The Conclusion

 The Conclusion

We have no trouble giving a big recommendation to the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC at the same $149 as the stock-clocked PNY GTX 1050 Ti.  Both cards are small, they look great, run cool and are very quiet, and their out of the box performance is significantly higher than the competing XFX RX 460 for about the same price.  The EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC win all of our benchmarks over the RX460 and the reference clocked PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB card.dscn2040

The primary reason in our opinion to choose the $149 EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC version over the $159 XLR8 is if you need a shorter card that does not require a PCIe connector.  Other than that, we would probably pick the XLR8 for its higher performance and likely better overclocking potential for ten dollars more.  We would not choose a 2GB card any longer for even 1920×1080 as we see our older GTX 960 and GTX 950 have issues with some modern games because of their limited vRAM capacities.

One thing to note, if you can afford to spend the extra $35 to $50 and you have a suitable power supply unit, you will get significantly greater performance with a GTX 1060 3GB or a RX 470 than with any GTX 1050 Ti.  The GTX 1050 Ti is intended by Nvidia as an 75W upgrade for the GTX 750 Ti which is still selling for around $100 because of its popularity as a low-power card that doesn’t require a PCIe cable.  In this regard, the GTX 1050 Ti is significantly more powerful than the older card.

We did not get to overclock any of our GTX 1050 Tis for a performance comparison because of the very limited time we had to evaluate them, and we will follow up later this week with a manual overclocking evaluation comparing EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC with both of our PNY cards and with the XFX RX 460.  We expect that the XLR8 version will overclock better than the standard EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC by virtue of its better cooling and higher power draw potential by using a 6-pin PCIe cable.

EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC  Pros

  • The EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC soundly beats the XFX RX 460 overall in performance at a similar price.  It is faster than the PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB reference clocked card and has the same maximum 75W power draw at the same $149.
  • With no PCIe connector, TDP and power draw are good and it is very quiet even when overclocked to the maximum.  ACX 2.0 cooling is very effective for this card.
  • Overclockability is excellent out of the box – GPU Boost 3.0 works as advertised.
  • The card is well-built, looks great and fits into a smaller space than competing cards.
  • The GeForce Experience and GameWorks, including ShadowPlay, enhance the gaming experience.  G-SYNC helps to smooth gaming framerates by syncing the display to the GPU and it allows for smooth framerates without stuttering or tearing.
  • EVGA has excellent support and a 3-year warranty.

Cons

  • None

badge-great-valueThe Verdict:

  • If you are buying a video card right now and looking for good performance at 1920×1080, the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC is an excellent choice.  It beat its XFX RX 460 competition while using less power.
  • We would choose the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC for 1920×1080 gaming where space and power considerations are tight.  It is overclocked right out of the box and it has more performance than the reference clocked versions.
  • We would like to award the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC BTR’s Great Value Award

We do not know what the future will bring, but the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming edition brings an excellent performer to the Pascal GeForce family, and it clearly establishes itself as having excellent value for 1920×1080 gaming especially where budget and lower power situations are important.

If you currently game on an older generation video card, you will do yourself a big favor by upgrading. The move to a EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC will give you better visuals on the DX11 and DX12 pathways and they are both faster than the RX 460 in the same price range  And we will follow this evaluation up with an overclocking evaluation.

AMD offers their own set of features including Vulkan, Eyefinity 2.0, and FreeSync, but their Polaris RX 460 as represented by the factory overclocked XFX RX 460 card, simply cannot match the performance of even a GTX 1050 Ti at stock clocks.

Stay tuned, there is a lot coming from us at BTR. We are going to put all of our competing cards GTX 1050 Ti into an Overclocked Showdown versus the XFX RX 460.  We also have a HyperX Cloud Stinger headset up for evaluation this weekend.  And don’t forget to check BTR forums.  Our tech discussions are among the best to be found anywhere!

Happy Gaming!

Mark Poppin

BTR Editor-in-Chief