NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti shootout: All hail the entry-level kings

By John Law - 16 Jan 2017


Entry-level graphics cards are a subject that usually traverses between a fine line that goes right between performance and price. In a PC gaming world where the demand for midrange to high-end gaming components are the tools of choice, it’s pretty obvious why graphics cards from the entry-level segment don’t usually get a love of love from the community.

However, one fine day back in October 2016, NVIDIA surprised the world with the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards. These new Pascal-based, entry-level GP107 GPUs had some astounding price-to-performance ratios, but more importantly, their GTX 1050 Ti was pushing the boundaries of what was once considered impossible for a card that cost less than RM1,000.

Funnily enough, when NVIDIA launched this card, the GPU maker never fabricated a Founders Edition variant of the card, and instead decided to just allow their AiB partners to create their own versions of this fine piece of entry-level gaming goodness.

And so, in the spirit of a HWZ Malaysia graphics card shootout and as a way to kick off 2017, we’ve taken a variant of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti from four companies to pit against each other: ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and Zotac.