ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics Card Review

Let’s Review ASUS GeForce GTX 1050!

ASUS’ gaming adventure has taken a new shape with advancement in gaming graphics.

PC gamers prefer Asus for its extraordinary and gaming oriented products. Dimensions of PC gaming is way too much different from XBOX or PlayStation.

PCs are considered as the inexpensive mode of gaming because two mentioned consoles aren’t an economical solution. A similar reason exists for the gaming laptop.

However, there we have one problem and that is graphics load. PCs aren’t designed to bear heavy graphics and that means an uneasy gaming.

Furthermore, in most of the cases, the computer often lags between the game. A simple solution to this problem is a graphics card that takes the load of its own.

It also reduces the burden on the computer and keeps it from getting hot which might affect the whole system.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics Card:

ASUS is one of the best graphics card makers and it has a variety of card to adjust the graphics problem.

Most recently I have gone through GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 which are flagship graphics cards.

Although they are far superior in performance but still they carry a hefty price tag. For those who are searching for a budget-oriented graphics card with satisfactory performance, they better go off with low-end Asus GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB RAM.

Specs:

Brand Asus
Card Interface PCI-E
GPU GP107
Graphics Processor GeForce GTX
RAM 4 GB
RAM Type GDDR5
Dimensions 1.5 x 9.5 x 5.1 in
Memory Bus Width 128 bits
Memory Clock Speed 1392 MHz
Max Screen Resolution 7680 x 4320

These are some technical details of this card. Let’s dig into the design and features.

Design:

Received this card just two weeks ago and it came with the simple box, covered in ROG wrapper.

ROG stands for Republic of Gamers and they usually get affiliated with most of the gaming brands such as Asus ROG Spatha.

Inside the box, we have the user manual, warranty card, software drivers and GTX 1050 itself.

A Little bit hard to open, GTX 1050 comes with all black in color. Dimensions are 1.5 x 9.5 x 5.1 in which make it fairly good in terms of area coverage.

Previously, GTX 1080 created problem while adjusting it into the PC due to large size. This one seems to be a perfect design in my opinion.

Top of the card features ROG and STRIX logo while backplate is pretty much plain. Moving on we have 6 pin connectors on the back.

Additionally, we have two fans, each 100 mm. They are a little bit large but the overall structure is compact and nicely packed. And finally, we have display port 1.4, HDMI 2.0 port and 2 DVI port.

Features:

GTX 1050 is basically the successor of 9XX series which proved its ability fairly well. It has surely made some improvement such as increasing clock speed to 1392 MHz as compared to 960 which stood at 1024MHz.

GTX 1050 mainly targets eSports games such as League of Legends, DOTA 2, Crossfire and Counter-Strike etc. Most of the eSports games are basically first person shoots (FPS), real-time strategy (RTS) and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). Not that it only performs well with eSports, other gaming genres are also playable but at lower settings.

The price tag to this card comes in the economic category and I am surprised to see a low-end device from ASUS. I have also gone through Asus AMD Radeon R7 250 too which was also a low-priced device but it was no match for 1050. Radeon R7 had some major lags in performance and it doesn’t suit to modern day games.

Asus claims that GTX 1050 can perform 30% cooler and 3x quieter thanks to patented wing blades. That basically means fewer fans usage which is directly proportional to less power consumption. Well ASUS has a well-known reputation but I will still test the card with some big names.

Performance:

I will be testing Counter-Strike, Hitman, Gears of War 4 and GTA V with this card. I am using Lenovo Ultrabook with Intel Core i7 processor, 8 gigs of RAM on Windows 10 Creators Update. Let’s get into the testing system.

GeForce GTX 1050 Review

Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 is a heavy game that needs some serious graphics solution. It ran at 51 frames per second on average which is quite satisfactory. Two fans rotate very fast to keep the system cool. At full HD display, however, it reduced to merely 39 frames per second. There was some irritating fan noise at some points too.

GeForce GTX 1050 Review

GTA V
The gang war game, GTA V makes some really good moves but it is even heavier for GTX 1080. At HD, the game ran with some considerable lags at 44 frames per second while it fell even below 30 fps at full HD. Obviously, GTX 1050 simply can’t deal with that.

GeForce GTX 1050 Review

Rise of Tomb Raider:
The rise of Tomb Raider is fairly easy and lighter game as compared to above two and it can run on normal PCs too. Using GTX 1050, frame rates exceeded to 130 fps which are quite appreciating. Even at Full HD, it remains above 100 fps. Fans remain calm and there was no considerable noise at all.

Conclusion:

So the question arises that is GTX 1050 is really a better option. I would like to add a comment here. There are some other alternatives available that can give an enhanced performance at cost of some extra bucks. Heavy gaming doesn’t make a good theme here in my opinion. But still, it goes well with the budget-oriented gaming community and a better alternative to Asus AMD Radeon R7 250.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1050

ASUS GeForce GTX 1050
8.8

DESIGN

8/10

OVERHEAT

9/10

SPEED

10/10

RESOLUTION

9/10

Overall

8/10

Pros

  • Fast, power-efficient and smooth gaming experiences
  • Aura sync RGB lighting
  • 30% cooler and 3x quieter performance
  • Classic and modern games at 1080P

Cons

  • It performs well with eSports but other gaming genres are also playable but at lower settings

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Written by Jidaun Parker

Jidaun has been hooked on tech ever since he tried a Compaq PC clone when he was five. He’s big on mobile and is one of those precious few people who wears his smartwatch with pride. He’s also an unapologetic Canadian: Don’t be surprised if you get an earful about poutine or the headaches with Canadian carriers.

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