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MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Review

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MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.

Settings

  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts

 

 

 
 

 

MSI's Twin Frozr VI cooling solution is just as impressive when scaled to a lower TDP part as it is with the top end products. As seen in these thermal results, the combination of direct heat pipe contact cooling and an efficient fan and fin array prove to be a winning combination. The Torx 2.0 fans do the job of providing airflow to the card quite well and with little noise, even when cranked to 100% fan speed. Overclocking the card proves to be little challenge to the Twin Frozr cooling solution. The overclocked load temperatures are very nice at a balmy 41 °C under a 3D load. MSI's Twin Frozr VI proves to be dead silent when the BIOS is controlling the fan speeds. Crank the fans up manually and they can be heard. It's not too loud by any stretch, but the Torx 2.0 fans are audible.

Power consumption ratings prove to be almost spot on with the 75 watt TDP of these Gaming series cards from MSI. This card delivered the lowest power consumption of any card in the test stack.




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