GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gets The ASUS ROG STRIX TreatmentSince the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was released in October 2016 it has become one of the most desirable cards to have for 1080P gaming due to be priced around $150. Over the past the past seven months there have been many driver updates, so we wanted to take a fresh look at a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics card to see how they perform. We managed to get our hands on an ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition graphics card that retails for $169.99 shipped on Amazon or $154.99 shipped on Newegg (after a $10 rebate card). Not everyone wants to spend $200+ on a graphics card nor do they plan on doing Virtual Reality gaming or anything other than gaming on a 1080P display, so a an affordable mainstream card like this could be a good fit. If you play on a 1080P monitor and play game titles like Overwatch, Skyrim or CS:GO a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has enough power to get you over that 60 FPS threshold with respectable image quality settings. You also get all the latest NVIDIA technologies like Ansel, G-Sync and more. The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti uses the GP107 'Pascal' GPU and it features 768 CUDA that have a base clock of 1290 MHz and a boost clock of 1392 MHz on NVIDIA's reference design. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory operates on a 128-bit bus at 7 Gbps for 112.1 GB/sec of memory bandwidth on the reference design. Those clock speeds are all fine and dandy, but for this ASUS ROG product they pushed the limits a bit and factory overclocked the GPU base clock up to 1380 MHz with a boost clock of 1493 MHz in gaming mode (default and what we tested) or at 1392 MHz base and 1506 MHz boost in an optional OC mode that you can enable enable with the GPU Tweak II Utility. When you use the default settings the ASUS Geforce GTX 1050Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition boasts a 7% increase in the boost and base clock clock to help supercharge the cards gaming abilities. ASUS did not overclock the cards 4GB of GDDR5 memory, so it is left at 7 Gbps (7000 MHz effective) although you should be able to easily overclock that on your own if you'd like. The ASUS Geforce GTX 1050Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition is a dual-slot graphics card that measures 9.5-inches in length and 5.1" in height, so it should easily fit inside most all PC cases. ASUS went with an all black color scheme that looks pretty good with a plastic fan shroud. When it comes to the fan design ASUS went with a DirectCU II GPU cooler with direct-GPU contact heatpipes. Above the heatsink you'll find two wing-blade 0dB fans that deliver more static pressure over the heatsink than standard fans and they are 3x quieter than the standard reference card. ASUS went with a 4+1 digital multi-phase Super Alloy Power II power delivery system, which is said to increase efficiency, reduce power loss and improve thermal levels. This card also features ASUS AURA SYNC lighting for those that wanted to do some advanced lighting effects. Between the two fans this ROG Strix graphics card has a small RGB light that is capable of displaying millions of colors and six different effects for a personalized gaming system.
- Static - Always on
- Breathing - Fades in & out
- Strobing - Flashing on & Off
- Color Cycle - Fades between colors of the rainbow
- Music effect - Pulses to the beat of your music
- GPU temperature - Changes color with GPU load
Test SystemBefore we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used as we switched over to a new system in April 2017 when Windows 10 Creators Update was released. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit version 1703 and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we've always done out testing 'hot' since the site started back more than a decade ago. Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:
- AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.5.1 for Radeon Cards
- NVIDIA GeForce 382.05 for GeForce Cards
Intel X99 PlatformThe Intel X99 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS X99-E-10G WS motherboard with BIOS 0603 that came out on 03/15/2017. We went with the Intel Core i7-6950X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform and overclocked it up to 4.0GHz on all cores. The Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory kit we used was a 64GB kit (4x16GB) and while it is rated at 3600MHz we actually ran it at 3333MHz at 1.30V with 16-16-16-30 1T memory timings. The Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair RM1000x power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements. Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
|The Intel X99 Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-6950X|
ASUS X99-E-10G WS
64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600MHz DDR4
|Solid-State Drive||Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1TB|
|Cooling||Corsair Hydro H115i|
|Power Supply||Corsair RM1000x|
|Case||HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station|
|Operating System||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Monitor||ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K|
Battlefield 1Battlefield 1 (also known as BF1) is the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield Series developed by DICE and published by EA. The game is set during World War I. It was released world wide on October 21, 2016. The singleplayer campaign of Battlefield 1 takes place across six different "War Stories" which revolve around different people in different aspects of the Great War in campaigns such as the Italian Alps and the deserts of Arabia. We benchmark in Through Mud and Blood, which is the second mission in singleplayer campaign. Taking place late in the war, the player assumes the role of Danny Edwards, a British recruit joining the crew of a Mark V Landship named Black Bess as their new tank driver. New to the war and inexperienced in driving the unreliable vehicle, Edwards is given a trial by fire with his first mission: punch through the German line at Cambrai with a broken tank and a crew that has no trust in him. Battlefield 1 features the Frostbite 3 game engine and has very good graphics with tons of destructibles. Maps also now feature dynamic weather systems, affecting combat in various ways; for example, The St. Quentin Scar can either start as a clear, sunny day, a dark, foggy day, or in the middle of a rainstorm, and switch between them during the round. We tested BF1 at 1920 x 1080 with the 'Ultra' graphics quality preset in DX12 with the GPU Memory Restriction turned off. We also disabled VSync. Benchmark Results: Battlefield 1 is pretty tough on graphics cards with the Ultra image quality preset, but we were still able to average 48 FPS on 1080P on the ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition. When we cranked up the screen resolution to 2560x1440 our performance dropped down to 33 FPS, so you can see this card is certainly not aimed at those gamers.
Deus Ex: Mankind DividedDeus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations. The game was released on August 23rd, 2016 for PC users. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided uses a heavily modified version of the Glacier 2 engine that has been tweaked so much that they are now calling it the Dawn game engine. We took a look at GPU performance using the 'High' image quality preset with MSAA and VSync turned off. We picked to run just 'High' image quality settings due to how tough this game title is to render and we feel that most gamers will try to target this setting. Benchmark Results: This is a newer DX12 game title and with the high image quality preset we were getting 39 FPS at 1080P on the ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition. Once again you'll need to back down the image quality to get smooth graphics performance. Moving up to the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card will give you 60+ FPS averages at 1080P, so the performance difference between the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1060 is pretty wide, but so is the price.
Gears of War 4Gears of War is a video game franchise created and originally owned by Epic Games, developed and managed by The Coalition, and owned and published by Microsoft Studios. The series focuses on the conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent & the Swarm. Gears of War 4 was released on October 11, 2016 for the PC and is an interesting game title in the sense that it must be run on Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. It uses the DirectX 12 API with features like async compute and tiled resources. Microsoft and the developer (The Coalition) have worked hard to make the PC port not suck and have placed over 30 graphics cards settings in the option menu with over 100-plus options that you can adjust. We are using the ultra image quality preset with VSync turned off. Gears of War 4 comes with a built-in benchmark that appears to be pretty decent and shows the average minimum framerate (bottom 5%) in the results. This is the benchmark that we ran on our graphics cards with Ultra image quality settings to see how they would perform. 1440P Benchmark Results: The ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition averaged 51 FPS on Gears of War 4 at the Ultra Preset and was actually pretty smooth at that setting despite dropping down into the low 40's at a couple spots. Once again this is one of those game titles that you'll need to drop the image quality from Ultra to get a really smooth gaming experience across all the game scenes.
Fallout 4Fallout 4 is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a devastating nuclear war, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3. The title is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide on November 10th, 2015. Fallout 4 was benchmarked with ultra image quality settings with TAA and 16x AF. These settings are tough for entry level discrete graphics cards, but are more than playable on high-end gaming graphics cards. V-Sync can't be disabled in the games options, so we edited the necessary INI files and disabled vsync in the driver software as well. We used FRAPS to benchmark Fallout 4 after you emerge from the vault and are in The Commonwealth. Benchmark Results: Finally! This is the first game title that we have tested that the ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition was able to average 60 FPS on and we managed to do it with Ultra image quality settings to boot.
Grand Theft Auto VGrand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015. Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos. It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements. In Grand Theft Auto V we set the game to run with no MSAA with 16x AF and high image quality settings as we didn't want the GPU to bottleneck the system too bad, but wanted a setup that your average gamer would actually play on. We used the games built-in benchmark utility to have at least one game we used that could be compared to your setup at home. We averaged all the five of the default benchmark runs and omitted both the minimum and maximum values as those results are garbage due to major inconsistencies. Benchmark Results: The ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition graphics card made short of GTAV and we were able to average above 60 FPS at both 1080P and 1440P display resolutions. Over 47,000 gamers are playing GTAV on steam right now and if they had a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti they could be playing it at 1080P with silky smooth game play!
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon WildlandsTom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Paris. It is the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon franchise and is the first Ghost Recon game to feature an open world environment. The game moves away from the futuristic setting introduced in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and instead feature a setting similar to the original Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. Ubisoft described it as one of the biggest open world games that they have ever published, with the game world including a wide variety of environments such as mountains, forests, deserts and salt flats. A modified version of the AnvilNext game engine was used. The game was released on March 7, 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands was benchmarked with high image quality settings with Temporal AA and 4x AF. V-Sync and the framerate limit were both disabled and we used the game titles built-in game benchmark. 1080P Benchmark Results: Ghost Recon Wildlands is a very tough game title when it comes to graphics and at 1080P with just the high preset we were getting around 45 FPS on the ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition. Dropping down the image quality one preset will get you over the 60 FPS mark, so not a bad performance number from a card that will run you around $150.
3DMark Time Spy - DX123DMark Time Spy just recently came out and it is the latest and greatest DirectX 12 benchmark test for gaming PCs running Windows 10. This DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 benchmark utilizes a pure DirectX 12 game engine that supports features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading! The developers opted to use DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 to ensuring wide compatibility with DirectX 11 hardware through DirectX 12 drivers. With DirectX 12 on Windows 10, game developers can significantly improve the multi-thread scaling and hardware utilization of their titles to draw more objects, textures and effects for your viewing enjoyment. 3DMark Fire Strike is a great high-end DirectX 11 benchmark test, but doesn't really show off what new graphics cards can do on a DirectX 12 game title that will have much more going on while you are playing. We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and got the following results: In this DX12 benchmark we see the ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition came in with a score of 2,790 points.
VRMark is a relatively new benchmark aimed at those that might be thinking about buying an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift and knowing what hardware will give them the best VR gaming experience. VRMark includes two VR benchmark tests that run on your monitor, no headset required, or on a connected HMD. At the end of each test, you'll see whether your PC is VR ready, and if not, how far it falls short.
SuperPosition BenchmarkUNIGINE introduced the Superposition Benchmark in April 2017 and it contains a benchmark based on the UNIGINE 2 Engine that is pretty tough on modern graphics cards. We ran the SuperPosition Benchmark performance test with the 1080P High preset. The ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition has an overall score of 3,919 points. The FPS results might have more meaning for our readers, so here is a chart that shows those results. As you can see we are getting 29 FPS on average on the ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition graphics card.
Temperature & Noise TestingThe gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers. ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition Idle and Load Temps: When it comes to temperatures we were seeing 40C idle with no fans spinning and 58C at load on the ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition graphics card. The fan speeds got up to 44% and that had the fans running at 1090 RPM. You could barely hear the fans running on the open test bench over the water cooler, so inside a case it should be barely audible if you get decent airflow. When it comes to GPU temperatures ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition comes in much cooler than the others at load. Note that all four cards have 0dB fans at idle that did not spin.
We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with 'A' frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.When it comes to noise levels the ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG STRIX OC Edition graphics cards the card is one of the quietest of the bunch.