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Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition Review – The Budget Graphics Card

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Packaging and Closer Look

The Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC comes in the usual yellow Zotac box, but this time the box is smaller and more compact. The graphics card is cradled on a (recycled) paper box cover and the card is protected by an anti-static bag. Inside the box, you only get the graphics card and a manual.

Unlike most of the GTX 1050 Ti in the market, the Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC features a dual fan design. The cooler shroud is plastic with an all-black finish and silver accents on both sides, and some linear grooves. As you can see from the back side, it doesn’t have an SLI finger and is missing a 6-pin PCIe power connector. That’s because the GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 (Ti) don’t support SLI, and like I said before it draws its power via the motherboard’s PCIe slot.

Since this graphics card is small, it doesn’t really need a black plate for support. At this size, the only thing a back plate can do is for aesthetic purposes; but that would entail additional cost more or less.

The Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC has an HDMI port, DisplayPort and DVI port. You can see from the photo above two copper heatpipes that distributes the heat from the GPU to the aluminum fin stacks. Let’s take a look under the hood.

Removing the heatsink cooler reveals a copper base plate. The plate is then connected to two copper pipes that distribute heat to the aluminum fins. The cooler doesn’t cool the memory or the VRMs, only the GPU.


At the heart of the Zotac GTX 1050 Ti is a GP107-400-A1 chip featuring 768 CUDA cores. The GPU die is made from a 14nm fab process with a transistor count of 3.3 billion and a die size of 132 mm². There are four Samsung K4G80325FB-HC28 GDDR5 memory chips and it’s rated to run at 1750MHz or 7000MNHz effective. Most GTX 1050 Ti on the market uses the same GDDR5 memory.

Next page let’s take a look at its temperature, noise and the test setup we used.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1050Ti OC graphics card pricing and availability
For US: available at eBay here and B&H here
For UK: available at Amazon UK here

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