In this GTX 1050 vs GTX 1050 Ti comparison, we look at a pair of inexpensive lower end GPUs to help you find the best graphics card for your needs. The two cards have the same name with the only difference being the ‘Ti’ suffix in the step up model.
The GeForce GTX numbering system gives meaning to each of the digits in the name. The first digit or two refer to the generation the card is in. In this case the 1050 and the 1050 Ti are both tenth generation. The last two digits refer to their power level with 30 being the lowest and 80 being the most powerful.
The Ti after the name means the card is a step up from the base model, so, the 1050 Ti should be more powerful than the GTX 1050. Read on to find out which card is best for you and if the perfomance difference is enough to warrant an upgrade.
Graphics card specifications
Both the GTX 1050 and the 1050 Ti are entry level graphics cards for desktops launched by Nvidia in October 2016. They are based on the Pascal architecture and they both use the GP107 chip. Unlike the more powerful GPUs (GTX 1060 and up), the 1050 and 1050 Ti GPUs are manufactured using the 14 nm FinFET technology process instead of the 16 nm.
Both use GDDR5 memory with the memory speed clocked at 7008 MHz using a 128-bit interface. The total memory bandwidth is 112 GB/s. The TDP for both the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti is 75 Watts and they have a recommended 300 watts power supply. Both are dual slot and support DirectX 12_1 and OpenGL 4.6 APIs.
The difference between GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti
The GTX 1050 has 128 less shader processing units than the 1050 Ti with 640 against the Ti’s 768. The 1050 runs at a core clock speed of 1354 MHz which is boosted to 1455 MHz while the 1050 Ti runs at a slightly lower base clock of 1290 MHz and 1392 MHz boost. The 1050 features a maximum 2 GB GDDR5 memory while the Ti uses 4 GB (there also exists a 3GB 1050 variant).
In this GTX 1050 vs GTX 1050 Ti comparison, you will find that the Ti performs slightly better than the 1050 GPU. In non-gaming benchmarks by the NotebookCheck, the 1050 Ti performed 25% better than the 1050 in 3DMark Time Spy Score benchmark at 1440p.
It also performed 13% better in the 3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score and 24% better in the 3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Graphics. In Fire Strike Score and Fire Strike Graphics, the GTX 1050 Ti performed 10% and 12% better than the 1050 respectively.
In the gaming benchmarks, the GTX 1050 Ti performed better than the 1050. With Battlefield V, the GTX 1050 provided 124 fps against the 1050 Ti 140 fps in low settings at 720p. At medium in 1080p, the 1050 Ti provided 63 fps while the 1050 averaged at 55 fps. We test in Fortnite with high settings at 1080p, the Ti had 65 fps against 53 fps in ultra the Ti dropped to 44 fps and the 1050 to 42 fps.
You can play the same games on both GPUs but the GTX 1050 Ti offers higher frame rates. And both of them have smoother experience. If you can afford to spend extra on the 1050 Ti you should go with it. If you are on a budget the 1050 still provides almost the same gaming experience as the 1050 Ti.
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