ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition Edition Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition Edition Review
Introduction

Anyone who has spent any time in the world of PC gaming understands a couple of things which might have escaped the casual viewer. Firstly, Steam has unquestionably saved PC gaming. Whether it is the regular price cuts that tempt those who might have obtained their games by alternative means into legitimate purchases, or the ease of the delivery system, or just having a very visible platform upon which to tout your wares, Steam has erased all of the old jokes about PC games requiring a month and a half of setup and manual reading before you can play them. Secondly, and the reason for this mild diversion at the beginning of the review, they (Steam) have a huge list of what is and isn't popular when it comes to hardware.

As much as we might all aspire to high end graphics cards that make light work of upcoming titles, and a few of the more hardcore gamers even run them, the majority of people use graphics cards which provide good value.

In fact if we return to the Steam theory - or GoG or HumbleBundle etc - there are thousands of games which aren't at the leading edge of graphical technology but actually just come with excellent gameplay. Think MineCraft, Spelunky, Football Manager, Crimzon Clover, Hearthstone, the gaming landscape is awash with brilliant games which don't require SLI'd GTX 1080s to play in all their splendour.

Which brings us neatly to the GTX 1050 Ti. A graphics card which is very much at the entry level of the nVidia range along with its non-Ti sister. Coming in around £130 it's easily affordable to anyone who wants one, so of course we had to find out how it performed, and what better way to do so than with one equipped with an ASUS cooler?

Technical Specifications

Being based upon the latest Pascal GPU the GTX 1050 Ti isn't some rehash of a much older architecture, but rather one which provides all the current nVidia thinking about efficiency and feature sets just in a tiny package. How tiny you ask. Well it hasn't got a power connector. We thought that would pique your interest. 

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Most Recent Comments

25-10-2016, 09:23:36

Wraith
Asus what were you guys smoking? It looks worse than terrible... I understand it's a low budget card but damn! You guys didn't have to make it look so bad. And what is with the wall mount (key hole) on the shroud, also the huge gaping hole where the PCIe power connector should be... it's like you guys just gave up half way through. Kudos to NVIDIA though it's performance is about where I figured it would be for a sub £150 GPU which puts it right about where the 750Ti pricing was at £139.Quote

25-10-2016, 11:28:26

flemdawgheal
Hey guys,

Long time lurker here decided to make an account to ask a simple question.

Where is the RX 460 for this test? It is my understanding hardware wise the GTX 1050ti is closer to the RX 460 than the RX 470 and the tests show a big gap proving this. I would like to see the RX 460 vs GTX 1050ti as that is a more appropriate comparison of performance.

Other than that, keep it up. love the in depth bench marks, the DX12 comparisons are great! no need for 4k on this one obviously its a 1080p card. Great list otherwise of different models of cards. Keep it real.Quote

25-10-2016, 11:40:12

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by flemdawgheal View Post
Hey guys,

Long time lurker here decided to make an account to ask a simple question.
We have not reviewed a 460 (AMD etc hasnt sent us one.

We dont retest for each review so without us having carried out a review in the past it cant be featured in the graphs.Quote

25-10-2016, 13:59:34

RickPlaysWarr
Hi

I think that these types of cards have a great place in the small form factor build cases like the N-Case M1. Low power and little heat are great features for an SFF transportable build. I like what you pointed out about 1080 gaming and I have considered a SFF build for just that in the living room. I hope you get one of the single fan short cards in for review, and lets see how the smaller card does with heat dissipation.

--Rick--

--Rick--Quote

25-10-2016, 17:16:12

AlienALX
Disappointing, but then I should have really known that Nvidia wouldn't give away anything decent for £150. Don't mind the card from the fan side, top part and back are atrocious but I guess that's what happens when you cut corners.

I won't be buying, as it's no better than a 960. No point going 950-960 for £150 may as well leave it.Quote
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