I bought a $48 GTX 1050 Ti on Wish.comFeb 27, 2020
I recently watched an ad for e-tailer Wish on YouTube, you know, that ad where there's just a bunch of Millennials massively overreacting to things. Do you even really like it? Are you seeing this? Are you seeing this? Is it just me or is there something like that. There's a condescending tone to that ad, well it's basically like millennials can buy cheap electronics on the internet and they wouldn't be able to tell, but I mean the ad obviously works because, well, I
boughtsomething on the website now, when I saw this ad and I wanted to wonder if they actually sell PC components on this website and how much cheaper it would actually be, so I went ahead and uploaded the PC components and they actually sell a large variety of GTX
1050TI, so very excited I ordered the cheapest one I could find and then tentatively put my credit card details on the website.
Honestly, it's a pretty scary process. Putting your details on that website feels a little like sending your credit card information to a Nigerian prince you met on a forum and after three weeks he's finally here. I'm really excited that we'll unbox it, put it on a PC and see how it works and well, whether or not it's actually a
1050Ti and maybe this. It's the best deal, so here's the suspiciously small package. It actually didn't take as long as I think it would take to arrive. In fact, it shipped almost immediately. It is now shipped from China, but it only took about two or three weeks.
I can't remember what I said in the introduction. I don't know how to get in here and I do. Just wild. This is probably the worst unboxing I have ever seen. Well, here it is. He has the witcher on. On the front, that's exciting, that means it should probably be able to run Witcher and it says it's a g4 series graphics. Scott, you don't actually specify what it is. This type of case reminds me of the GeForce 4000 from years ago. early 2000s but let's open it up, it hasn't been sealed at the factory which again is also quite worrying, there is a drivers CD which also doesn't indicate what graphics card it is so there is still no indication what this is GPU nowhere and there's nothing else in the box it's actually suspiciously loosely packaged if you look at it like that isn't it no poop no padding oh you know let's take a look at the very poorly packaged graphics card and again just keep in mind So this is not an anti-static bag, it's a very oily bubble wrap like bag, it's actually a pretty gross feeling, so here's what a $60 TI 1050 looks like and doesn't it look amazing, now this heatsink heat is pretty rubbish, it doesn't have heat pipes and it has that aluminum block effect where they just cut lines and to make more surface area, it's so strange that the memory modules are on the back like this, honestly this one PCB is so bare that I haven't seen a GPU PCB that was stripped for a long time, but what's very reassuring is that it says 1050 Ti on a sticker, so it has to be 1050 Ti, but it's a bit suspicious because now all 8 pins have been removed.
This doesn't necessarily mean it's not a 1050 Ti because there are 1050 Ti variants that don't have the EPS power plug; The GPU actually has a low enough power draw that it gets all of its power from the PCI Express port, but that's still a little weird and then when we go to the graphics card I/O, this is very suspicious because it has an HDMI port, which is pretty normal, and then it has a VGA port, which for a Pascal graphics card doesn't really make sense and it also has a DVI port, so it's not the most up to date.
I'm wondering if it's not, I don't know what kind of HDMI it is, if it's 1.4 or it's definitely not 2, but yeah, so let's take this beauty. and we'll plug it into a PC and see if it's actually a 1050 TI and how well it works because this may be the best value for money yet instead of just making fun of these graphics. card because you almost certainly have what is the PC equivalent of a venereal disease. In fact, I'm going to see what a very reasonable use case for it is. Now I'm going to use my PC that I
boughtwith my first YouTube paycheck.
I made a video about it, you can see it at some link, it's a really cool video. I would recommend looking at it but it didn't have a graphics card so it was just an AMD 2400 G APU and then if you get a pair. more dollars like let's say $60 you could upgrade it with this desire gtx 1050 TI that's really worth buying ok then it was my fault there was a power cable in the fan or the video display setup is not available because there is an Nvidia graphics card. it was not detected on your system oh we have signal here we go so there must have been some issue where it was competing with the APU but let's look oh oh blue screen of death according to MSI Afterburner there is no graphics card here Okay , I said you are going to nvidia and the video graphics card was not detected in your system so in this case it gives the same warning based on GeForce experience, actually we have a 1050 Ti here yes so I will install the drivers or update the drivers, this is the second attempt to install the driver and actually the PC blue screen of death appears while trying to install the driver and I don't know if you can notice it on the camera but it is actually like blinking, as if the monitor was flickering.
Here, then I think what I'm going to do is take it out and see what this GPU is because it's obviously not a 1050 TI because the drivers can't interact with it like it's the graphics card. which says yes, so let's remove the heatsink and see which GPU we are dealing with. I saw another video where a guy bought, I think it was a GTX 960 out of desire and he had the same thing. Ins into the software, the graphics card I was really convinced was the GTX 960, but when I removed the heatsink, it was a different GPU.
I don't remember which one it was. Now mine is also convinced it's a 1050 TI, but the graphics card. Controllers cannot interact with it properly. I'm not going to unscrew this heatsink as well as I should, but again, never mind, this doesn't really work anyway. That was very much an example of how not to remove a sink now as you can see under the thermal paste this GPU is a GF one one six two hundred kaa one now if you Google it shows it's actually a GTS 450 revision two, which means this GPU is five generations older than they claim. one thing I just want to quickly point out is that this GPU is worth significantly less than $60, so whoever the reseller is selling these GPUs that made a killing on this graphics card they probably couldn't sell them for long because you can let product reviews there so I'm sure people pointed out that this is actually fake and it's not a great deal for a 1050 Ti and when I find it really funny however the production quality is horrendous if you look at it these little spacers that have just been fused to the PCB and it's not actually the spacers that they use to separate the GPU block because this is actually where you can see it.
They're still here so they have a bunch of spare spacers stuck on them so
wishis still a scam yeah well. I mean, of course, it's like it always is with the Internet if something seems too good to be true. It almost always is, although there is a video on a channel called Phil's Computer Lab where he shows you how to update the BIOS on this card and turn it into a working GTS 450. It's actually a really interesting video. I would recommend you check it out. I would do it myself, but I don't have the hardware available to do it.
If there is enough interest in this video and people want me to try it for myself, I will buy it on eBay so I can do that. It works, but as it is it's $60 down the drain If you liked the video Share it with your friends Subscribe to the channel to see more videos like this Like and all that stuff Follow me on Instagram and Twitter where I have other updates Through the channel and yes, until the next video, bye.
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