Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Based on current gaming requirements the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB is considered one of the weakest cards and wont meet modern AAA game specs.

DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Lets look at the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2023. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 169 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Running at 1080p this card gets a weak frame rate from Days Gone with 19 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Forza Horizon 5 which returns a weak 0 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Far Cry 6 which we saw getting a weak 0 FPS.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Days Gone and saw it deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 37 FPS, Medium: 29 FPS, High: 20 FPS and Ultra: 14 FPS. We then checked the performance on Forza Horizon 5 to see if that runs well. It was weak with a 0 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB we get the impression that it is not powerful enough to deal with the increased resolution.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB in your PC? There is around 6-12 months of top end gaming left in this card, at which point its graphics card replacement time, assuming the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB is part of your PC gaming machine.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB which is 68% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 716 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively we would suggest getting a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300, as it can run 300 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 34% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
26 FPS
The GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB was released on 01 Nov 2016
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB
Pascal P107
Texture Rate
62 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
50 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.1
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
7680 x 4320
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1442 MHz
Boost Clock
1556 MHz
Max Power
75 Watts
300 Watt & 27 Amps
Power Connector
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1600 x 900
GPU Upgrade
GD Official

GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X 2GB Game Requirement Analysis

The GeForce GTX 1050 Gaming X 2GB is currently MSI's best version of the latest GeForce GTX 1050 2gb, Nvidia's lower end graphics card designed to compete against the RX 460 or RX 470. This card feature an overclocked boost as well as a Twin Frozr VI cooling system and LEDs.

The Pascal Architecture aims for twice as much performance as the Maxwell Architecture and Introduces support for Second Gen HBM.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GP107-400 which has 5 SM activated and thus 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1442MHz and goes up to 1556MHz with the Boost Clock.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface, while the memory clock Operates at 3504MHz which is outstanding.

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

This card 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 Gaming X to deliver around 56+ FPS on medium graphics settings at a 1080p screen resolution.
This card will be ever so slightly faster than the performance of the outgoing GTX 960

System Suggestions
The GeForce GTX 1050 MSI Gaming X Edition is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080 so we recommend 1600x900 so you can get the best out of your graphics settings. We recommend a High-End Processor such as the i5-6500 and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

Source [ LifeFace ]