Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Review

It certainly is a colorful year at goldfries’ lab and the first graphics card to be reviewed is the Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G.

Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Review

The box packaging is simple, so simple that you do not see the image of the card not its features. Colorful definitely needs to put some work in this aspect, even the feature of the card isn’t stated on the manual so I’m going to tell you about it!

Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Review

The key features of the Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G are
– One-key overclocking
– I.P.P. (iGame Pure Power)
– S.P.T. (Silver Plating Technology)
– New BLAZE DUO cooler

The details of these feature is as scares as the details on the official product page.

I’ll talk about the One-key overclocking in a bit so let’s start with the rest, and ironically I have to skip all the others as well because there’s just no details about them and what makes them special or unique.

The Blaze Duo Cooler as seen in the image above is one amazing cooling system, I like it very much in terms of both design and performance.

The most beautiful part of the card would be the back plate, it looks so awesome and what I like about it is that it’s not shiny, there’s a beauty in it as it doesn’t reflect much light. Note also that this card uses a 6-pin PCI-E power connector for operation.

Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Review

Lastly the ports supporting DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort

Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Review

Well what do we have here? It’s the “One-key overclocking” button – yay! But here’s the thing, if you noticed the markings on the PCI-E bracket, it shows that the card is NORMAL state when pressed and OVERCLOCKED state when un-pressed, which is kind of awkward as for most brands with OCing features it’s PRESS to overclock, not the other way around. It’s like asking me to un-press the button to switch the air conditioning on.

Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Review

In any case, the card works just fine and I’m amazed by the results.

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

OK now I’m going to elaborate a bit, below is the specs table taken from the official product page.

Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Review

The specs above is not the ‘normal’ speed but the ‘overclocked’ speed.

Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Review

Once you pressed the button, the speed comes to the following.

Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Review

What I observed is that the button does not change the speed on the fly, you’ll have to reboot the machine to get it to switch speed.

As for manual overclocking, I tried pushing 100Mhz on top of the TURBO clock and the gains are barely a frame, the card wasn’t stable with additional 150Mhz overclock so it’s safe to say that the Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G is pretty much at its operating limit.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card1080p (avg)
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 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 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 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 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 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 iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Turbo20
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G Normal20
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming35
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti20

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card1080p (avg)
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 iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G3463
Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G (Full RPM)3151

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 iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G
Furmark Burn-in192
Estimated Actual System Draw173
Estimated Card Power Draw83

From my observation, the card’s power draw whether TURBO or NORMAL mode is the same which is not surprising as the clock speed difference isn’t that great and even the temperature hovers around the same range.

The Verdict

The Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G retails at RM 839, it’s a beautiful card with great performance and runs very silent and it comes with 3-years warranty. The only thing Colorful needs to work on is the packaging.

As for the button? 😀 I’d rather have an additional HDMI port there, it serves no purpose. Running at the lower speed doesn’t make it run any much cooler or consume less power, even the performance isn’t that far off. I think that button would’ve been great if the purpose is to make the card run under 75W but it doesn’t seem to be the case.

Anyway it’s still a great card, out of the box runs 10%+ faster than competitor cards without costing 10% extra.

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