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ASUS Strix GTX 1050 Ti review: Pascal for 1080p

By Chester Labaco - 14 Nov 2016

Benchmarks

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

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.

Thermals

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.

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