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ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition 4GB Graphics Card Review

The NVIDIA GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti are now officially available and here is your first look into the performance of the first cards out in the market today, the ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition head-to-head against a GTX 950, GTX 750 Ti and a Radeon RX 470.

Read on in this #B2Gfirst review.

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ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition 4GB Graphics Card Review
ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition 4GB Graphics Card Review
[section label=”Introduction”]

NVIDIA has shown some special focus for eSports lately with their heavy campaign in partnering with eSports organizations, tournaments and games and to fuel this industry even more, NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture has made it possible for nVidia to make affordable 1080p gaming so much more affordable.

Debuting today is the NVIDIA GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, both based off  the GP107 die.

[section label=”ABOUT THE NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti”]

ABOUT THE NVIDIA GTX GTX 1050/1050 Ti

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The NVIDIA GTX 1050 feature 640 CUDA cores and 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The GTX 1050 Ti will have a larger set of 768 CUDA cores with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. The GTX 1050 price will start at $109 and the GTX 1050 Ti will be priced starting at $139. There will be no Founders Edition for both cards.

The GTX 1050 Ti has a base clock of 1290Mhz and can boost up to 1392Mhz as NVIDIA specs. Memory clock runs at 3504Mhz. The GTX 1050 runs with a base clock of 1354 MHz and has a Boost Clock of 1455 MHz. Memory Clock is also 3504 MHz.

[section label=”ABOUT ASUS GTX 1050 Ti EXPEDITION”]

ABOUT THE ASUS GTX 1050 Ti EXPEDITION

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The ASUS GTX 1050 Ti is a reference spec model with ASUS more mainstream cooler. There’s nothing much to discuss about the card outside that it features the new GP107 GPU and ASUS modern components hence a definitely more improved and robust PCB and overall build. It also doesn’t require a PCI-e power connector so its safe to say ASUS may have plans to get an OC edition out after this. The ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition is a 2-slot card and features the signature ASUS black and red. Pricing is to be announced after launch.

[section label=”Product Gallery”]

Product Gallery

[section label=”Performance Testing”]

PERFORMANCE

Test Setup

Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus VIII FORMULA
Memory: Kingston HyperX SAVAGE DDR4-3000 16GB
Storage: Intel SSD 750 NVME U.2 SSD
PSU: Thermaltake ToughPower Grand 1000w Gold
Cooling: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riings 360mm
Monitor: LG 42UB820T UltraHD TV
VGA: ASUS GTX 1050 Ti EXPEDITION

For a full-hardware workout, visit http://www.futuremark.com for our benchmarks of choice.

For benchmarking methodology please see our game benchmark method guide.

Driver: NVIDIA GeForce 375.50 AMD Crimson 16.10.2
Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

Frame rates and frame times of a 60-second game play were recorded using FRAPS v3.5.99. The test results are the average of 3 benchmark runs. Since this is a GPU review, we benchmarked the area of the games that put heavy load on the GPU.

All our test runs are repeatable, click the links below for area and details. Read our benchmarking methodology.

The games and corresponding image quality settings used are shown below:

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Crysis 3

Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Texture Resolution: Very High
Anti-aliasing: SMAA 2Tx
System Spec: Very High
Anisotropic Filtering: 16x
Motion Blur: Disabled

Grand Theft Auto V

Resolution: 1920 x 1080
FXAA Off
MSAA 4x
TXAA Off
Very High settings
Anisotropic Filtering: 16x
Motion Blur disabled
Advanced Graphics enabled

The Witcher 3

Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Frame Rate: Unlimited
Nvidia HairWorks: Off
Ultra Settings
Motion Blur: Off
Blur: Off
Anti-aliasing: On
Bloom: On
Sharpening: High
Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Depth of Field: On
Chromatic Aberration: Off
Vignetting: On
Light Shafts: On

Rise of the Tomb Raider

DirectX11
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Anti-aliasing: FXAA
Very High settings
Ambient Occlusion: On
Pure Hair: On
Vignette Blur: Off
Motion Blur: Off
Bloom: On
Tessellation: On
Screen Space Reflections: On
Lens Flares: On
Film Grain: Off

DOTA2

DirectX9 (default)
Resolution: 1920×1080
Best-Looking slider setting (non-Ultra)
FPS_MAX 240
Vsync OFF

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Note: Some proprietary technologies of NVIDIA like PCSS, HBAO+, and HairWorks work on AMD GPU’s but we decided not to use them.

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[/tab] [tab title=”The Witcher 3″]

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[/tab] [tab title=”Grand Theft Auto V”]

Sadly, the GTX 750 Ti does not meet the minimum requirements of this game in high so it just didn’t proceed to load when set all the way  up. To keep the test uniform, we dropped the sample from the performance sampling.

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[/tab] [tab title=”DOTA 2″]

We’ve reached out to nVidia to see if they’ve implemented low-latency in the drivers as the results are surprisingly faster than a GTX 1070 in our previous testing. DotA2 recently had a graphics update where they implemented Tree Wind so we’ll verify if there’s other graphical changes and performance changes. All the data here are gathered from a sampling of the latest version.

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[/tab] [/tabs] [section label=”Temps & Power”]

TEMPERATURE & POWER CONSUMPTION

To measure both power consumption and heat, we stress the video card and record the peak values for heat and wattage. We use default values on the cards and stress test them using 3DMark FireStrike Ultra in 20 loops to simulate gaming loads and this is where we also base our power draw. System power draw is measured from the socket.

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The temps for the ASUS GTX 1050 Ti are relatively average and given its more conservative cooler and smaller fans, its understandable. Still, these are good numbers and are peak of what you’ll get from normal gaming use which would average around 54-56*C. Power draw is obviously the main highlight here as the system conumes around 81w peak from the socket meaning the 75w draw of the GTX 1050 Ti holds up which is really impressive.

Thermal Images

[section label=”Conclusion”]

CONCLUSION

ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition 4GB Graphics Card Review

ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition 4GB Graphics Card Review

Lets break it down for the GTX 1050 Ti:

Performance. Focused as a 1080p gaming solution, we went a bit harsh on the GTX 1050 Ti pitting it in our high-end GPU gauntlet of benchmarks but ultimately came out performing quite well even especially in DOTA2 where both its frame times and framerate performance were particularly great for this title. Overall, leaving the detail settings to GFE should yield the best results to give a sustained 60FPS to most titles but most games should be playable in 1080p on high with the GTX 1050 Ti.

Build Quality. We can tell ASUS is being lazy with the Expedition with its blocky design and lack of flare but that’s mostly nitpicking. Build-wise, the PCB is excellent as expected from ASUS and the overall build quality gives the feeling of a quality product. We do feel ASUS could’ve went with a slimmer shroud or denser heatsink but the thermal performance is already good enough as it is,

Functionality. The GTX 1050 Ti is a decent upgrade card if you’re coming off an IGP or APU, its definitely a tangible upgrade. For older systems running 3-4 generations behind, its also going to be a decent upgrade given your CPU can handle the burden of modern games,

Bundle. Varies by AIB. ASUS bundles the GTX 1050 Ti Expedition with premium access top World of Warships.

Value. The SRP for the GTX 1050 Ti is $139 and ASUS pricing is to be announced yet.

The NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti is intended to be a slot-in upgrade requiring no PSU upgrade and no power connector so even if you’re running a 3-year  old system, you can just connect a new GTX 1050 Ti and feel an improvement in your overall gaming experience. The Pascal technology makes this happen and it translates to a really good entry into modern gaming particularly eSports which has become a portal of sorts for budding system builders and PC game enthusiasts looking to move away from the canned console experience.

The GTX 1050 Ti is a good performance jump from the older GTX 950 and certainly an upgrade worth the money coming of a GTX 750 Ti. But the real question that most budget builders would be asking is if the GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti is better than the Radeon RX 460. We’ve made an analysis of the RX 460 vs GTX 950 earlier and we’re working on our GTX 1050 vs RX 460 soon for a future article. For now, the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 are in their own space, filling in the final pieces of the GeForce GTX 10-series family allowing gamers on a really tight budget or who just want an affordable and smooth PC gaming performance at 1080p.

We give the ASUS GTX 1050 Ti our B2G Recommend Award and B2G Value Award!

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Marc Bien Go

    October 25, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Daryl Cartagena

    • Daryl Cartagena

      October 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Ano brad ok ba or hindi?

      • josh

        October 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        parang mas worth ang 1060 kesa dito

  2. Kyle Lester D Amisola

    October 26, 2016 at 12:25 am

    GTX 750ti vs 1080ti

    • Pabar Ádám

      October 26, 2016 at 3:37 am

      Use the gepigenyek.hu in the site, összehasonlítás.

  3. Jet Joseph

    October 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Jhey Cigaral

  4. JohnTHOUGH

    October 26, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Bro, Di ba bottleneck yung GPU mo?

    • JohnTHOUGH

      October 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Malakas CPU mo tapos medyo mahina yung GPU mo. Bottleneck ata eh.

  5. Aom Mushfeque Un Nabi

    June 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks! Going to purchase tomorrow. #Bangladesh. Things are slow here.

  6. marktiu66

    December 28, 2017 at 9:20 am

    wrong price$139, this is $251

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