MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X vs AMD Radeon RX 470

With recent AMD price drops, online retailer savings and rebates, the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti now has new competition on its doorstep. We will re-evaluate the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X with the now price-comparable AMD Radeon RX 470. The low end enthusiast video card market is getting very crowded.


This review is a follow-up to our original launch evaluation of the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X on October 25th. In this evaluation today we are going to expand our coverage of GPUs in comparison to the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU from NVIDIA in use on the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X. This review, and the specific comparisons being made today are a result of price drops from the competition as well as current savings, and mail-in-rebates from online retailers lowering the price of competitive video cards.

If you are not at all familiar with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, check out our original evaluation, we are not going to spend time rehashing all the specifications in this evaluation. Instead, let’s break down pricing so everyone is clear on how these GPUs do compare on price, because there are some interesting things happening.

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Pricing of Reference MSRP

A "reference" GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has an MSRP of $139. An AMD Radeon RX 470 now has a new MSRP of $169. (Street price of the RX 470 tested here today was $205 in September.)

Comparing "reference to reference" pricing, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 470 are currently $30 apart. At this price range, in the mid-to-upper $100 range, $30 is a big deal and can make or break the difference in purchasing either video card. With a difference of $30, the video cards are not comparable based on reference pricing.

However, as we know, two things can happen. Number one, you can get a video card that carries a price premium over the standard reference pricing. Number two you can also get sales or rebates which make video cards cheaper to purchase, sometimes very significantly. These two things can affect with which video card you compare it with.

Pricing of Custom Built Video Cards

The specific GeForce GTX 1050 Ti model we are evaluating is the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X. This specific video card has an MSRP officially from MSI set at $164.99. MSI does offer cheaper GeForce GTX 1050 Ti based video cards that are at reference price, for example the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC video card is a $139 video card.

As you can see, the video card we are specifically evaluating has a $26 price premium over the reference pricing of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X video card earned this price, in our opinion, based on our initial evaluation. It has custom hardware, custom cooling that works great, and potential for high manual overclocking. Our overclocking results were particularly excellent.

The issue is this however, with the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X having a $26 price premium it is pushing up into the realm of now current AMD price dropped AMD Radeon RX 470 based video cards. At $164.99 it is now only $5 from the newly AMD dropped price of $169 for reference AMD Radeon RX 470 pricing. What’s more, many online retailers are now providing savings and rebates bringing down custom built AMD Radeon RX 470 GPU based video cards as well to similar prices of the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X’s premium pricing.

It should be noted not all Radeon RX 470 cards are so cheap, there are still models and versions that are closer to the original MSRP of $179, and even above to $199 or beyond, depending on the model. Certainly there are some good deals on AMD Radeon RX 470 to be had today. We did not know this was happening when we put together our card comparison when the AMD Radeon RX 470 debuted, but now, things have changed.

As you can see, with the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X at $164.99, and with AMD price drops and online rebates in play some AMD Radeon RX 470 video cards are now comparable in price, and thus must be compared. It is the combination of those two things (Price Premium on the MSI GAMING X, and AMD Price Drops and Rebates on RX 470) that have combined to allow us to compare the two video cards based on price at this time. It is a good time to be a gamer.

The Video Card Setup

Therefore, we will be taking our MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X and comparing it two fold. We will be comparing it to AMD reference specification AMD Radeon RX 470. In addition we will be overclocking the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X to its maximum overclock and comparing that with a PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 video card, also manually overclocked to its highest overclock.

In this way you will see how reference Radeon RX 470 compares as well as both cards overclock to overclock. This should tell us which video card offers the best value for the money given the new price points.

For reference, the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X is currently online at $164.99. You can find the PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 470 online at $184.99 with a $15 rebate making the final price $169.99. Note the plethora of AMD Radeon RX 470’s now at $169 with rebates.

Edit-10/31/2016: Updated to reference "street price" of 470 in September. Corrected $215 to $205.