ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti review: Pascal for 1080p
In order to test the capabilities of the ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti, we plugged it to our test bench which consisted of the following:
- Intel Core i7-4960X
- Gigabyte X79-UD7
- Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 1866MHz
- ADATA SP920SS 256GB
- Windows 10 Pro
We used the following programs to benchmark the card:
- Futuremark 3DMark (DX11)
- Futuremark 3DMark Time Spy (DX12)
- The Division
- The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Grand Theft Auto V
Futuremark 3DMark (DX11)
Designed to showcase the DirectX 11 API, the Futuremark 3DMark Firestrike became a standard in benchmarking as it not only tests the capabilities of the GPU, but also the capabilities of the whole system for a complete stress test.
Futuremark 3DMark Time Spy
Much like 3DMark, Time Spy showcases the capabilities of the low-overhead DirectX 12 API.
The Division is the most recent lineup of Tom Clancy games from Ubisoft. The online, open world, third-person shooter takes place in the desolate city of Manhattan where an unknown virus has struck. We used Ultra quality settings at 1920 x 1080 with VSYNC turned off for our benchmark.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
A follow-up to the reboot of the series, Lara is now searching for a lost treasure that her father was investigating before his passing. Following the same gameplay as Tomb Raider reboot from 2013, the Rise of the Tomb Raider is a worthy title under the Tomb Raider series. This was tested at Very High preset with FXAA at 1920 x 1080 (DX11).
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The last entry in Geralt’s adventure, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt aims to perfect The Witcher formula. A follow-up to The Witcher 2, which was also regarded for its technical marvel, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a perfect candidate for a benchmarking tool as it runs consistently and stresses most cards with its beautiful graphics. We used the Ultra Preset with High post-processing settings with Hairworks turned off at 1920 x 1080 for our test.
Grand Theft Auto V
Initially released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto V was ported to the PC back in November 2014. Despite its age, the open world, action-adventure game from Rockstar North is still beautiful to look at. We used the Very High settings at 1920 x 1080 to benchmark our cards.
As a 75-watt card, the ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti should run cool; and it did just that. Due to the DirectCU II cooler with its patented wing blade fans and passive mode, the card ran at 42°C without the fans turned on and the temperature equalized at 60°C without the fan being noticeable to the ear.