EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
The GTX 1050 Ti may only be £50 cheaper than the RX 470 but its modest performance is more higher-level budget than mid-range. That’s reflected in the card itself. It’s just 152mm long and sports just one fan, drawing all its 75W from its PCIe slot. Peer at the heatsink and other cost-saving is evident. There are no heatpipes in use, nor are the cooling fins the fine bent sheet metal of more expensive options. Instead, it’s just a solid piece of extruded aluminium.
However, with such a modest power output the one fan is sufficient for cool and quiet operation. Plus the whole card is nicely colour co-ordinated, with a black PCB, fan shroud, fan and heatsink. But you miss out on the protective metal backplate and lighting of the more expensive cards and the fan shroud itself is a slightly cheaper-looking plastic.
In the end, what really matters is performance and the GTX 1050 Ti still holds its own. It struggled in Titanfall2 compared to its more expensive siblings – the GTX 1060 is 65% faster – but held up well in TheWitcher.
Overall, though, there’s not enough extra performance here to really justify the extra cost over a GTX 1050. For 1080p gaming that’s the better card.