link-DVI-D
Power None Required

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