Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition Review – The Budget Graphics Card
Price and Availability
The Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is now available globally. It comes with a SRP of $169 at the time it was released. Prices may have gone down by the time you have read this review. Better check out the links below for latest pricing and availability.
For US: available at eBay here and B&H here
For UK: available at Amazon UK here
Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC Review: Conclusion
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, as well as the GTX 1050, is clearly geared towards budget conscious gamers and those who play games at 720p and 1080p. The card is more suitable for gamers who plays MMO or MOBA games and who doesn’t intend to go crazy on graphics quality. Based on the results we got, it is indeed faster than the GTX 950 and even the GTX 960. However, notice that the performance difference between the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1060 is significant already. So if you have a few more cash to spare and you want more performance, better settle for a GTX 1060 instead. Most of the 1060s are priced above $200 USD, (at the time this review was published). Luckily, prices go down eventually and you may be able to find a GTX 1060 that is priced below $200, close to a GTX 1050 Ti.
If you noticed too, the GTX 1050 Ti usually sits at the bottom of our benchmark results. This doesn’t mean that it’s not worth your money. Like I said it’s meant to be a budget-friendly graphics card, offering good performance at its price and lower power consumption at the same time. Unfortunately, we don’t have an RX470 or RX 460 to compare it with, it’s direct competitor.
As for the Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC, it offers a factory overclock speed out of the box which is ~100MHz faster compared to the reference GTX 1050 Ti. The graphics card is cooled by two very silent fans and features two copper heatpipes that transfers heat from the GPU to the aluminum fin stacks; keeping the graphics card cool at all times. It doesn’t have any LED or RGBs; so for those who are not into RGBs you might want to consider this one. I don’t find any cons on this card; but if I have to nitpick, that would be the fans doesn’t turn off on idle and the ZOTAC logo on the side of the graphics card is upside down when installed.
Overall, the Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC is a good solid performing graphics card solution for those who are on a budget. However, considering how the games are priced now, I suggest to skip a game or two and save for a GTX 1060 instead, that is if you want more performance.