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MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Review


MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Testing:

Finding out the just how much gaming FPS performance the MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G can deliver will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440 will be used.


Testing Setup:

Comparison Video Cards:

  • XFX R9 390X DD
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G
  • PNY GTX 980 XLR8
  • XFX R9 Fury
  • PowerColor R9 390
  • NVIDIA GTX 980Ti
  • NVIDIA GTX Titan X
  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 Founders Edition
  • NVIDIA GTX 1060 Founders Edition
  • MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G
  • MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G
  • MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G
  • Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 4GB
  • PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 8GB
  • MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G



  • MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G: 1911MHz Core, 1935MHz Memory

What I found while overclocking the GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G from MSI is that it is one hell of an overclocker, delivering solid overclocking with very little work involved to reach my final results. Finding the maximum overclock on the GP107 core was as simple as increasing the GPU boost clock speed to +125MHz and testing the card's stability. No matter how much higher I would go, the core would not boost any higher than 1911MHz. Bumping the voltage did not show any higher of an increase, but 1911MHz was rock stable and did not fluctuate under load. That's 335MHz worth of core clock speed for five minutes worth of work.

The memory was a little picky in that it would run as high as 1950MHz through most of the tests, but would start peeling off FPS performance as the clock speed increased. The highest clock speed that delivered improved performance was 1935MHz or an effective 7770MHz out of 7Gbps memory. If you want to overclock, this card has potential and the cooling to make sure you do not overheat your components.


Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Fallout 4
  2. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  3. Far Cry Primal
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  6. Hitman (2016)
  7. Tom Clancy's The Division
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
  9. Ashes of the Singularity
  10. 3DMark


  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption

  1. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G: Specifications & Features
  3. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Testing: Fallout 4, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  5. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Testing: Far Cry Primal, Battlefield 4
  6. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Testing: Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Hitman (2016)
  7. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Testing: Tom Clancy's The Division, Unigine Heaven 4.0
  8. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Testing: Ashes of the Singularity, 3DMark
  9. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G Testing: Temperature & Power Consumption
  10. MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G: Conclusion
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