Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Review

You might think that the Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB is no where to be compared to the GTX1050 Ti model but don’t be fooled by this simple card.

Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Review

The card is of a no-frills 2-fan design, the shape might seem awfully familiar but we’ll just leave it at that.

Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Review

What’s this? A GTX 1050 that needs a PCI-E power connector? Apparently it seems so, while many GTX 1050 Ti cards are running without a PCI-E power connector, this GTX 1050 requires it – why? Oh and by the way I’ve tested it without the power connector, it won’t run.

Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Review

Lastly the output ports for the card are DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI. As you can see also the card is without a backplate.

Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Review

There’s no product page for this card, I can’t find it at all so here is the GPU-Z of the card.

Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Review

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAMAvexir DDR4 3000Mhz 2x 8GB.
MotherboardASRock X99 OC Formula
Power SupplyCooler Master V850
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Overclocking

Now here’s the thing about this card – it’s a GTX 1050 that requires a PCI-E connection and from the stock benchmark, it’s unattractive and the PCI-E power connector doesn’t do justice ………. or at least, it seems that way until you overclock it.

The card took a 200Mhz boost on my overclocking attempt and passed most of the test!

Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Review

What’s even more amazing is that it comes really close to the GTX 1050 Ti model!

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card1080p (avg)
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB32
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Overclocked36
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Turbo38
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Normal36
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming47
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti34

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB48
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Overclocked54
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Turbo58
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Normal55
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming74
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti52

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card1080p (avg)
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB44
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Overclocked51
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Turbo59
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Normal56
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming82
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti53

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card1080p (avg)
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB69
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Overclocked76
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Turbo81
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Normal75
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming103
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti73

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card1080p (avg)
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB26
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Overclocked28
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Turbo29
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Normal29
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming30
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti28

The Division

The Division
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync OFF.

Card1080p (avg)
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB31
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Overclocked34
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Turbo37
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Normal36
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming30
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti28

*I suspect the benchmark for the ASUS model was due to driver issue, it was tested quite some time ago.

Ashes of the Singularity (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Set to CRAZY

Card1080p (avg)
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB20
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Overclocked6.9
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Turbo20
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Normal20
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming35
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti20

*OK so it passed this one but with adverse result.

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card1080p (avg)
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB27
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB Overclocked28
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Turbo47
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Normal45
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming73
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti42

Now as you can see, the NORMAL mode and TURBO mode does have a performance gap but the gap varies, in some cases it’s very little. It makes one wonder – what’s the point of having that button? There’s no reason to lower its speed ……. or is there?

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB3073
Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB (Full RPM)3063

The cooling system runs silent as the fan hovers at around 44% the spinning capacity to keep it cool and quiet.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an Cooler Master V850 with around 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 90w.

CardColorful GTX1050 OC-2GB
Furmark Burn-in192
Estimated Actual System Draw173
Estimated Card Power Draw83

So the power draw is same as the GTX 1050 Ti model but what it does is that with that power draw it is capable of achieving greater performance with some overclocking done. What you get is GTX 1050 Ti performance level at GTX 1050 price tag of being under RM 700!

The Verdict

The Colorful GTX1050 OC-2GB retails at RM 629, it’s not exactly a great looking card but it sure performs really well and it comes with 3-years warranty. Look at it, an RM 629 graphics card that performs very close to the RM 839 counter part which is the GTX 1050 Ti model. Basically you’re paying 25% less and get around 90% the performance of the other card.

Of course the performance is subjective, on games that occupy more VRAM you will see this 2GB baby losing out but games that don’t push that much RAM you could even get it going really well.

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