Mid Ranged gaming GTX 1050Ti vs GTX 1060 3GB

Hello Guys, recently did a lot of research on what card to buy, and eventually thought of posting my entire knowledge over which my decision was based, hopefully you ppl will make use of it.

For most people a card of below $200 is extremely preferred and both the GTX 1050 Ti priced at around $150 and the GTX 1060 priced around $220 fulfill that whim with overwhelming positive impacts.

The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, in my opinion is the best among other GTX 1050's costing only $160 with a dual fan setup 4GB DDR5 VRAM and an appreciable over clocking headroom. It stand parallel to the GTX 770 in most situations but costs noticeably less and the fact that its 3 generations ahead provides obvious benefits along with better memory performance. The GTX 1050 Ti gives an average of 71 frames at 1440p everything maxed (except anti aliasing) in GTA 5 so that should give you an idea of this cards potency.

The GTX 1060 unexpectedly fulfills the performance gap between the GTX 970 and GTX 980, while costing dramatically less and roughly giving 40% performance boost compared to the GTX 1050 Ti. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB starts at approximately $195 and a factory overclocked Gigabyte variant at $210. Benchmarking comparisons between the GTX 980, GTX 1060, GTX 1070 etc are ample and the card will prove completely worth the money you spend on it, the card runs at a respectable 60 FPS in The Rise of the Tomb Raider with maxed preset at 1440p. It manges 110 fps average on DOOM 1080p maxed. The 6GB VRAM version of the same card has only a meagre128 more CUDA cores compared to the 3GB VRAM version while costing $50 more. Thus it’s always profitable to buy the smaller VRAM version unless you want to game at resolutions higher than the typical 1920x1080 resolution for which both the cards i starred are optimized for.

Now to the downsides of the cards i mentioned. The GTX 1050 Ti as you would have already deduced is a better than the usual entry level graphics card and can NOT run modern and demanding titles like Ashes of Singularity at high settings and resolutions at all. This card is better for playing games released between 2011-2015 smoothly at high settings and at a mediocre resolution. Despite the fact that it has 4GB VRAM, it doesn't help, as usually the card is not powerful enough to overload its memory in the first place and stays within 2-3gb usage . I would recommend saving and buying the GTX 1060 instead. If you are just an E-sports gamer (dota addict) the GTX 1050 can run all popular multiplayer titles like CS:GO at more than 80 frames quite easily, and the card is cheap, like $100 cheap

The GTX 1060 3GB, it’s as close as you are going to get to the best price: performance card. There is a huge price difference between this and the other cards, example the GTX 1070 costs around $400. The 3GB VRAM version does have its own disadvantages. If some of you are familiar with Skyrim/Fallout texture modding, u may know that VRAM has no impact on performance till the point u actually run out of it and then the desperate computer starts swapping textures to and from the much slower standard DDR3/4 RAM in your computer; this may lead to stuttering at the least or game crashes at the most especially in hugh-mungus open world games drawing an intense amount of textures instantly. That being said these cases do usually happen in highly unoptimized games and the GTX 1050Ti does have technically better memory performance compared the GTX 1060 with an extra 1GB VRAM and faster memory bandwidth and speed BUT the calculations for rendering graphics, shadows, lighting etc are done by both the shader and core clock in which the GTX 1060 is better. It actually completely depends on what type of game you play and whether or not it specializes in loading large amount of textures or applies breathtaking post processing effects like SSAO, god rays, lightshafts and sun glare. Whatever card you choose you will still be able to play most games with the proper configurations and in any case the visuals won’t be bad enough to literally give you eye cancer. The cards do almost balance each other out in terms of raw performance so it won’t be appropriate to trade off one for the other and besides, there are still quite a few games which actually use more than 3gb of VRAM.

Also pay attention to power requirements.
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  1. https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=-1&IsNodeId=1&Description=rx%20480&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=36

    When you get get an RX 480, for the same amount as a GTX 1050 TI... AND get a FREE game with it... The 1050 TI shouldn't even be on the market.

    It is not Mid range gaming. A card that literally can't play new games with decent settings - as you mention in one of your paragraphs - can't possibly be considered a mid range card. It would be entry level at BEST.

    Again, the RX 480 is the same price (LESS if you consider the free game valuable) and OBLITERATES the 1050 TI. There is really no argument.

    The RX 480 is the superior entry level graphics card for gaming.
  2. lol by better than entry level cards, yes i meant that it barely exceeds the entry level minimum XD

    btw , most probably DirectX will always be more popular than vulcan API (consensus opinion, cant say for sure) and RX-460/470/480 do give better performance usually on the Vulcan API compared to their nvidia counterparts, but do realise that Nvidia cards outperform the RXs in DX and OpenGL (which surprisingly is still in use even today)...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23EpAY46PxI (benchmark results from many vidz like this)


    then theres DRIVER SUPPORT NAUUUUU , my friend was almost ready to pawn his 470 when he couldn't run the Witcher-3 with some special post processing effects and NVIDIA HAIRWORKS. Sure the issue was patched out LATER (after all the dlcs had been released ;D) but problems like this are either more likely to occur or completely be eliminated

    LASTLY , i hadnt considered a free game with a bundle (obviously a good deal)..... but honestly i just .... pirate.... games..... and so do most of the people i know ( all from the subcontinent ofc...) I AM ASHAMED ... sometimes, but i do buy fabulous titles i absolutely LOVE like Skyrim and Mount-and-Blade. The part i hate most is that devs keep releasing MANDATORY (usually) DLCs to rake off more money
  3. NoobUserLOL said:
    lol by better than entry level cards, yes i meant that it barely exceeds the entry level minimum XD

    btw , most probably DirectX will always be more popular than vulcan API (consensus opinion, cant say for sure) and RX-460/470/480 do give better performance usually on the Vulcan API compared to their nvidia counterparts, but do realise that Nvidia cards outperform the RXs in DX and OpenGL (which surprisingly is still in use even today)...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23EpAY46PxI (benchmark results from many vidz like this)


    then theres DRIVER SUPPORT NAUUUUU , my friend was almost ready to pawn his 470 when he couldn't run the Witcher-3 with some special post processing effects and NVIDIA HAIRWORKS. Sure the issue was patched out LATER (after all the dlcs had been released ;D) but problems like this are either more likely to occur or completely be eliminated

    LASTLY , i hadnt considered a free game with a bundle (obviously a good deal)..... but honestly i just .... pirate.... games..... and so do most of the people i know ( all from the subcontinent ofc...) I AM ASHAMED ... sometimes, but i do buy fabulous titles i absolutely LOVE like Skyrim and Mount-and-Blade. The part i hate most is that devs keep releasing MANDATORY (usually) DLCs to rake off more money


    You run into less performance issues with games when you don't steal them.

    Also try going to credible sources instead of Youtube for benchmarks.

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/73945-gtx-1060-vs-rx-480-updated-review.html

    The RX 480 is extremely competitive with the GTX 1060.

    You can believe the hyperbole about drivers all you want, AMD drivers haven't been a major problem in years.

    Just a hint, you joined this forum 3 months ago, and its nice to see you did a lot of research and learned quite a bit in that time, but coming in with your own "definitive thoughts", and discounting the information given to you by one of our experts based on youtube videos, and hyperbole, is not how you make friends and influence people.

    Discussion and dialogue is how to learn here, not to sticking to your pre-concieved notions.
  4. I have a GTX 1080 and even I turn off hairworks...
    Your friend probably had problems because of the crack he was using. W3 was not released with any major issues and received patches nearly on release. I had no problems with my R9 390. Plus... the RX 470 was released more than a year after W3 came out - so your friend must not have downloaded and applied the latest patches when he pirated the game.

    CD Projekt is one of the best developers out there today.
  5. I'm not saying you should buy the 1050 ti, I strongly agree that there are better options out there. HOWEVER, greens is seriously underselling the 1050 ti. It is a strong performer, and if you can get a good price on it, it's a good buy. I got one for my brother over the holidays for $115, and I don't know what benchmarks you're looking at, but it can rock anything newer on medium settings and get very playable frame rates. If you want some real world examples, I can tell you what an i3 6100+1050 ti+8gb of ram will get you.

    With that out of the way, I say shoot for a good deal on an RX 480. I've seen them dip into the $200 range several times recently, and they're a great bang for your buck.
  6. Eh, i'd still rather have a 4GB 960 refurb than a new 2GB 1050 TI. But for ~$100 it certainly beats an old 750 TI or something. It isn't so much that it is a bad card or a total waste of money or anything - i just don't believe it filled a role.

    There are compact 960s and they perfom better than the 1050 TI, and with the release of the 1060 the price of the 960 is crumbling. So nvidia is really competing with themselves and its just weird to me. It really doesn't have much of a niche.
  7. Well for starters, the 1050 is 2gb, the 1050 ti is 4. A 960 is comparable performance-wise to a 1050 ti, but I don't think it makes sense to buy an older, more expensive card when you can get a brand new card with roughly the same performance for cheaper.

    As for what role it filled, it would entirely depend on your circumstances. I can tell you my brother just wanted the best performing card he could get that would keep his build under $400, and the 1050 ti filled that role in his case. Some people may want good performance, but can't go to $200 for the 1060 3gb, that would be another place for the 1050 ti.

    I think it makes sense, if you look at just Nvidia's market without factoring in AMD, you have the $100 1050, the $150 1050 ti, the $200ish 1060 3gb, the $250 1060 6gb, etc etc. They step up gradually in $50 increments, with matching performance steps. As I said before though, I think that unless you are talking $200+, AMD is a better bet unless you can land a really good deal on a Nvidia card.
  8. That is true actually.
    Thinking about it further, AMD is far more guilty of this with the 7850.. oh, i mean the 270, er actually sorry that is a 370 :P..

    I guess when you start comparing previous generations things get pretty convoluted. The R9 390 is faster than the RX 480 on paper, like... its 4 years old, originally released as the 290.

    At least the 1050TI is more efficient!


    EDIT: I do think people are far too picky with their GPUs. I have a used R9 390 that no one seems interested in, but for my asking price it could seriously make a great card for someone - if they trusted used electronics a bit more.
  9. @ Rouge Leader

    u are suggesting that youtube sources are completely inaccurate, and yes i checked other "legit" websites too and mostly the results were in an acceptable range. This article is a conglomerate about different opinions of 3 brothers(including me), each of which have their own PCs and own opinions so your criticization of a "definitive" explanation is irrelevant. PS: benchmarks alone dont give you the CPU/GPU/VRAM/MEM usage individually ;)

    @ Slummy

    Despite being a great value dont forget that 1050ti is able to draw all its power from the PCIE-slot so it may prove even more economical for people gaming on workstations with crappy OEM PSUs and motherboards barely able to deliver the performance they r supposed too. its small size means that it is even more versatile since it can fit in those cases with weird Micro ATX mobos or those Mini ITX things

    @ greens

    Highly unlikely that he didnt download the witcher 3 complete edition as we all usually wait till all the games have been updated to the latest versions and released their final DLCs , but this will just shift the topic to piracy.

    U may be right, maybe it was the fact that he didn't tweak his settings well or there was a bad driver install either way, a MASSIVE drop of 10 fps (FOR GERALT ONLY) didn't seem like a mere cause of bad tweaking or a bottleneck.

    and yes if i could actually get a used gtx 960 at a similar price to the GTX 1050Ti i would surely consider (cuz of SLI and high overclocking headroom) it but like Slummy suggested 1050Ti=960=770 i dont think it would make much of a difference
  10. NoobUserLOL said:
    @ Rouge Leader

    u are suggesting that youtube sources are completely inaccurate, and yes i checked other "legit" websites too and mostly the results were in an acceptable range. This article is a conglomerate about different opinions of 3 brothers(including me), each of which have their own PCs and own opinions so your criticization of a "definitive" explanation is irrelevant. PS: benchmarks alone dont give you the CPU/GPU/VRAM/MEM usage individually ;)


    The site I linked is using the most updated drivers, its a revisit of both cards since both have improved quite a bit since their release. And Yes I am saying most youtube sources are inaccurate. I've seen more bull on there than real results. None of your 3 brothers have an RX 480, also none of you have real testing equipment or controlled environments. Nor do you have exact match systems to test it.

    Benchmarks are all that matters when it comes to a GPU, who cares about usages. If it works and gives the tested FPS it does not matter, testing is done to eliminate CPU/Memory/etc bottlenecks and get pure performance.

    My point is after 3 months you don't know it all but you sure are acting like you do.

    Finally regarding pirated software, we deal with a LOT of questions here on games, and an overwhelming percentage of the strange problems you report come from using pirated versions.
  11. exact equipment gigabyte gtx 1060 windforce 3gb oc edition, EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler 4 GB GDDR5 (this we considered equivalent to the 1050Ti) , some gtx 650 Ti lol. I did avoid conversation on RX cards because NONE have them, all the knowledge i have on them us either by reading (sometimes over exaggerated ) complaints and becnhmarks. We ran random tests in 3DMARK etc but no way are they completely accurate cuz we have different variants of the same card which we cant compare to a reference card, . we also have crappy cases and a random bunch of ups and downs (like an old PSU) thrown in . So i didnt post our results. Thats why we also need to usage and temperature results in benchmarks gives us an idea of what to overclock and what setting to turn down

    plz , i have been using this account for 3 days. experience isnt proportional to account age.

    Hairworks crapping out high end AMD cards in Witcher-3 wasnt a "meagre" problem. google and see
  12. Hairworks craps out on nearly every card, it takes a lot of horsepower to run. Its one of the last things you should judge a card on.
  13. youre right and yes, i just checked that even a high end cards dropped frames massively when hairworks was enabled on npcs too. Hadnt considered that it was almost as demanding on Nvidia GPUs as well
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