Tuesday October 18, 2016

Introducing the ASUS Dual GTX 1050 Ti

The staggered roll-out of NVIDIA’s Pascal graphics architecture continues. This time, the GeForce 10 Series’ essence has been distilled for the mainstream audience in two new GPUs. The GP107-400 chip is the stronger of the two, and it’s our focus today under the guise of the ASUS Dual GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. With custom cooling and enhanced power delivery, the Dual is dressed to take full advantage of the GPU’s abilities. Armed with 768 CUDA cores clocked up to a Boost frequency of 1392MHz, plus 4GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit interface running at 7008MHz, the GP107-400 offers both higher clocks and more memory than its predecessor. Internal testing shows that the GTX 1050 Ti is on par with the GTX 960 and capable of delivering smooth frame rates at Full HD (1920أ—1080) resolution in all games. Titles with less demanding graphics, such as Counter-Strike and Rocket League, should see performance pushing the boundaries of high-refresh-rate 1080p monitors like the latest ROG Swift PG248Q.

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The GTX 960 is an efficient GPU, no doubt, but the 1050 Ti represents a landmark. At stock clocks, its power consumption is so low that the entire card stays within the 75W limit for PCI Express expansion slots. All power to the Dual is delivered by the slot, with no need for an auxiliary connection to the PSU. When paired with the GPU’s graphical prowess, this power efficiency is compelling in multiple ways. The most obvious is being able to install the Dual GTX 1050 Ti in older and off-the-shelf PCs that lack the PSU wattage and cabling to power older cards with equivalent performance.