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MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Review

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MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Conclusion:

If you get distracted by the charts and think that the GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G does not have gaming potential, you just have to take a step back and realize that it is playing a little bit outside of its end of the pool when compared to the higher end cards in the comparison field. That is by design so that the results are comparable across the entire field. Now, when you put it in its wheel house and use NVIDIA's GeForce Experience to optimize the settings for your FPS levels, the overall gaming experience does nothing but improve.

At 1920x1080, the MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G is going to prove out to be a very capable card for the gaming public. With 2GB of 7Gbps GDDR5 memory, you are going to be limited somewhat when you push for gaming performance above a targeted 1920x1080 resolution. MSI has built this card to not only run cool, but to have some overclocking headroom left to push for those last few frames per second. I found that overclocking on this card was fairly easy. I was kind of surprised by the actual GPU Boost core clock speed limit of 1911MHz on the core. Surprised in that no matter how high the GPU Boost clock speed was adjusted, the core never ran higher than 1911MHz. Still, for all intents and purposes that's a pretty stout clock speed bonus on a $129 video card. Memory overclocking was almost as robust, with a final effective data rate of 7770MHz (1935MHz).

Overclocking is not the primary goal of the Gaming series, but by designing the hardware right MSI builds some head room into the vehicle. By using its Military Class IV components on a custom PCB topped with a world class cooling solution, it all comes together as a solid gaming solution for the end user. Visually, the card stands out in a crowd with the red accents on the Twin Frozr VI shroud. Controllable LED lighting adds little bling factor to the equation. While the main body LEDs will stay red, they can be set to pulse on and off with music or slowly like a regular heartbeat. The MSI logo on the top of the card can be changed to virtually any color in the rainbow to match your build. All of this functionality is hidden away in MSI's Gaming App. It's a lightweight tool that allows you to control the LED lighting of the card or set the clock speed to three different clock speed profiles to meet just about anyone's needs.

For the $129 asking price, MSI actually gives you a lot of card. In many of the tests, the GTX 1050 is delivering about 30-35% of the performance of the GTX 1080 for about 1/5 the price point of the GTX 1080. Not a bad trade off if you look at it. Priced at $129, the MSI GTX 1050 is a custom built and cooled card for the masses, offering factory overclocked performance and world class cooling.

 

Pros:

  • Twin Frozr VI cooling
  • Low noise
  • Build quality
  • Gaming App
  • NVIDIA feature set
  • Pricing
  • Overclocking

 

Cons:

  • Hard limit to maximum core clock speed


 

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