Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB

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

Based on current gaming requirements the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 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.

What FPS performance can the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB get on latest AAA 2023 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen 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 115 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Back 4 Blood getting 23 FPS with the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB, Far Cry 6 getting 0 FPS and Star Citizen predicted to get 23 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB ran Back 4 Blood to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 45 FPS, Medium: 36 FPS, High: 24 FPS and Ultra: 17 FPS. Another game tested was Far Cry 6, L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Star Citizen, wih estimates revealing L: 45FPS, M: 36FPS, H: 24FPS, U: 17FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB is going to underperform if you try and run modern games.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB in your PC? We think this GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 80% better and can run 716 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300 which meets 300 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 44% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
18 FPS
The GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB was released on 01 Nov 2016
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB
Pascal P107
Texture Rate
58 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
47 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
1354 MHz
Boost Clock
1455 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
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GeForce GTX 1050 MSI 2GB Game Requirement Analysis

This is effectively MSI's reference GeForce GTX 1050, Nvidia's lower end graphics card, designed to compete against AMDs more affordable gaming cards, like the RX 460 or RX 470. It has a single fan.

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 1354MHz and goes up to 1455MHz 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.

The GTX 1050 by MSI will enable mid level graphics performance on modern AAA 2016 released games. Although there will be variations on this frame rate we expect it to deliver around 50+ FPS on medium graphics settings at a 1080p screen resolution.
The GTX 1050 will be ever so slightly faster than the performance of the outgoing GTX 960

System Suggestions
MSI's GeForce GTX 1050 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080 so we recommend a display size of 1600x900 in order to get the most out of your settings. We recommend a High-End Processor such as the i5-6500 and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

Source [ LifeFace ]