As always with our reviews of custom cards we'll test a selection of games whenever AMD or Nvidia releases a new GPU. After all we want to find out how the card performs compared to other cards based on the same GPU, in this case compared to other GTX 1050s and 1050 Tis.
Our test system runs on Windows 10 64 bit and consists of the following components:
- Intel Core i7 5960X @ 4,0 GHz
- MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC motherboard
- 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory @ 2133 MHz 13-13-13-36-2T
- Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSD
- Seasonic Platinum Series 1200W PSU
- NZXT Kraken X60 CPU cooler
- Cooler Master Test Bench
- Iiyama G-Master 'Gold Phoenix' GB2888UHSU-B1
- Driver version: GeForce 378.78
We run 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme with the graphics cards, as well as the following games:
- Battlefield 4
- DiRT Rally
- Far Cry Primal
- Metro Last Light
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
The aforementioned games are run at two resolutions and two quality pre-sets:
- 1920x1080 (Full HD) Medium / Normal
- 1920x1080 (Full HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
- 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Medium / Normal
- 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
We also measure the power consumption and noise levels of the graphics cards. Lastly we also look at how the clockspeed changes during a long gaming session, to find out if the cooler on the card is adequate enough to prevent thermal throttling.
We also included a couple of 'normal' GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Tis in the graphs, for reference, however it should be noted that this comparison isn't completely fair.