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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 45% 8%
Cyberpunk 2077 99% 26%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 11% 43%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 99% 26%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45% 8%
Doom Eternal 24% 21%
FIFA 20 23% 51%
Grand Theft Auto VI 121% 40%
Need For Speed Heat 45% 8%
Halo: Reach 54% 71%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB.

The GTX 1050 Ti has a 112 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 1050 Ti. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 88.9 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 112 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 1050 Ti. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 34.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 1050 Ti. 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 GTX 980, 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 GTX 980.

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 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 980 has 112.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 1050 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 1050 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB has 768 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1050 Ti is 1443 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3536. The GTX 980 having 2093 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 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 GTX 980. This means that the GTX 1050 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GTX 1050 Ti and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 90 Watts more than the GTX 1050 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 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 4GB gets 20 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

20 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB gets 21.4 FPS on Control

Control

21.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB gets 25 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

25 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB gets 35.8 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

35.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB gets 39.5 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

39.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB gets 44 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

44 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB gets 18 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

18 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB gets 8 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB gets 8.2 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

8.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB gets 15 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

15 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1290 MHzvs1178 MHz
Boost Clock1392 MHzvs1279 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P107Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Oct 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
8.6
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
6.2
vs green tick
8
3840x2160
4.6
vs green tick
6

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs2048
Actual Shader Performance69%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs128
Texture Rate61.9 GTexel/svs150.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate41.3 GPixel/svs75.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is one of Nvidia's lower end graphics card. It is competing against AMDs more affordable gaming cards, like the newer RX 470.

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 1290MHz and goes up to 1392MHz 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 this card to deliver around 55+ FPS on medium graphics settings at a 1080p screen resolution.
Comparatively, this card will be faster than the performance of the outgoing GTX 960

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a modern CPU like the i5-6500 and 8GB of RAM for minimal system bottleneck.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1127MHz to 1178MHz whereas the Boost Clock is now of 1279MHz, instead of 1216MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Armor2X is equipped with dual 10cm Propeller Blade fans which generate 20% more airflow compared to traditional fan design. Propeller Blade fans can also be found on the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cards, winning countless awards around the world for cooling performance while remaining silent.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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