Performance Summary & Conclusion

Performance summary charts 

Below is the summary chart of 28 games and 2 synthetic tests. The highest settings are always chosen and it is usually DX11. DX12 is picked above DX11 where available.  Specific settings are listed on the performance charts.  The benches were run at 1920×1080.  All results, except for FireStrike and Time Spy, show average frame rates and higher is always better.  Minimum frame rates are shown when they are available and they make sense, below the averages, but they are in italics.

The XFX RX 460 results are in the first two columns – column 1 gives the overclocked results, and column 2 gives the factory clocked results.  The second set of columns give the reference PNY GTX 1050 Ti results with the overclocked performance shown in column 3 versus the reference results in column 4.  Columns 5 and 6 show the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC overclocked results versus its factory clocked performance, and the last two columns give the overclocked PNY XLR8 overclocked results in column 7 while the factory clocked results are in the last column, number 8.

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Our original charts comparing these 4 cards versus the reference EVGA GTX 1060/3GB and with the PowerColor-clocked Red Devil RX 470 are here.  Although each card gained performance with their respective overclocks, they are still no match for the more expensive cards.  And we also see that all of the GTX 1050 Tis overclock further than the RX 460 and generally gain more performance, widening the performance gap between them.

The superior overclocking abilities of the PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 may be due to its extra PCIe connection which draws about ten more Watts than the other two GTX 1050 Tis that are limited to drawing power over the PCIe slot.  We notice more variability of the overclocked results with the two GTX 1050 Tis that only draw their power over the PCIe slot than with the XLR8 GTX 1050 Ti that has an extra 6-pin power connector.

Lets head to our conclusion.

Conclusion

This has been quite an interesting exploration for us in evaluating the overclocked RX 460 versus the overclocked GTX 1050 Tis.  The GTX 1050 Tis are faster cards at stock, and due to their superior headroom for overclocking, they pull even further away from the overclocked XFX RX 460.

All of our cards appears to scale well with an overclock although the GTX 1050 Tis overclock further and they use less power than the AMD card.  The PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8, probably by virtue of its extra PCIe power connector, overclocks better and with less variability than the other two GTX 1050 Tis.  We also see that the card probably draws about ten or so Watts more power over the PCIe cable which allows it to keep a solid overclock while the other two cards’ core speeds fluctuate up and down.

Next up, we will review our HyperX Cloud Stinger this weekend.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below, or on BTR’s Community forum.

Happy Gaming!

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