Today NVIDIA Company introduced the graphics card of entry level on the basis of 14-nanometer chips GP107 with architecture of Pascal. The models of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 will be interesting for the game lovers who are willing to spend $100-200 to buy a graphics card. Let us see what should be a basic game graphics at the end of 2016 according to Californians. At first we reviewed a curious model of a new line of EXPEDITION ASUS – ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB
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After partly satisfaction of the demands of the most fans, NVIDIA is ready to expand its new solutions based on Pascal in the mass segment. Graphic cards of entry level are very popular. This is the entry ticket to the world of big games, because it is important for the developers of discrete graphic to control maybe not the most advantageous part from the point of view of profit, but the important part of graphics front.
Someone from potential buyers upgrade their ancient graphics card, hoping to get a progressive economical and more productive solution at a reasonable price. Someone just decided to buy a discrete adapter, up to this point relying solely on integrated graphics. Someone was barely able to allocate from the family budget amount for the entry-level device, and someone is just not ready to spend on a graphics card over $200 because of personal beliefs. In all these and numerous similar instances, manufacturers should “lend a shoulder” to get into position and make an offer that won’t be refused. In the end, the manufacturer solves several problems. Firstly, they earn money. Yes, it is a relatively small amount, but it’s the mass market, and that’s why the amount is not comparable with the supply of the more expensive models. Secondly, this is a great opportunity to increase market share, which is important for any company, especially in the context of intense competition between two major players. Thirdly it is the most reliable way to get supporters of their products that have received a positive experience, and will prefer the product from the same manufacturer and maybe this will be the device of the higher class. That’s why the graphics cards of entire class are important and none of the developers hide.
In the case of ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB, graphics processor includes 768 compute units, 48 texture units and 32 rasterizers.
It uses memory of GDDR5, running at 7000 MHz effective. Memory bus – 128 bit, and the final throughput in this configuration is 112,1 GB/s. NVIDIA focuses on the fact that its developers managed to further improve compression while transmitting data, the color schemes, that enables about 20% more efficient use of the available bandwidth of the memory subsystem, compared to what was available to Maxwell.
For this adapter no additional power is required. The necessary power can be provided by a slot PCI Express x16 slot on the motherboard.
ASUS has introduced four modifications of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. In this case we will discuss – EXPEDITION, devices which are positioned as a producer of reliable solutions for heavy loads 24/7. Merciless working conditions of iron are rather typical for all kinds of game cafes and clubs, popular in Asia, but fans can play at home and stick to such a regime.
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB has the recommended frequency formula. Base frequency of the GPU is set at the level of 1290 MHz with an average value of the acceleration to 1392 MHz. Graphics card has 4GB of GDDR5 memory running on the effective of 7008 MHz.
The card is offered in a compact box. The supplying includes only the most necessary things. These are the adapter in the anti-static bag, driver disk and quick start guide.
Design and layout
The exterior design of the ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB is simple but not trivial. The adapter case is very similar to the bar of almost the right shape.
The cooling system is not very complicated configuration. In the heart of the cooler there is quite massive aluminium disc with a non-trivial profile. Heat pipes are not provided in the design.
Radiator block is blown by a pair of 80 mm fans are axial type with large blades. And we should notice that fans are equipped with ball bearings, potentially extending their lives.
The adapter has two-slot design. To work ASUS EX-GTX1050TI-4G requires more power, because the corresponding connector is not provided.
The manufacturer recommends using a supply of 300 watts for the system c GeForce GTX 1050 Ti power.
The layout of the interface panel corresponds to the recommended. The mounting strip is displayed with three digital video outputs: DVI-D (DL), HDMI and DisplayPort.
In rest mode the card works in passive mode. It would seem that the adapter with a relatively simple configuration of the radiator unit is unlikely to cope with the cooling of the chip, but the results on the appropriate screenshot.
Alone GPU frequency is reduced to 139 MHz at 0,675 V. Therefore, even a modest radiator block is sufficient to keep the temperature of economical tiny chip in the range of 30-35 degrees.
The fans begin to spin for about 60, and in order to keep a maximum limit, turnover is increased by only up to 900 rpm while the graphics card runs almost silently.
Note that during load the GPU Boost mechanism in a regular mode increases the clock Casto chip to 1695 MHz.
5 ASSESSMENT thecomputerfinder.com
PROS: in class Performance; 4GB memory; very quiet cooling system; overclocking; excellent energy efficiency (performance per watt)
CONCLUSION: ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB offers very good capabilities in its class, which allows recommending it for gaming systems of beginner class. The graphics card is considerably more than productive Radeon RX 460 and at the same time it has a similar level of power consumption. However, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was originally marketed as a more rapid solution. They will use less expensive GeForce GTX 1050 to compete with the base model AMD. In any case, the appearance of these patterns will be a great catalyst for long-awaited change in the segment of basic discrete graphics. Deceptively simple at first glance, the cooling system copes with its main task. At rest the graphics card operates in a passive mode and at maximum load and the noise is barely visible. If desired, even without the additional power the graphics card can be accelerated by increasing the frequency of the graphics processor and memory.
Also see: Review of ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Dual and Review of ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1060
|GPU||GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
|Amount of memory, GB||4|
|Interface||PCI Express 3.0|
|Cooling System Design||Branded|
|Operating frequencies of the GPU, MHz||1290 (Boost – 1392)|
|Memory frequency, MHz||7008|
|Memory bus, bit||128|
|Output Connectors||1xDisplayPort, 1xHDMI 2.0, 1xDVI-D|
|Power consumption, W||no data|
|Recommended power supply, W||no data|
|Other||Dual-ball Bearing 0dB Fan, Super Alloy Power II|