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Recently, we took a look at the ASUS ROG Claymore mechanical keyboard. And today on the test bench we have a GTX 1050 GPU from the same company, just not the ROG branch. The product in question is the ASUS GTX 1050 Dual OC (DUAL-GTX1050-O2G-V2).
ASUS has about 11 variants available of the GTX 1050 CPU, and the one we are going to test today features a base clock speed of 1404MHz and 1518Mhz boost. As for memory, it’s equipped with 2GB of GDDDR5 memory running at 7008 MHz at 128-bit interface. The Dual line of ASUS GPUs features 2x fans with 9 blades and a black and white shroud. The GTX 1050 GPUs from the DUAL series don’t require any external power source like a 6pin power connect. The motherboard can provide it enough juice to operate.
The GTX 1050 in general features the Nvidia’s latest Pascal GPU architecture and sports 640 CUDA cores. It supports technologies like 3D Vision, PhysX, Nvidia G-Sync, ShadowWorks, Cuda, and Ansel. So without any further ado, let’s dive right into the unboxing of the GPU on next page.
ASUS GTX 1050 DUAL OC Unboxing
So we get the ASUS GTX 1050 Dual OC in a rectangular cardboard box. There’s a picture of white Tiger/Leopard on the right side of the box while the ASUS logo can be found on the top right corner. The product name is written on the left side, while some features are mentioned at the bottom.
On the back of the box, we get to know a lot more about the GPU. We have three different features highlighted. And some specifications of the GPU are also present at the bottom right corner.
This is what the left and right side of the box looks like. Here we have Dual series and the GPU name mentioned which makes it easier to distinguish the GPU from the shelves if they’re placed beside other GPUs.
On the top, we have the ASUS logo and the GPU model mentioned again.
ASUS GTX 1050 DUAL OC Closer Look
And this is how the ASUS GTX 1050 Dual OC looks like out of the box. The GPU features a dual fan with 9 blades design, that’s probably why this is called DUAL. Both the fans have ASUS sticker on them. As for the shroud, it has a black matte finish with 2 white strips on top. There’s also some designing done on the shroud for aesthetic purpose. At the bottom of the PCB, you can see the gold pin PCIe connector. And a little to the left where the GPU locks into the PCIe slot, you can see an ASUS logo as well.
The GTX 1050 Dual OC doesn’t come with a backplate. So this is what the naked PCB looks like from the back. Here we have an ASUS branding on the top right corner, then there’s some information stickers and certifications. Also visible are the 4 screws that are holding together the heatsink over the Pascal GPU.
Unfortunately, I could not open the GPU due to restriction from the supplier hence I cannot show you the PCB.
ASUS GTX 1050 DUAL OC Specification:
|Graphics Engine||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050|
|Bus Standard||PCI Express 3.0|
|Video Memory||GDDR5 2GB|
|Engine Clock||GPU Boost Clock : 1518 MHz
GPU Base Clock : 1404 MHz
|Memory Clock||7008 MHz|
|Resolution||Digital Max Resolution: 7680×4320|
|Interface||DVI Output : Yes x 1 (Native) (DVI-D)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1 (Native) (HDMI 2.0b)
Display Port : Yes x 1 (DisplayPort 1.4)
HDCP Support : Yes (2.2)
|Accessories||1 x CD
1 x Quick Guide
|Software||ASUS GPU Tweak II & Driver|
|Dimensions||8 ” x 4.5 ” x 1.5 ” Inch
20.3 x 11.5 x3.8 Centimeter
|CPU:||Intel Core i5 8600K 4.8GHz OC|
|Motherboard:||Aorus Z370 Gaming 5|
|GPU:||ASUS GTX 1050 Dual OC 2GB (DUAL-GTX1050-O2G-V2)|
|RAM:||ADATA XPG Spectrix D40 3200MHz 16GB|
|SSD:||PNY Optima 120GB for OS and drivers|
|HDD:||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM for Games and software|
|PSU:||Chieftec Nitro BPS-1200C 1200W 80+ Bronze|
|Chassis:||Thermaltake Core P3|
|Cooling solution:||Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm AIO|
|Monitor:||Gechic 1503H Portable Monitor|
|OS:||Windows 10 Build 16299.248|
The system booted with the GPU installation without any problem. We just needed to install the GPU driver to make it running at its full potential. So let’s take a look at what this GPU has to offer on the next page
The system we’re using in this review features an overclocked Intel Core i5 8600K to 4.8Ghz. The fan speed was left on the default curve throughout out our time with the GPU. Also, we opted for an open-frame chassis, Thermaltake Core P3 for this review so there’s a minimal influence of negative or positive air pressure or air flow. The thermal performance will vary in different chassis. The GPU was tested with the pre-defined OC profile in ASUS GPU Tweak II. And in that profile, the GPU boosts to 1772 MHz.
As far as benchmarks are concerned, we opted for a few benchmarking software and a select few games. The count of these benchmarking tools will increase in future. Do note that all of the reviews were ran twice or thrice and the scores you’ll see in the charts are the average between the results we got from our runs of the program.
The ASUS GTX 1050 DUAL OC we have for review only sports 2GB of GDDR5 memory, which was lacking for some of our benchmarks, but we still ran the tests for the data to be used in our future reviews. The performance of said tests is not ideal since they start stuttering which impacts the overall results. I’ve mentioned in chart descriptions where the memory was lacking.
As for our lists of benchmarks, we used the following programs:
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Time Spy
PerformanceTest 9.0 3D Graphics Mark
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
CS: GO (Benchmarked via MSI Afterburner)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The thermal performance of the GPU was noted by running Unigine Heaven for 15 minutes and the max temperature was noted. There was a gap of 10 minutes before the GPU was tested again at the overclocked settings so it could drop back to the idle temperature.
There’s no chart for the acoustic performance of the GPU since we lack the equipment for such test. Nor there’s a chart for the GPU wattage, but an expected number has been given on the concerned page.
Let’s have a look at some synthetic benchmark results before we dive into the gaming performance of the GPU.
The PerfomanceTest 9.0 is a great software for benchmarking a system as it features benchmark for about almost all of the PC components. And you can run selective tests as well. For the GPU review, we used the 3D Graphics Mark benchmark. And in this test, the GPU scored 6621 points
Next up, we have the 3DMark software. The 3DMark features multiple benchmarks capable of pushing heavy load on both GPU and CPU. And here’s the result of our run with the GPU in Firestrike.
And in Unigine Superposition, our system scored 3392 points. However, the GPU once again fall short on the memory.
Now let’s have a look at the gaming performance of the ASUS GTX 1050 Dual OC. 4 of the games from our lists were tested in different resolution and presets, while Bioshock Infinite was only ran at 1080P on Ultra settings with DX12 API and DDOF.
First up, we have Bioshock, one of the light title in our benchmark list. The title was released back in 2013 and features some of the best visual experience and story. In our 1080P run at Ultra settings with DX11 API and DDOF enabled, we can see that the GPU is very capable of handling the title at its max settings and providing a smooth gaming experience.
Next up, we have Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a title from 2012 that’s still played in masses throughout the world and have at least two major tournaments each year. And the GPU seems more than capable of handling CS: GO even at 1440P at high settings. But let’s be honest, we all want maximum performance in this game and would be willing to sacrifice some of the visual experience for that, so you can expect even better results at lower settings.
In Thief, a title from 2014, you get to play as Garrett, a master thief in a steampunk world. The game features in-game benchmark and is also very well optimized to give recurring results so we decided to include it on our list as well. And seems like the GPU is capable of handling the game at 1080P for a smooth experience be that High or Very High preset.
Next up, we have Rise of the Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics, published by Square Enix. The game features a vast world with some great visuals. And once again, it seems like the 1080P is the perfect spot if you’re playing this game, but at high preset. The GPU doesn’t have enough raw power to handle the game at very high preset.
And who can forget Grand Theft Auto V. One of the most famous open-world title from Rockstar? The title was initially launched on consoles, while the PC port followed later in 2015. The title doesn’t feature pre-defined presets so our settings can be seen on graphs. We tried two presets with the game and once again, the 1080p at high prest seems like the sweet spot for the best experience. The GPU, however, lacks enough memory for very high details but the results are acceptable.
And the most taxing game that we have on our list is Assassin’s Creed Origin from Ubisoft. The title is fairly new and was launched just last year. Just like GTA: V, Assassin’s Creed Origins is also an open world game and feature the series’ largest map size. And here, the ASUS GTX 1050 Dual OC was unable to achieve acceptable results at 1080p in high settings. However, the GPU lacked enough memory even for 1080P at high resolution.
Overclocking & Performance:
The ASUS GTX 1050 Dual OC is bundled with ASUS Tweak II software and the GPU can be overclocked from there. But we opted for the MSI afterburner for overclocking the GPU because of the multi-functionality of the software.
The GPU has a max power limit of 100%. After some time playing around with the GPU, I was able to achieve a stable boost clock of 1898MHz and 3879MHz memory with +115MHz on the core clock and +375Mhz on the memory clock. So let’s find out how much improvement have our overclock brought to the table below.
And in Superposition, there was an increase of 216 points. So now that we have seen the improvements in synthetic benchmarks, now let’s check out if we had some increase in Gaming performance as well.
In Bioshock Infinite, the GPU was able to handle the game even at Ultra settings at 1080P at stock settings but with the overclocked settings, we saw an increase of about 4 to 5 FPS in minimum and average FPS. Which is well worth it.
When it comes to Thief, there wasn’t any difference in the average FPS, but an increase in minimum and Maximum FPS is noticeable. I wouldn’t consider this as much of an achievement if this was any other game, but since Thief is one of those well-optimized game where you get a smooth and identical performance in all your runs, this was a good feat for the GPU.
And when it comes to the most power hungry game on our list, we only see about 1 to 2 FPS gain. I would neglect the minimum and maximum FPS as those were mostly spikes in the benchmarks due to memory shortage.
Temperature, Acoustic and Power Consumption:
As mentioned in the methodology section, during the thermal test, the fan curves were set to default and the ambient temperature was 16C. At stock, the GPU hovers around 29C in the idle state however it never crossed the 60C barrier and 50% fan speed. And when it comes to thermal performance at overclocked settings, the GPU sits around 31C in idle state and reached a maximum temperature of 67C with GPU fan speed still below 50%.
So it’s clear that the GPU has an amazing cooling solution which should get you by the unbearable heat of summertime in Pakistan without any trouble.
And as far as the loudness of the fans is concerned, I was using an open-air test bench and my AIO cooler and PSU fans easily overtook the loudness of the GPU. So, if you’re using a standard chassis with closed side panels and your system loudness without the GPU is quiet, you shouldn’t notice the GPU at all.
As for the power consumption goes, we didn’t have any multimeter or PSU that could give us the numbers, nor does the GPU come with a wattage sensor onboard so we could check it from the GPU-Z. However, the GPU only takes power from the PCIe slot which only provides 75Watts to the GPU. So, in short, the ASUS GTX 1050 DUAL OC shouldn’t take more than 75Watts.
From our benchmarks, it’s clear that the GPU is able to handle most of the games from our lists at 1080P at high or very high settings depending on the type and details of the game. It is only when you put a recent and power hog game onto the list, the GPU starts to show it’s weaknesses. And even with power limit at max by default, we were able to squeeze out some extra juice from the GPU within safe limits. So there’s always that extra performance gain available in most cases unless your luck is pretty bad when it comes to the silicon lottery. Just like mine.
There’s only one drawback that I found with this GPU, and it is the 2GB memory, which I found to be a limiting factor and can be an annoyance. Even though the GPU is able to handle the details at certain presets, it’s however not enough to render the detail beforehand or on-screen in certain games/benchmarks. Some things would pop out of nowhere when playing games that require more memory like GTA V and Assassin’s Creed Origins which also causes stutters. This does not affect the average FPS performance too much, however, it can be an annoyance when you’re immersed in the games. So a larger memory would have helped.
As for the cooling goes, the GPU never crossed 67C and 50% fan speed even when overclocked. So there’s still more headroom available for cooling performance when summer arrives. And the best part about this GPU is that it doesn’t require any extra power pin connector from the PSU, which makes it ideal for a budget HTPC or mediocre 1080P gaming system.
The ASUS GTX 1050 DUAL OC (DUAL-GTX1050-O2G-V2) is available in Pakistan for 20250 PKR and can be bought from GT Store or you can approach Easetec for further inquiries. And at this price point, and considering the prices of GPUs a tier above currently, I can easily recommend this GPU to anyone who is looking for a GPU capable of gaming at 1080P with just a little bit of sacrifice on the details and texture load times in certain power and memory hungry games.
I would like to thank ASUS Pakistan and Easetec for making this possible and arranging the sample.