ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition Graphic Card Review

  1. Intro, Specs and Closer Look
  2. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  3. Futuremark Benchmark
  4. OpenGL Benchmarks
  5. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  6. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  7. Hitman
  8. DOOM
  9. GPU Computation Benchmark
  10. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  11. GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
  12. Conclusion
  13. Online Purchase Links

Disclaimer: This review unit is provided by Zotac

The GTX 1050 Ti cards so far…

For those who are on a low budget, they have two choices. Either an older mid-end graphic card or a new lower-end graphic card. Buying a newer graphic card has some advantages depending on the comparison. But the upgrade from GTX 750 Ti is long overdue for some people and the GTX 950 is just meh! I’ve reviewed the MSI GTX 1050 OC Edition and Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti graphic cards.

This is the Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC edition- a graphic card with a much smaller footprint and a couple of more tricks up its sleeve. What I like in low-cost solutions is that I get to know what a company can provide with a particular cost. It’s easier to squeeze in all-copper heatpipes and flat heatbase with a factory overclock on mid to high-end cards. But who and how much they can put in a card of a lower cost?? G1 Gaming series did that. So let’s check out what Zotac has to offer.

Packaging and Contents

The card is in a good enough packaging just like its higher end models. You don’t get any accessories which aren’t needed. But c’mon! Case badge!!!


  • GPU GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti
    CUDA cores 768
    Video Memory 4GB GDDR5
    Memory Bus 128-bit
    Engine Clock Base: 1392 MHz
    Boost:1506 MHz
    Memory Clock 7 GHz
    PCI Express 3.0
    Display Outputs DisplayPort 1.4
    HDMI 2.0b
    HDCP Support Yes
    Multi-Display Capability Triple Display
    Recommended Power Supply 300W
    Power Consumption 75W
    Power Input N/A
    DirectX 12 API feature level 12_1
    OpenGL 4.5
    Cooling Dual Fan
    Slot Size Dual Slot
    SLI No
    Supported OS Windows 10 / 8 / 7
    Card Length 174mm x 111.15mm
    Accessories User Manual
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Yes! This GTX 1050 Ti does not take additional power from an aux connector. Wasn’t that supposed to be a thing with the GTX 1050 instead? One would imagine that there would be some performance reduction. Who knows?

Reference Spec ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti OC G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti (Gaming)
Base 1290 1392 1392
Boost 1392 1506 1506

The Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC edition has the same clock speed as with G1 Gaming’s gaming preset.

GPU Design

The ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition may look pretty big on a photograph until you compare it with a standard length graphic card.

Zotac managed to provide two small sized fans and two copper heatpipes on this. This card is very small with a length of 6.84 inches. The G1 Gaming’s lenth is 8.62 inches. Furthermore what’s even more impressive is that this Zotac GTX 1050 Ti OC edition does not require additional power. For a second I thought Zotac might have forgotten to put one- LOL!!

Yes, one would assume that this might lead to some sacrifice in performance. We’ll get to that!


The video outputs follow the default specs- a single dual-link DVI-D, a DisplayPort and an HDMI. If it wasn’t for the GPU cooler, this is a single-slot card.

Ease of Maintenance and Closer Look

All you have to do is remove the spring-loaded screws. Unfortunately, there is no thermal pad on this card. The base is copper. There are no LEDs on this card. Just a simple card with two fans, two heatpipes and 4GB worth Samsung GDDR5 memory. This isn’t the first graphic card to not provide any thermal pad for the VRAMs. The metal plate does not extend to cover up the two other VRAM chips at the end of the PCB too. While it blows air through it, same couldn’t be said for the chips that come under the plate. You’ll also notice that the thermal paste application is over generous. This is a 3+1 phase design.

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