GeForce GTX 1050 Ti video cards have firmly taken their place in the segment of affordable graphics solutions. Large manufacturers managed to release various modifications of these video cards, which offer customers a different combination of frequencies and different cooling. We continue to introduce interesting models of this series. Next in line is a video card from Gigabyte of the G1 Gaming line. Let’s see how this top-end modification of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti stands out, let’s study its capabilities at factory frequencies and overclocking.
Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4G
This card comes in a small box. The design is typical for representatives of Gigabyte Gaming. The bundle is minimal, of the accessories only a disk with software.
The video card is equipped with a dual-slot cooler with a pair of fans. The plastic casing is replete with geometric curves. Black color is diluted with orange inserts.
The total length of the Gigabyte GV-N105TG1 GAMING-4GD reaches 22 centimeters.
The reverse side is covered with a metal plate, just like older video cards. Looks solid.
In the corner there is one power connector for six pins. The side inscriptions Gigabyte and Fan Stop are highlighted in working order. Multi-color backlight can work in different modes with different shades. These adjustments are available in the Gigabyte Xtreme Engine application.
There are five display connectors on the rear panel: one Display Port, three HDMI and one DVI. Plenty of HDMI ports come in handy when connecting VR headsets.
Let’s take a look at the WindForce 2X cooling system. Inside the case is a three-section radiator with two heat pipes.
Direct contact of heat pipes with the surface of the graphics chip is implemented, which ensures efficient heat dissipation. The tubes are tightly fitted to each other at the base, and just cover the entire area of the crystal.
The tubes are oriented along the plane of the board and bend at the edges, penetrating the side sections of the plates. The main section covers the massive base.
On top of this design, a casing with Power Logic fans is screwed, which meet the 90 mm standard. A pair of such fans covers the entire surface of the heatsink and will perfectly blow over its fins and the surface of the board.
The fans use a unique blade design with grooved surfaces and serrated edges. The unique design allows for more powerful airflow. Such fans are also used in the most powerful Gigabyte video cards of the older price segment.
For the transistors of the supply circuit, a radiator is provided.
The plate covering the reverse side of the board also acts as a cooling element. A thick thermal pad is located in the power node area, which removes heat from the hottest part of the board. The rest of the surface is covered with a dielectric film. The plate also protects from external influences, gives rigidity to the textolite.
The 21 cm board for the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti can be called large. The design is complex, many elements are soldered on both sides. This means that the manufacturer did not save on circuitry and wiring.
The power system has five phases (four are for GPU power). High-quality electronic components are used that meet the internal Ultra Durable standard.
The GP107-400-A1 graphics chip has 768 stream processors and 48 texture units. Made on a new 14-nm process technology.
Four gigabytes of memory are filled with the same number of Samsung K4G80325FB-HC28 chips.
The video card is running at higher frequencies. The base frequency is increased from 1290 to 1367 MHz, Boost Clock is declared at 1481 MHz. The effective frequency of GDDR5 memory corresponds to the standard value of 7012 MHz.
Factory frequencies correspond to one of the three profiles that the Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4G supports. The initial settings correspond to the Gaming mode, there is an even faster OC Mode with core frequencies of 1392/1506 MHz and a Silent mode with recommended frequencies. Switching is carried out through the Gigabyte Xtreme Engine utility.
For the review, we restrict ourselves to the initial factory settings and additional overclocking. At nominal, when operating on an open bench in a gaming load, the core heated up to 58-61 ° C (indoors 22-23 ° C). At the same time, the fans spun only up to 1000 rpm, creating minimal noise. This is illustrated below with screenshots of monitoring parameters in Metro: Last Light and Tom Clancy’s The Division.
The peak value of the Boost frequency in the core reached 1785 MHz, but the average value was at the level of 1759 MHz with slight deviations to the lower side. Simple GeForce GTX 1050 Ti models in the gaming load demonstrate an average core frequency slightly above 1600 MHz, for example, ASUS EX-GTX1050TI-4G.
During overclocking, it was possible to reach the core frequencies at the level of 1900 MHz. This is similar to the capabilities of other top versions of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and due to severe power limitations, it is unattainable on simple models. Base frequency 1517 MHz with peak Boost up to 1936 MHz.
Real Boost kept within 1900 MHz, sometimes higher. The card allows you to raise the operating voltage on the core, but this often reduced stability and did not give a real increase in frequencies, so they did not resort to the softvolt mod. The memory pleased us with overclocking to 4074 MHz (8148 MHz), which is so far the best result among the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti we tested.
Manually increasing the fan speed to 1400 rpm made it possible not only to keep the operating temperatures within the initial limits, but even to reduce them. No complaints about noise.