Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti review: The new budget gaming champions

Two worthy successors to the legendary GTX 750 Ti.

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  • MSI GTX 1050 2G OC

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    $110.00 MSRP $110.00
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  • EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming

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    $149.99 MSRP $150.00
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Test 5: Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity, running on Oxide’s custom Nitrous engine, was an early standard-bearer for DirectX 12, and many months later it’s still the premier game for seeing what next-gen graphics technologies have to offer. (It’s a fun real-time strategy game, too!) The performance gains it offers with DX12 over DX11 are eye-opening on Radeon cards—at least more potent ones.

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That advantage is mostly nullified at this budget-friendly price point. Once again, even the $110 GTX 1050 trounces the $140 Radeon RX 460 4GB in sheer performance, while the similarly priced EVGA GTX 1050 Ti leads by roughly 10 fps—a relative chasm when we’re talking about overall frame rates in the 30fps to 40fps range. Once again, Nvidia’s new card embarrasses the Radeon RX 460 even in a game that leans heavily towards AMD cards.

All of the entry-level graphics cards struggle to clear 40 frames per second, much less 60fps. Fortunately, that matters less in slower-paced RTS games like this.

Next page: Gears of War 4

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