ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition Edition Review


ASUS GTX 1050 Ti Expedition Edition Review


When we were reviewing the headline graphics cards from the nVidia Pascal range the power efficiency of them was a nice bonus. Like the cherry on top of the high performance cake. The GTX 1050 Ti Expedition reveals the wisdom of the hard work and design focus of that aforementioned efficiency in the form of a card which is easily capable of playing games at the most popular resolution - 1080P - without requiring an additional power input to keep it running.

As we said at the beginning of our benchmark pages we always test at the same settings to ensure that one benchmark is comparable to all the previous ones. When it comes to a card such as the ASUS Expedition it therefore would be easy to look at the results and assume it isn't very powerful because it's generally to be found at the foot of our graphs. This is for a multitude of reasons with the settings being some and the fact that we haven't tested old cards on modern games, which means that for many of the results the nearest card to the GTX 1050 Ti is the Radeon RX 470 or RX 480, both of which cost significantly more than the Expedition.

As anyone who wants an affordable gaming solution will understand, you have to be judicious in your application of game settings. At this end of the market you can't just stick everything to maximum and expect to get frame rates in the triple digits. Back off from our 8xMSAA, Ultra detail settings just slightly and the GTX 1050 Ti comes alive, producing excellent smooth gaming at 1920x1080 whilst doing so at a whisper and requiring almost no power at all.

It is this lack of power draw at the wall which is the most impressive aspect of the GTX 1050 Ti. Our overclocked X99 system with the Expedition at full load only drew 172W. Way below anything else we've ever tested. When money is tight enough that you're looking for a sub-£150 card then those electricity savings are vital. Furthermore, as we all know, power equals heat to dissipate and so you could put the ASUS Expedition in even a tiny case with no additional cooling beyond a couple of case fans, plugged in to a small output power supply that you may have gotten with a shop bought system, and still make the most out of it without fear of having to upgrade other components like you may have to with other more power hungry cards.


The ASUS GTX 1050 Ti is a blinder of a card for the money, combining good 1080P performance with all the ASUS hallmarks of high build quality and quiet operation thanks to its ridiculously low power use alongside the nVidia Pascal featureset and so wins our OC3D Gamers Choice award.

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Most Recent Comments

25-10-2016, 09:23:36

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

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

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


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.



25-10-2016, 17:16:12

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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