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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

1. Meet the ASUS EX-GTX1050TI-4G (Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti)

Nvidia has recently added two new gaming GPUs to its lineup of NVIDIA-Pascal based GPUs — the GeForce GTX 1050, starting at $109, and the GTXD 1050 Ti, starting at $139.

The Ti version has 4GB of DDR5, while the 1050 has half that. The 1050 Ti also has 768 CUDA cores, while the 1050 has 640.

The 4GB GTX 1050 Ti contains 768 CUDA cores clocked at 1,290MHz to 1,392MHz. (For comparison, the $200 3GB GTX 1060 holds 1,152 CUDA cores at up to 1,708MHz.) It is built around a new "GP107" graphics processor that offers all the same features as Nvidia’s other Pascal-based GTX 10-series cards - Ansel super screenshots, Fast Sync, simultaneous multi-projection, performance-boosting multi-resolution shading, and more.

The new card is designed to let you play your favorite games at 1080p and 60fps with good quality settings.

  GTX 1050 Ti
CUDA Cores 768
Texture Units 48
ROPs 32
Core Clock 1290MHz
Boost Clock 1392MHz
Memory Clock 7Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 128-bit
FP64 1/32
Transistor Count 3.3B
Outputs 1 x Native DVI-D output
1 x Native HDMI 2.0 output
1 x Native Display Port 1.4
Manufacturing Process Samsung 14nm

GTX 1050 Ti custom boards are available from NVIDIA GeForce Partners, and today we have our hands the ASUS EXPEDITION-GTX1050TI-4G model.

The ASUS EXPEDITION-GTX1050TI-4G graphics card we are testing today is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPUs. It features an extra-durable design and consumes low power when run at stock clock speed keeps - below the 75W power limit provided by PCI Express (PCIe) expansion slots. The power to the graphics card is delivered by the slot, with no need for an auxiliary connection to the power supply.

The ASUS graphics card is produced using Auto-Extreme technology - an 100 percent-automated production process - and is built using premium Super Alloy Power II components that enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, decrease component buzzing under load, and lower thermal temperatures. It also includes GPU Tweak II for performance tweaking. With one click, the Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 14-day XSplit Gamecaster license lets gamers stream or record gameplay via an in-game overlay. The overlay also displays GPU clock speed, temperature, and VRM usage, and has GPU Tweak II controls.

The ASUS Expedition GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card comes with a dual-ball-bearing fan that eliminates the problem of oil drying found in sleeve-bearing fans. With reduced friction, they also run smoother, further improving card lifespan and cooling efficiency.

The card's length is about 212mm and it has no power connector, as it is powered by the PCI Express slot:


Connectivity options include 1 DisplayPort 1 DVI-D port and 1 HDMI 2.0 port.

We tested the AMD Radeon RX 480 (8GB) 1080 using the following PC setup:

CPU Core i7-6700K
Motherboard ASUS Z170-A
Memory DDR4-2133 8GB × 2 (15-15-15-35,1.20V)
Storage 256GB SSD
Graphics driver Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2 Hotfix/ GeForce 375.57
OS Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Other cards appearing in comparison charts

Radeon RX 460 (4GB) - "ASUS STRIX-RX460-O4G-GAMING"


GeForce GTX 960 (2GB) - "ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5"

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB - "ASUS STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING"


Basic clock speeds of the cards that appear on this review
Base clock
Boost clock
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 1,290 MHz 1,392 MHz 7Gbps / 4GB
Radeon RX 460 Unknown 1,200 MHz 7Gbps / 4GB
GeForce GTX 950 OC 1,061 MHz (+ 37MHz) 1,250 MHz (+ 62MHz) 7Gbps / 2GB
GeForce GTX 960 OC 1,164 MHz (+ 37MHz) 1,227 MHz (+ 49MHz) 7Gbps / 2GB
GeForce GTX 1060 OC 1,552 MHz (+ 46MHz) 1,780 MHz (+ 72MHz) 8Gbps / 6GB

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