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ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti review: Pascal for 1080p

By Chester Labaco - 14 Nov 2016

Introduction

With NVIDIA’s big cards out of the way (i.e. GTX 1080 and GTX 1070), it’s time for them to focus on the more budget-conscious gamer. With the GTX 1060 still being a relatively expensive purchase for those who have a tight budget, they have now released their GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 GPUs for the masses. Today, we’ll be taking a look at an aftermarket version of the GTX 1050 Ti in the form of the ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti.

Still based on NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture (GP107), the GTX 1050 Ti uses a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. As such, it is armed with 768 CUDA cores, 48 texture mapping units (TMU), and 32 raster operations pipeline (ROP) which reaches peak performance of 2.1 TFLOPs.

With NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture becoming more efficient than previous architectures, the GTX 1050 Ti only has a TDP of 75W which is enough for the card to run on the current supplied by the motherboard. However, the ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti has a supplementary 6-pin PCIe power connector presumably for better overclocking as well as more efficient power delivery. Like most cards in ASUS’ Strix line, it comes with their DirectCU II cooler that claims to run 30% cooler and 3X quieter than a reference card. Of course, their 0dB (passive mode) is also supported by the ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti. AURA RGB LED lighting is also included for people that want to light up their rig.

Like most AIB cards nowadays, the ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti comes with several modes depending on your usage. Under OC mode, the card has a Base Clock of 1392MHz and a GPU Boost Clock of 1506MHz. While in Gaming Mode, it has a Base Clock of 1379MHz and a Boost Clock of 1493MHz. The ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti is also equipped with a 128-bit memory bus complemented by 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7008MHz in both modes. You can check out the full specifications of the ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti below:

 

GPU GP107
Transistor Count 3.3 Billion
Manufacturing Process 14nm
Clock Speed

OC Mode

  • 1392MHz (Base)
  • 1506MHz (Boost)

Gaming Mode

  • 1379MHz (Base)
  • 1493MHz (Boost)
CUDA Cores 768
Texture Mapping Units 48
Raster Operator Units 32
Memory 4GB GDDR5
Memory Clock 7008MHz
Memory Bus Width 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 112GB/s
PCIe Interface 3.0
Power Connectors 1x 6-pin PCIe
Multi GPU Technology No
DVI 2x
HDMI 1x
DisplayPort 1x
HDCP Output Support Yes
8.0
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 8
  • Value 7.5
The Good
High overclock out of the box
DirectCU II Cooler
Passive Mode
The Bad
Might need to turn settings to medium or high