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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition
Resident Evil 8 94% 93%
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition 143% 142%
Grand Theft Auto VI 109% 109%
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 94% 93%
Battlefield 6 94% 93%
Far Cry 6 115% 115%
Biomutant 61% 60%
Days Gone 41% 40%
Star Citizen 31% 30%
Hood: Outlaws and Legends 49% 48%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB.

The GTX 1050 Ti has a 296 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 1050 Ti. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 67.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 1050 Ti. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 1050 Ti has a 296 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 1050 Ti providing 9.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 1050 Ti was released over a year more recently than the R9 280X, and so the GTX 1050 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 280X.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 1050 Ti has 1024 MB more video memory than the R9 280X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The R9 280X has 175.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 1050 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is massively better than the GTX 1050 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB has 768 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1050 Ti is 1483 and the actual shader performance of the R9 280X is 1915. The R9 280X having 432 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 280X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 1050 Ti.

The GTX 1050 Ti transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 280X. This means that the GTX 1050 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 280X. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GTX 1050 Ti should consume less power than the R9 280X.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB requires 75 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GTX 1050 Ti and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 280X requires 175 Watts more than the GTX 1050 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1050 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB gets 20.2 FPS on Control

Control

20.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB gets 27.6 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

27.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB gets 36.8 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

36.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB gets 47.1 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

47.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB gets 52.9 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

52.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB gets 8.4 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

8.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB gets 15.3 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

15.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming 4GB gets 19.6 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

19.6 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1316 MHzvs1020 MHz
Boost Clock1430 MHzvs1100 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107GCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Oct 2016vs20 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
8.7
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8.7
2560x1440
6.3
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6.5
3840x2160
4.7
vs green tick
5

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs2048
Actual Shader Performance71%vs92%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs128
Texture Rate63.2 GTexel/svs130.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate42.1 GPixel/svs32.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Ampsvs750 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Th eGeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming is MSI's non-X gaming version of one of Nvidia's lower end graphics card. It is competing against AMDs more affordable gaming cards, like the newer RX 470. It features a slightly boosted clock, LED lights and a Twin Frozr VI cooling system.

Architecture
The Pascal Architecture aims for twice as much performance as the Maxwell Architecture and introduces support for second gen HBM.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GP107-400 which has 6 SM activated and 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1316MHz and goes up to 1430MHz when the Boost Clock is triggered in game.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 3504MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 75W, it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
The GTX 1050 ti will enable mid level graphics performance on modern AAA 2016 released games. Although there will be variations on this frame rate we expect the Nvidia GTX 1050 ti to deliver around 57+ FPS on medium graphics settings at a 1080p screen resolution.
The GTX 1050 ti will be ever so slightly faster than the performance of the outgoing GTX 960

System Suggestions
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080 and this card is the same. We recommend a modern CPU like the i5-6500 and 8GB of RAM for minimal system bottleneck.
Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "TRI-X", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 850MHz to 1000MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1100MHz. The operating memory clock was left untouched.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card should offer identical performance to a GeForce GTX 770.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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