• GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti
  • Memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • Ports: HDMI x1, DisplayPort x1, DVI-D x1
  • Slot Size: Double
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Compact
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark
  • Fire Strike: 9,318 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 4,597 points
  • Fire Strike Ultra: 1,861 points
  • Time Spy: 2,538 points

Go On A Gaming Expedition

NVIDIA’s line of Pascal GPUs have been selling like hotcakes over the past several months, with users being able to play games at resolutions higher that Full HD on certain games even with cards like the GTX 1060. That being said, the price even for one of these cards can be a bit prohibitive in Malaysia. The ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti aims to provide you with a great gaming experience that does not drain your bank account’s resources.

The beauty about the 1050 Ti comes in several points. First of all, the card is a very compact graphics solution, which makes it perfect for various desktop PC solutions, ranging from full-sized ATX machines, right down to mini-ITX cases. The other selling point of the card is also the fact that it runs power that is delivered over the PCIE slot, meaning that the card does not need to be hooked up to the power supply to run.

The Expedition GTX 1050 Ti uses dual ball-bearing dust-proof fans, and while these aren’t exactly the same as the STRIX or DirectCU fans that are on the higher-end cards, ASUS still included features such as the 0dB technology, which means the fans on the card don’t spin unless the card is under a certain temperature threshold.

The card features 768 cores operating at a base clock of 1,290MHz and boost of 1,392MHz. This is paired with 4GB of super-fast 7GHz GDDR5 memory. This means that even at Full HD resolutions, you will still be able to play most modern games at relatively high settings.

And true enough, when we tested the card with games such as Doom, Rise of The Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto V, the card is capable of churning great FPS numbers even with some of the graphics settings turned up.

That said, these cards are marketed towards those who feel more at home playing games like DoTA 2, League of Legends and CounterStrike: Global Offensive, and in the cases of these games, the card runs these games flawlessly even at max settings at 1080p.

Another thing to note is that the card, even with the fan running at max, is still silent, making it an ideal card if you need your machine to be quiet even during the heat of gaming.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti is a highly recommended card if you’re looking to buy a new GPU that doesn’t tear a new hole in your wallet.

(previously published in issue December 2016)