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Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini 2GB Review

Tim Görlich, Klaus Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 01/10/2017

The entry point into the world of Pascal-based desktop GPUs is the GTX 1050. Equipped with only 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM, it primarily competes against the - only marginally more expensive - GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of RAM. Zotac's GeForce GTX 1050 Mini is a very compact graphics card without a fancy heatsink design.

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The Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini is a rather nondescript-looking black graphic card which stands out primarily because it is so compact. The circuit board measures only 14.5 x 11.1 cm (5.7 x 4.4 inches) and doesn't require an additional PCI Express power supply. For this reason, the GPU is especially well-suited for situations where the space is limited and power is restricted. Because of the heatsink, the card takes up two slots. The heatsink is made from aluminum and dissipates the heat from the core via fins arranged in a star-shaped pattern. A single 90 mm axial fan aids in the cooling process. Video-outs are standard fare: Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 2.0b (HDCP 2.2) and DisplayPort 1.4. All ports can be used simultaneously, so the card supports a 3-monitor setup.

Specifications Zotac GTX 1050 Mini GTX 1050 Ti GTX 1060 6 GB GTX 1070 FE GTX 1080 FE
Chip GP107 GP107 GP106 GP104 GP104
Manufactured 14 nm 14 nm 16 nm 16 nm 16 nm
Shader 640 768 1280 1920 2560
Texture Units 40 48 80 120 160
GPU Base Clock 1354 MHz 1290 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1455 MHz 1392 MHz 1848 MHz 1683 MHz 1733 MHz
L2 Cache 1 MB 1 MB 1,5 MB 2 MB 2 MB
Memory Bus 128 Bit 128 Bit 192 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit
Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s 112 GB/s 192 GB/s 256 GB/s 320 GB/s
Memory Size 2 GB 4 GB 6 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Power (Watts) 75 W 75 W 120 W 150 W 180 W

Software

Aside from the obligatory drivers, Zotac only includes the over-clocking software "Firestorm", which allows the user to monitor the current power consumption, clock speeds, and the temperature. In addition, the user can adjust the fan behavior and create OC profiles.

Clock Rates

The clock speeds match those specified by Nvidia. The base clock is 1354 MHz (Boost: 1455 MHz), the 2 GByte of GDDR5 RAM run at an effective speed of 7008 MHz. During idle, the chip throttles back to 139 MHz and the RAM to 202.5 MHz (effective 810 MHz). When running 3D applications, "Boost 2.0" sometimes results in higher frequencies than those claimed by the manufacturer. During our testing, we recorded 1695 MHz for the GPU and 1752 MHz (effective 7008 MHz) for the RAM.

Our test system for the benchmarks consists of the following components:

Intel Core i7-4790K (not overclocked), 16 GB DDR3, Asus ZU97 Deluxe, Asus PB287Q 4K Monitor, Samsung SSD 840 Pro (256 GB, System), OCZ Trion 150 SSD (960 GB, Benchmarks), Windows 10 64 Bit with all updates as of December 2016. The driver we used is the Geforce 376.33 (WHQL).

GPU-Z screenshot
GPU-Z screenshot
Sensor data (idle)
Sensor data (idle)
Sensor data (last)
Sensor data (last)

Synthetic Benchmarks

According to the results of the synthetic benchmark tests, the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini sits right inbetween the direct predecessor GTX 950 and the slightly more powerful GTX 1050 Ti. While the GTX 1050 Ti managed a performance plus of 14 %, the GTX 950 is roughly 12 % slower. The AMD competition in form of the Radeon RX 460 trails by about 20 %. The higher-end Radeon RX 470 is significantly faster (+ 61 %). The GeForce GTX 1060 is about twice as fast.

Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
100 pt ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
83.8 pt ∼84%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
60.8 pt ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
55.4 pt ∼55%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
54.3 pt ∼54%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
51.3 pt ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
36.3 pt ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
31.9 pt ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
28.2 pt ∼28%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
25.6 pt ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
21 pt ∼21%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
21154 Points ∼100% +211%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
17899 Points ∼85% +163%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
12984 Points ∼61% +91%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
12186 Points ∼58% +79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
11954 Points ∼57% +76%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
11869 Points ∼56% +75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
7696 Points ∼36% +13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
6797 Points ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
6219 Points ∼29% -9%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
5701 Points ∼27% -16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
4294 Points ∼20% -37%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
129042 Points ∼100% +215%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
104764 Points ∼81% +156%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
80879 Points ∼63% +98%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
72213 Points ∼56% +76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
71472 Points ∼55% +75%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
66398 Points ∼51% +62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
50939 Points ∼39% +24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
40922 Points ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
37454 Points ∼29% -8%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
34892 Points ∼27% -15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
31349 Points ∼24% -23%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
29443 Points ∼100% +244%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
23990 Points ∼81% +180%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
17919 Points ∼61% +109%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
17738 Points ∼60% +107%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
17401 Points ∼59% +103%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
16033 Points ∼54% +87%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
9694 Points ∼33% +13%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
8597 Points ∼29% 0%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
8571 Points ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
8364 Points ∼28% -2%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
5378 Points ∼18% -37%
Unigine Heaven 4.0 - Extreme Preset DX11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
137.7 fps ∼100% +221%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
117 fps ∼85% +173%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
82.7 fps ∼60% +93%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
66 fps ∼48% +54%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
61.1 fps ∼44% +42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
48 fps ∼35% +12%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
42.9 (min: 22) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
35.6 fps ∼26% -17%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
31.2 fps ∼23% -27%
Unigine Valley 1.0 - 1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
106.9 fps ∼100% +184%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
92.6 fps ∼87% +146%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
59.1 fps ∼55% +57%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
52.3 fps ∼49% +39%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
47.2 fps ∼44% +26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
40.7 fps ∼38% +8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
37.6 (min: 23) fps ∼35%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
23.9 (min: 13.1) fps ∼22% -36%

Gaming Benchmarks

The more powerful GPU sibling GTX 1050 Ti offers about 23 % faster speeds than the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini. For some titles, the difference is much more substantial. The Ti-model outperforms the review GPU by a solid 73 % when playing Hitman 2016. Same is true for Battlefield 1 (+ 60 %), Doom (+ 48 %) and GTA 5 (+ 42 %). The explanation lies in the RAM, since the GeForce Ti features 4 GB, so exactly double the amount. The GeForce GTX 950 trails by 23 %. The performance gap between the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini and the Radeon RX 460 shrinks from 20 % when running synthetic benchmark tests to 12 % when actually playing. A surprise: when running Battlefield 1 (+ 19 %) and Hitman 2016 (+ 57 %), the RX 460 outperforms the GTX 1050.

Note: the results in the section "Performance Rating" might be entirely accurate if a GPU didn't run all of the benchmarks.

Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
99.8 pt ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
88.8 pt ∼89%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
63.7 pt ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
61.9 pt ∼62%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
60.3 pt ∼60%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
58.8 pt ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
42.7 pt ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
34.6 pt ∼35%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
30.4 pt ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
26.8 pt ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
25.8 pt ∼26%
Battlefield 1 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
147 (min: 132) fps ∼100% +277%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
89.4 (min: 76) fps ∼61% +129%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
88.5 (min: 72) fps ∼60% +127%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
87 (min: 78) fps ∼59% +123%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
83 (min: 73) fps ∼56% +113%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
62.4 (min: 53) fps ∼42% +60%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
46.6 (min: 38) fps ∼32% +19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
39 (min: 34) fps ∼27%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
196 (min: 164) fps ∼100% +211%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
161 (min: 135) fps ∼82% +156%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
139 fps ∼71% +121%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
116 fps ∼59% +84%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
107 fps ∼55% +70%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
94 (min: 77) fps ∼48% +49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
68 (min: 58) fps ∼35% +8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
63 (min: 53) fps ∼32%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
46.3 (min: 39) fps ∼24% -27%
Doom - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
137 (min: 112) fps ∼100% +195%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
134 (min: 111) fps ∼98% +188%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
99.7 fps ∼73% +114%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
96 (min: 81) fps ∼70% +106%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
80 (min: 68) fps ∼58% +72%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
80 (min: 68) fps ∼58% +72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
69 (min: 58) fps ∼50% +48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
46.5 (min: 35) fps ∼34%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (OGL)
43.4 (min: 37) fps ∼32% -7%
Hitman 2016 - 1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
78 (min: 61) fps ∼100% +313%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
75.2 (min: 56) fps ∼96% +298%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
61.5 (min: 35) fps ∼79% +225%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
58.7 (min: 44) fps ∼75% +211%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
55.6 (min: 41) fps ∼71% +194%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX11)
55.3 fps ∼71% +193%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX12)
54.4 fps ∼70% +188%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
52 fps ∼67% +175%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
32.7 (min: 23) fps ∼42% +73%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
29.6 (min: 22) fps ∼38% +57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
18.9 (min: 13) fps ∼24%
Far Cry Primal - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
106 (min: 80) fps ∼100% +179%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
90 (min: 72) fps ∼85% +137%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
67 fps ∼63% +76%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
59 (min: 47) fps ∼56% +55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
57 (min: 46) fps ∼54% +50%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
54 (min: 43) fps ∼51% +42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
41 (min: 32) fps ∼39% +8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
38 (min: 30) fps ∼36%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
29 (min: 24) fps ∼27% -24%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
112 (min: 105) fps ∼100% +204%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
112 (min: 105) fps ∼100% +204%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
112 fps ∼100% +204%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
94 (min: 85) fps ∼84% +155%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX11)
66.9 fps ∼60% +81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX12)
66.5 fps ∼59% +80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
60.2 (min: 54) fps ∼54% +63%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
57 (min: 49) fps ∼51% +54%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
54.3 (min: 49) fps ∼48% +47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
40.7 (min: 37) fps ∼36% +10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
36.9 (min: 34) fps ∼33%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
27.9 (min: 24) fps ∼25% -24%
Rainbow Six Siege - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
208 fps ∼100% +216%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
176 (min: 115) fps ∼85% +167%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
130 fps ∼63% +97%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
127 (min: 86) fps ∼61% +93%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
120 fps ∼58% +82%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
120 (min: 77) fps ∼58% +82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
79 (min: 56) fps ∼38% +20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
65.9 (min: 39) fps ∼32%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
64.6 (min: 51) fps ∼31% -2%
Fallout 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
129 (min: 104) fps ∼100% +214%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
109 fps ∼84% +165%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
77.1 fps ∼60% +88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
73 (min: 59) fps ∼57% +78%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
67.6 (min: 52) fps ∼52% +64%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
65 (min: 52) fps ∼50% +58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
46.4 (min: 38) fps ∼36% +13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
41.1 (min: 33) fps ∼32%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
32.3 (min: 26) fps ∼25% -21%
Anno 2205 - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:8x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
59 (min: 56) fps ∼100% +247%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
45 fps ∼76% +165%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
31.9 fps ∼54% +88%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
28.7 (min: 25) fps ∼49% +69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
27.7 (min: 35) fps ∼47% +63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
20.7 (min: 17) fps ∼35% +22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
17 (min: 15) fps ∼29%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
13.4 (min: 12) fps ∼23% -21%
World of Warships - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:High FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
165 (min: 100) fps ∼100% +65%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
162 (min: 101) fps ∼98% +62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
153 (min: 95) fps ∼93% +53%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
133 (min: 91) fps ∼81% +33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
113 (min: 86) fps ∼68% +13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
100 (min: 77) fps ∼61%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
75 (min: 60) fps ∼45% -25%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
62 fps ∼100% +157%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
44.4 fps ∼72% +84%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
43.9 (min: 40) fps ∼71% +82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
42.2 (min: 36) fps ∼68% +75%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
40.7 (min: 35) fps ∼66% +69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
27.5 (min: 22) fps ∼44% +14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
24.1 (min: 18) fps ∼39%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
23 fps ∼37% -5%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
20.5 fps ∼33% -15%
GTA V - 1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
80 (min: 32) fps ∼100% +211%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
73 fps ∼91% +184%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
47.7 fps ∼60% +86%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
45.6 fps ∼57% +77%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
36.4 (min: 22.1) fps ∼46% +42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
25.7 (min: 4) fps ∼32%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
20.7 fps ∼26% -19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
9.9 fps ∼12% -61%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
181 fps ∼100% +153%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
152 fps ∼84% +112%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
118 fps ∼65% +65%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
110 (min: 20) fps ∼61% +54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
79 (min: 45) fps ∼44% +10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
71.6 (min: 46) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
63.2 fps ∼35% -12%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
55.3 fps ∼31% -23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
46.7 fps ∼26% -35%

The Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini is able to handle most games at Full-HD resolution even at maximum details. Very demanding games require the settings to be adjusted slightly to permit fluid game play (50 FPS). Only a very few, particularly power-hungry games (Mafia 3, Hitman 2016 etc.) require a drastic reduction in the details. The GTX 1050 is generally not powerful enough to handle 4K gaming. Quite frequently, the textures suffer a little as well because the card runs out of RAM.

low med. high ultra4K
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 250fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 31.9fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 71.6fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 49fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 5424fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 44.9fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 75.2fps
GTA V (2015) 25.7fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 7649.8fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 13177.943.724.115.3fps
Mad Max (2015) 6924.1fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 15613947.4fps
World of Warships (2015) 10031.9fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 54.31719.6fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 41.1fps
Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015) 44.116.5fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 24715582.465.920.3fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 40.636.915.6fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 54.933.214.5fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 12557513815fps
The Division (2016) 39.230.314.1fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 44.721.618.9fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 37.433.23.5fps
Doom (2016) 5446.518.3fps
Overwatch (2016) 1086333.1fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 8663.133.6129fps
FIFA 17 (2016) 15761fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 41.126.1fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 11342.63913.9fps
Civilization VI (2016) 4840.231.5fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 10346.3fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 52.945.715.6fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 55.4fps
Dishonored 2 (2016) 8037.333.7fps
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) 7835.420fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 59.347.513.9fps
For Honor (2017) 64.553.242.813.5fps

Compute Performance

Just like other Pascal GPUs, the GTX 1050 can perform its calculations using OpenCL, DirectCompute or CUDA. The GTX 1050 Ti takes full advantage of its potential and ends up with a Compute Performance plus of 14 %. The Radeon RX 460 is about 10 % slower on average. The RX 460 only manages to surpass the competitors when running the ComputeMark Mandel Scalar and Vector tests. The GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 470 remain untouchable, as they offer a performance plus of about 80 %.  

Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
97.2 pt ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
86.8 pt ∼87%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
64.1 pt ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
59 pt ∼59%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
58.6 pt ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
57.5 pt ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
37.4 pt ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
32.9 pt ∼33%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
30.1 pt ∼30%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
2474 Samples/s ∼100% +139%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
2327 Samples/s ∼94% +124%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
1874 Samples/s ∼76% +81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
1773 Samples/s ∼72% +71%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
1661 Samples/s ∼67% +60%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
1440 Samples/s ∼58% +39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
1175 Samples/s ∼47% +13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
1037 Samples/s ∼42%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
782 Samples/s ∼32% -25%
Sala GPUs-only
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
5012 Samples/s ∼100% +169%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
4169 Samples/s ∼83% +124%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
3468 Samples/s ∼69% +86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
3020 Samples/s ∼60% +62%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
3020 Samples/s ∼60% +62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
2584 Samples/s ∼52% +39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
2156 Samples/s ∼43% +16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
1864 Samples/s ∼37%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
1554 Samples/s ∼31% -17%
ComputeMark v2.1
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
5655 Points ∼100% +260%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
4761 Points ∼84% +203%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
3322 Points ∼59% +111%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
3027 Points ∼54% +93%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
2746 Points ∼49% +75%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
2475 Points ∼44% +57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
1931 Points ∼34% +23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
1572 Points ∼28%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
1180 Points ∼21% -25%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
3605 Points ∼100% +272%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
2861 Points ∼79% +196%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
2539 Points ∼70% +162%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
2447 Points ∼68% +153%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
2002 Points ∼56% +107%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
1829 Points ∼51% +89%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
1121 Points ∼31% +16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
1092 Points ∼30% +13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
968 Points ∼27%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
3274 Points ∼100% +198%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
2706 Points ∼83% +146%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
2172 Points ∼66% +97%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
2162 Points ∼66% +97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
1994 Points ∼61% +81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
1840 Points ∼56% +67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
1277 Points ∼39% +16%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
1224 Points ∼37% +11%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
1100 Points ∼34%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
1661 Points ∼100% +199%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
1390 Points ∼84% +150%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
991 Points ∼60% +79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
963 Points ∼58% +74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
917 Points ∼55% +65%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
911 Points ∼55% +64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
596 Points ∼36% +7%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
555 Points ∼33%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
479 Points ∼29% -14%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
1711 Points ∼100% +209%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
1402 Points ∼82% +153%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
1220 Points ∼71% +120%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
1039 Points ∼61% +88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
985 Points ∼58% +78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
936 Points ∼55% +69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
597 Points ∼35% +8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
554 Points ∼32%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
536 Points ∼31% -3%
1024x600 Normal, Score
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
15905 Points ∼100% +235%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
13121 Points ∼82% +176%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
9659 Points ∼61% +103%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
9266 Points ∼58% +95%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
9044 Points ∼57% +90%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
8549 Points ∼54% +80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
5493 Points ∼35% +16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
4749 Points ∼30%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
4540 Points ∼29% -4%
Discussion

Noise Level

The Zotac GPU doesn't get very noisy during idle scenarios, although the fan keeps spinning at all times. Our review unit, which we purchased from Amazon, unfortunately rattles slightly. Under load, said rattling gets noisier, but is still acceptable at 40.6 dB (measured at a distance of 15 cm / 5.9 inches from the open chassis). The noise floor never gets annoying, but office users are better off purchasing a GPU which remains silent when no 3D loads are present.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.639.139.135.336.538.639.32533.735.934.433.234.434.634.73134.633.534.334.1353133.24032.134.934.534.732.832.133.35033.831.63432.732.529.332.1633735.535.634.434.132.835.18034.834.134.735.134.328.534.610035.533.434.133.733.826.432.512536.835.434.233.132.32632.316031.72931.430.931.125.129.620032.129.531.531.331.223.830.925039.131.542.536.533.222.731.431533.22933.131.830.521.529.340030.327.329.429.830.820.826.950033.328.43332.332.219.929.763031.727.731.430.630.518.828.680031.127.231.43129.918.727.9100030.52429.729.228.518.226.5125026.422.125.925.524.217.922.6160028.420.827.626.925.317.522.1200029.619.529.228.526.317.122250029.318.62927.825.417.221.1315026.817.526.124.923.317.119.4400021.717.921.821.220.217.418.2500019.417.719.4191917.217.6630018.618.118.818.818.917.317.6800018.318.318.718.318.317.417.61000018.818.418.918.618.517.417.61250019.718.619.819.820.217.718.91600019.618.519.719.519.617.517.9SPL40.635.140.739.438.330.235.9N3.72.33.83.43.11.42.5median 29.6Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GBmedian 22.1median 29.2median 28.5median 26.3median 17.9median 22.6Delta5.25.454.85.22.65.6hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

According to FurMark, the GTX 1050 reaches a maximum of 56°C and stabilizes at around 54°C during the stress test. This result is much better than that of the MSI GTX 1050 Ti (72°C) and indicates that the cooling is very adequate. Throttling was never an issue; the frame rate remained constant even when running The Witcher 3. The result of the 3DMark Time Spy Stress Test was also very good with minimal variances (99.6%).

Power Consumption

The Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini does very well when it comes to power consumption. The draw at idle is very low at 64.5 watts. Under load, we measured a maximum of 152 watts. The difference between the power requirements of the review graphics card and the reference power draw without dedicated GPU is thus only about 5 % during idle and 52 % under load. Compared to the GTX 1050, the less powerful  Radeon RX 460 draws 10 % more at idle and 11 % more when subjected to load. Overall, the  GTX 1050 is one of the most frugal 3D GPUs with enough performance for current gaming titles.

Power Consumption
FurMark 1.18 GPU Stress Test Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
316 Watt ∼100% +108%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
313 Watt ∼99% +106%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
292 Watt ∼92% +92%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
253 Watt ∼80% +66%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
244 Watt ∼77% +61%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
169 Watt ∼53% +11%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
164 Watt ∼52% +8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
152 Watt ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
101 Watt ∼32% -34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
100 Watt ∼32% -34%
Intel HD Graphics 4600
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop, Intel Core i7-4790K
97 Watt ∼31% -36%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
294 Watt ∼100% +90%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
267 Watt ∼91% +72%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
250 Watt ∼85% +61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
243 Watt ∼83% +57%
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
240 Watt ∼82% +55%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
162 Watt ∼55% +5%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
155 Watt ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
155 Watt ∼53% 0%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
103 Watt ∼35% -34%
Intel HD Graphics 4600
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop, Intel Core i7-4790K
90 Watt ∼31% -42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
72.8 Watt ∼25% -53%
AMD Radeon Pro 450
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
44.5 Watt ∼15% -71%

Verdict

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 is the least expensive graphics card in the Pascal lineup. Although the performance is a little more limited, the GPU mirrors most technical aspects of the larger siblings. Most current games are playable at Full-HD with high details. Very demanding titles might require the user to use medium details to ensure fluent gameplay. The 2 GByte of RAM prove to be the bottleneck in many cases. Ambitious gamers are better served with the Ti version, as it comes with 4 GByte of RAM. Because the graphics card is a good compromise between performance and power draw and because of its modern video-decoding capabilities, the GeForce GTX 1050 is particularly well suited for frugal multimedia systems.

The main advantage of the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini is its size. The lower power consumption is a major positive as well. The performance is good enough for occasional gaming and the card is well-suited for small systems. The fan is always active, so the GPU doesn't work well in an office environment.

At the time of writing, Amazon Germany sells the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini for about 125 Euro (~$132). For ambitious gaming, we recommend the Ti model for just 25 Euro (~$26.50) more. 

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Tim Görlich, Klaus Hinum, 2017-01-10 (Update: 2017-01-10)