MSI GeForce GTX 1050 AERO ITX 2G OC Graphics Card Review

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4.5/5 on November 1, 2017

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351 reviews

PROS

  • Enhanced VR Experience. The MSI GeForce Graphics Card comes with NVIDIA Ansel which captures a 360-degree stereo photosphere when using Google Cardboard or a VR headset.
  • Smooth gaming experience. The GeForce Graphics Card provides a myriad of features and new technologies, including NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0 and CUDA aimed at providing a smooth gaming experience.

CONS

  • No VGA monitor support. The MSI GeForce GTX Graphics Card doesn’t support VGA monitors at all. To use it, you will have to upgrade.

VERDICT

Overall, the MSI GeForce Graphics Card is a great choice and it’s affordable. Given the level of performance it puts up, it’s quite a bargain as well. It does quite a good job for a user with work overloads that must be performed on a daily basis.

However, there are limits to what the graphics card can achieve. If your current work situation and computing needs are a little higher, we’d recommend getting one of the more powerful versions at a few extra bucks. Otherwise, the MSI GeForce Graphics Card is perfect for regular gaming as well as normal daily computer uses.

Some of the most advanced graphics cards in the gaming world come from the GeForce GTX line. They are built to provide a high level of power efficiency, unprecedented performance, and a next-generation gaming experience for the user.

The NVIDIA Pascal architecture is designed to meet the demands of the next-generation displays – you know, multiple monitors, ultra-high resolutions, and other gaming technologies.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 ITX 2G OC AERO Graphics Card is based on Nvidia’s Pascal architecture which is in so many ways superior to its predecessor, the Maxwell architecture. Some of the differences between the two architectures are visible from elements such as power efficiency, memory bandwidth, and performance.

The MSI GeForce Graphics Card is a big improvement from its predecessors in all the aspects mentioned above, and more.

Key Features

The GeForce Graphics Card features all the latest technologies from NVIDIA. It’s designed to provide an enhanced cinematic experience and an exceptionally smooth gameplay. Some of the key features of the GeForce Graphics Card include:

  • Weight and dimensions: 10.86 Oz, 1.5 inches * 6.1 inches * 4.4 inches (Width, height, and depth).
  • Interface type: PCI Express 3.0 x16 supporting a maximum of 3 monitors.
  • Interfaces: HDMI, DisplayPort, dual-link DVI-D.
  • Video memory: GDDR5 SDRAM technology at 2GB, 7.008 GHz memory clock speed, and 128-bit Bus Width.
  • Video Output: 1404 MHz clock speed and 1518 MHz boost clock speed. It supports HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI.
  • Video adaptor technologies: NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA G-Sync ready, Military Class 4 Components, MSI Solid Capacitor, MSI Afterburner, and FinFET technology.

Design

The GeForce Graphics Card comes in an extremely small size. It can virtually fit into any case, thanks to its small form factor. Due to its compact size, the MSI GeForce Graphics Card is dramatically lighter than a standard full-size graphics card. There isn’t much to say about its looks – just a little above average.

It’s the extra features and performance that gives it an edge over the competitors. On the front panel of the GeForce Graphics Card, you will find a variety of outputs. There is a single DVI-D Dual-Link output, one HDMI 2.0b output, and a DisplayPort 1.4 output. Its 40 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter than its predecessors.

Performance

A graphics card should be judged on the basis of the performance that it can put up. In this department, the GeForce Graphics Card is unbeaten. It comes with a vast range of computationally intensive programs capable of utilizing all the GPU’s cores to accelerate different tasks; the graphics card isn’t just about high-resolution gaming but offers much more than that.

The GeForce Graphics Card is built using ultra-fast FinFET technology that supports DirectX features. This ensures the delivery of a fast, smooth, and power efficient gaming experience. The graphics powered by Pascal are all about power efficiency and superior performance.

It can get a little hot after a long period of continuous gaming, but the single fan cooler implemented on the GeForce Graphics Card does a pretty good job at cooling things down. Other key performance features of the GeForce GTX Graphics Card include:

  • NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0

The NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0 increases the speed of the GPU on the basis of temperature. There is a target temperature which users can set based on their preferences. The NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0 increases the clock speed to improve performance if the card is running below the set temperature. If you are playing a high intensity, full resolution game, you can let the card run at full tilt. On older games and typical everyday tasks, you can have the card run more quietly by adjusting the target temperature.

  • G-SYNC Ready

Some monitors come pre-installed with G-SYNC hardware. If the MSI GeForce Graphics Card is used with such a monitor, the monitor’s refresh rate syncs and locks with the output frame rate of the graphics card. The successful syncing of the graphics card and the monitor eliminates the constant stuttering and tearing that can be experienced when using the conventional fixed screen refresh rates.

  • CUDA

CUDA is a feature that allows the GPU to handle CPU-intensive tasks on top of its main function of rendering graphics. The graphics card can accelerate application tasks and render tear flops of floating point performance. CUDA can be used in many games and applications to improve performance.

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