ASUS Strix & Strix OC
Of course we start with the letter A from ASUS. This manufacturer sent us four models for our test. We're looking at four Strix cards: two GTX 1050's and two 1050 Ti's. They sent us an overclocked version and a variant that runs at Nvidia's reference speeds. The overclocked models both feature an OC of about 100 MHz.
It's nearly impossible to tell the cards apart purely based on appearance. All cards feature a DirectCU II cooler with two fans. Thanks to the so-called 0dB mode the fans turn off if the card is not under load, which means that the cards are fully silent during non-intensive usage. All ASUS cards feature an extra 6-pin PEG connector.
A unique feature is FanConnect. It's a fancy name for the extra 4-pin fan connector that has been placed on the PCB, which allows you to control a case fan based on the GPU temperature. Now, the 1050 series does not exactly consist of cards that require a bunch of extra cooling, however it never hurts to have some - even if it's just because you don't have enough fan connectors on your motherboard.
The ASUS GTX 1050 Strix is available for about 145 pounds, the 1050 Ti costs 200 pounds. The overclocked 1050 barely costs more than the non-overclocked variant, however the 1050 Ti Strix OC is about 15 pounds more.