Overclocking

Overclocking the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming Edition

We did not run the overclocked benchmarks of the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming edition yet.  We will follow up this weekend with an overclocking evaluation versus the overclocked XFX RX 460 and against the PNY GTX 1050 Tis.  Overclocking the Pascal GTX 1050 Tis are not as quite easy as overclocking Maxwell architecture-based cards.  We have overclocked the Founders Edition of the GTX 1060 using PrecisionX OC and you can read about methods and our results here as they are very similar to overclocking all Pascal cards.

We learned that experienced overclockers won’t want to bother with the PrecisionX OC scanner at all – except perhaps to rough in a quick overclock as a starting point.  The main thing to remember if you want as high an overclock as possible is to turn the voltage up to maximum, set the fan profile to “aggressive” or to 100%, and go from there.

You also need to remember that Pascal overclocking is highly temperature dependent.  Keep your GPU cool and you will max out your overclock.  Adding voltage is secondary – it only moves the limit up a bit – as the GPU’s BIOS controls it automatically, and it is best used to stabilize a marginal overclock.  In this particular case the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming edition does not run hot and even our maximum preliminary overclock of adding +175MHz to the core and +400MHz to the memory did not raise the GPU temperature above 66C!

These are the clocks that we get just above idle with everything set completely to stock with the Power/Temp Targets set to maximum.  We originally had some issues with the Temperature Target not keeping its settings after PrecisionX OC was closed.  To work around this issue, simply unlink the Power from the Temperature Target.gtx-1050-ti-stock-desktop-settings

The EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC’s base clock is 1354MHz which is 64MHz above reference, and the Boost clock is 1468MHz or 76MHz above reference.  The minimum boost we actually saw is above 1632MHz and we were able to add an additional 175MHz to the core in our preliminary overclock!

Since the GDDR5 memory is not further overclocked by EVGA, we found that we also gained some impressive performance by overclocking the memory clocks +400MHz. Below are the results of looping Heaven 4.0 for an hour at completely stock settings in a warm room (79F).  The GPU clock boosts above 1632MHz.gtx-1050-ti-temp-100-1632mhz

After spending hours incrementally overclocking our EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming edition we settled on our maximum preliminary overclock.of 175MHz offset to the core clock.  The resulting Boost that we observed peaked at 1898MHz but dropped and fluctuated between 1835MHz and and 1873MHz when we added 175MHz to EVGA’s already overclocked core.   Please note that this is just a preliminary overclock and that we will continue to test it for stability and performance increases.  We found it strange that the temperature did not increase with the overclock and will test it further to make sure the overclock was applied properly by PrecisionX.max-memory-core

Since the GDDR5 memory is not further overclocked by EVGA, we found that we gained some impressive performance by overclocking the memory clocks +400MHz, to 3903MHz. These are the preliminary clocks that we set for our EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming edition and we shall follow up with its performance results versus the overclocked XFX RX 460 and versus our PNY GTX 1050 Tis in a follow-up evaluation.dscn1977You can download PrecisionX directly from here where you can download it for free.

Lets see how the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming edition compares with the XFX RX 460, and with other competing cards of Autumn, 2016.